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William Wright Heard

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Union Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death: May 31, 1926 (73)
New Orleans, LA, USA (Long illness, partial paralysis)
Place of Burial: New Orleans, LA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephen Southard Heard and Mary Ann Heard
Husband of Isabelle Elizabeth Heard
Father of Eva Augusta Dooley; William Allen Heard; Manning Wright Heard; Louisiana Belle Heard; William Wright Heard, III and 1 other
Brother of Thomas Anderson Heard; Jane Heard; Charles Anderson Heard; Mary Heard; Joseph Walker Heard and 4 others

Occupation: 33rd Governor of Louisiana, Accountant and State Senator,
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About William Wright Heard

William Wright Heard, a protege of Governor Foster, received the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1900. Because of previous efforts to disenfranchise blacks, Republicans, and white Populists, the Democratic nomination was tantamount to election.

Heard enjoyed a low-key term. His Bourbon predecessor had eliminated the corrupt lottery and the convict lease system, and had weakened the burgeoning populist movement which might otherwise have empowered poor whites.

Heard did not have to face any major crises. While Governor, he moved control of the prison system from independent lessees to the State Penitentiary Board of Control. He signed legislation creating the first State Board of Education, parish school boards, and a State Crop Pest Commission to wage an unsuccessful war against the cotton boll weevil.

Heard, one historian wrote, by 1914 "had spent virtually his entire adult life on the public payroll, mostly in second level administrative positions where little leadership was called for. For that reason, he may possess the distinction of having been the first modem career bureaucrat to occupy Louisiana's political summit."

Heard died in New Orleans in 1926.

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William Wright Heard's Timeline

April 28, 1853
Union Parish, Louisiana, USA
January 21, 1885
Age 31
Age 33
Age 42
Age 47
Age 51
May 31, 1926
Age 73
New Orleans, LA, USA
New Orleans, LA, USA