Historical records matching Robert "Bob" Kennon
About Robert "Bob" Kennon
As Governor, Bob Kennon wanted to take a "civics book approach to government." After defeating Earl Long, Kennon reestablished the state civil service which Long had abolished and pushed for state constitutional amendments to reduce the powers of the executive office. He supported home rule for New Orleans, reducing the kind of interference governors had long practiced in the state's most populous city.
Kennon tried to forestall the implementation of the Supreme Court's desegregation decision in Louisiana, supporting segregationists' efforts to construct defenses around the "separate and equal" public education systems.
Kennon's reforms extended into the social arena. He fought organized crime in the state by attacking gambling and prostitution. He also reformed the prison system and installed voting machines in every precinct. Kennon administered a corruption-free executive branch.
After his term, he returned to his law practice in Baton Rouge. Kennon again ran for governor in 1963 but was defeated in the first primary. He died in 1988.
Governor of Louisiana (1952-1956)
Robert "Bob" Kennon's Timeline
August 21, 1902
Minden, Webster, Louisiana, United States
January 11, 1988
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Louisiana State University
Young Cemetery, Zachary, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States