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Robert Louis MOUTON

(1892-1956)

MOUTON, Robert Louis, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Duchamp, St. Martin Parish, La., October 20, 1892; moved with his parents to Lafayette, La., where he attended the public schools; was graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute, Lafayette, La.; employed as a clerk in a bank in 1911 and 1912; member of the faculty of St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, La., 1912-1914; engaged in the insurance business and also operated a night school at Lafayette, La., in 1915 and 1916; served as aide to the general receiver of customs on the island of Haiti, in 1916 and as collector of customs at Gonaives, Haiti, from March 1917 to April 1919; during the First World War enlisted in the United States Marine Corps; served as an interpreter and intelligence officer attached to the first squadron of the first marine aviation outfit overseas from May 1918 to January 1919; returned to Lafayette and engaged in horticultural pursuits; mayor of Lafayette 1919-1927 and 1931-1935; postmaster from May 1929 until his resignation in November 1930; member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, with rank of captain; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1940; resumed his horticultural and real estate interests; died in New Orleans, La., November 26, 1956; interment in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Lafayette, La.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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