List of people from Louisiana


List of people from Louisiana

People from the state of Louisiana who have achieved fame or note include:

A

*Jamar Adcock (1917–1991) politician and banker
*Trace Adkins (born 1962) singer/songwriter
*Robert Adley (born 1947) politician from Bossier Parish
*Calhoun Allen (1921–1991) mayor of Shreveport, 1970-1978
*Jacques Amans (1801–1888) neoclassical portrait artist
*Jimmy Anselmo (born 1944) owner of Jimmy's Music Club
*Phil Anselmo (born 1968) singer/songwriter, Pantera
*Louis Armstrong (1901–1971) musician & entertainer
*Evelyn Ashford (born 1957) Olympic champion
*James Benjamin Aswell (1869–1931) US Representative and college president
*The Axeman (fl. 1918) serial killer
*Douglas F. Attaway (1910–1994) newspaper publisher and television station owner in Shreveport; advocate of Red River navigation
*Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock (1915–1987) state House Speaker and lieutenant governor from 1960-1972

B

*George Washington Baines (1809–1882) Baptist pastor and evangelist, maternal great-grandfather of Lyndon Baines Johnson
*Fred Baden (born 1934) politician
*Ben Bagert (born 1943) lawyer, politician
*John Henry Baker (born 1934) politician
*Richard Baker (born 1948) former U.S. Representative
*Jesse Bankston (born 1907) politician
*Allen Bares (1936-2008) politician
*C. E. "Cap" Barham (1905–1972) state senator and later lieutenant governor from 1952-1956
*Edwards Barham (born 1937) first Republican elected to Louisiana state senate since Reconstruction, served 1976-1980
*Robert J. Barham (born 1949) Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; former Republican state senator
*Danny Barker (1909–1994) singer/songwriter, musician, writer
*Dave Bartholomew (born 1920) musician, composer, promoter
*Ron Bean (1938–2005) politician, pilot for Richard Nixon
*Murphy Bell (1921-2008) civil rights attorney
*Jack Batton (1913-1996) mayor of Minden (1978-1982)
*Gary Beard (born 1956) politician
*Hazel Beard (born 1930) mayor of Shreveport (1990-1994)
*P.G.T. Beauregard (1818–1893) general, inventor
*Geoffrey Beene (1927–2004) fashion designer
*Sidney Bechet (1897–1959) musician
*E. J. Bellocq (1873–1949) photographer
*Judah P. Benjamin (1811–1884) senator, Confederate cabinet member, lawyer in Great Britain
*Sherman A. Bernard (born 1925) former insurance commissioner
*J. Rayburn Bertrand (1918–2005) mayor of Lafayette
*B.G. (born 1980) rapper, musician
*Rene J. Bienvenu (1923–1983) university president
*Bienville (Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne) (1680–1767) French colonial governor, founder of New Orleans
*Cecil R. Blair (1916–2001) state representative and state senator from Rapides Parish
*Terrence Blanchard (born 1962) musician, composer
*Kathleen Blanco (born 1942) Governor of Louisiana (2004-2008)
*Walter Boasso (born 1960) politician, businessman
*Jean Boese (1925–2004) politician and poet laureate
*Lindy Boggs (born 1916) congresswoman, ambassador
*Buddy Bolden (1877–1930) musician, "inventor of jazz"(?)
*William R. "Billy" Boles, Sr. (born 1927) politician, banker
*Skip Bolen photographer
*Bruce M. Bolin (born 1950) state representative; district court judge
*James E. Bolin (1914-2002) state representative; district court judge; appeal court judge
*C. J. Bolin (1924–2007) district court judge in Caddo Parish
*James Booker (1939–1983) musician
*Billy Joe Booth (1940-1972) Canadian football player for Ottawa Rough Riders of Canadian Football League
*Charles Boustany (born 1956) US Representative
*W. George Bowdon, Jr. (1921–2005) state representative and mayor of Alexandria (1953-1969)
*Kenny Bowen (1926–2002) mayor of Lafayette
*James H. Boyce (1922–1990) Baton Rouge businessman, Republican politician
*Betsy Boze nee: Vogel (born 1953) University President Kent State University Stark Campus
*Terry Bradshaw (born 1948) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
*Parey Branton (born 1918) politician
*Wellman Braud (1891–1966) musician
*John Breaux (born 1944) US Senator
*Poppy Z. Brite (born 1967) writer
*Overton Brooks (1897–1961) politician
*Marc Broussard (born 1982) singer/songwriter
*Algie D. Brown (1910-2004) politician
*Campbell Brown (born 1968) journalist
*Edmund Graves Brown (1921-2008) newspaper executive
*H. Rap Brown (born 1943), black activist imprisoned in Georgia
*James H. "Jim" Brown (born 1940) politician
*Ossie Brown (1926-2008) attorney; politician
*Sharon Brown Miss USA 1961
*Tom Brown (1888–1958) musician
*Roy Brun (born 1953) State Representative and judge in Caddo Parish
*George Brunies (1902–1974) musician
*Richard Burford (born 1946) politician
*Victor Bussie (born 1919) AFL-CIO president from 1956 to 1997
*Noel "Gene" Byars (born 1939) politician

C

*George Washington Cable (1844–1925) writer
*James David Cain (born 1938) politician
*Jefferson Caffery (1886–1974) US ambassador
*Buddy Caldwell (born 1946) attorney general of Louisiana since 2008
*Foster Campbell (born 1947) politician
*Billy Cannon (born 1937) LSU Heisman Trophy winner
*Truman Capote (1924–1984) writer
*Lindsey Cardinale (born 1985) "American Idol" finalist, country singer
*Kitty Carlisle (1910-2007) entertainer; married to playwright Moss Hart
*Lane Carson (born 1947) first Vietnam veteran to serve in Louisiana House of Representatives
*Tommy Casanova (born 1950) American football player, ophthalmologist, politician
*James Carville (born 1944) political consultant
*Don Cazayoux (born 1964) politician
*Kate Chopin (1851–1904) author
*Ben Claassen III (born 1978) illustrator and comics artist "DIRTFARM"
*William C. C. Claiborne (1775–1817) first US Governor of Louisiana
*Clifton Chenier (1925–1987) Zydeco musician
*Claire Chennault (1893–1958) aviator, general
*Patricia Clarkson (born 1959) actress
*Ernest Clements (1898–1987) politician
*A.C. "Ace" Clemons, Jr., (1921–1992) first Republican state senator since Reconstruction, switched parties in 1970
*Van Cliburn (born 1934) pianist
*Boyer Coe (born 1946) bodybuilder
*Vincent Coleman (1901–1971) actor
*Tom Colten (1922–2004) newspaper publisher and politician
*Amie Comeaux (1976–1997) country singer
*Harry Connick, Jr., (born 1967) musician, entertainer
*Harry Connick, Sr., (born 1926) district attorney, singer
*John Cooksey (born 1941) US Representative
*Joe Henry Cooper (1918–1980) state representative from De Soto Parish
*Rob Couhig (born 1949) politician, businessman
*Kent Courtney (1918–1997) Radical Right politician
*Carl Crane (born 1939) state representative from Baton Rouge
*Lane Crockett (born 1942) entertainment journalist from Shreveport
*Noah W. Cross (1908-1976) sheriff of Concordia Parish, 1944-1974
*Ed Cullen (born 1946) journalist and radio essayist
*Paul N. Cyr (1878–1946) lieutenant governor who quarrelled with Huey Pierce Long, Jr.

D

*Jay Dardenne (born 1954) state senator and secretary of state
*John T. David (1897-1974) politician
*Jimmie Davis (1899–2000) singer, Governor of Louisiana
*Nelder Dawson (1928-2006) newspaper executive
*Michael E. DeBakey (born 1908) pioneering cardiovascular surgeon
*Edmond Dede (1827-1903) musician, composer
*J.D. DeBlieux (1912-2005) state senator
*Robert DeBlieux (born 1933) historian and mayor of Natchitoches (1976-1980)
*Ellen DeGeneres (born 1958) actress, comedian
*Charles deGravelles (1913-2008) Republican politician and businessman from Lafayette
*Virginia deGravelles (born 1915) former Republican national committeewoman
*Jake Delhomme (born 1975) Carolina Panthers quarterback
*John Desmond (1922-2008) architect
*George Despot (1927–1991) politician and businessman
*Henry C. Dethloff (born 1934) historian
*Charles W. DeWitt, Jr. (born 1947) politician and rancher
*S. S. DeWitt (1914-1998) politician
*Margaret Dixon (1908–1970) newspaper editor
*William Joseph "Bill" Dodd (1909–1991) politician
*Monroe E. Dodd (1878–1952) Baptist clergyman, educator, and early radio evangelist in Shreveport
*Fats Domino (born 1928) musician
*Jim Donelon (born 1944) politician
*Caroline Dormon (1888–1971) naturalist, horticulturist, promoter of Kisatchie National Forest
*Glenn Dorsey (born 1985) LSU Tigers defensive tackle
*Donna Douglas (born 1933) television star, "The Beverly Hillbillies"
*Hunt Downer (born 1946) politician; National Guard officer
*Dee D. Drell (born 1947) U.S. district judge in Alexandria
*Harmon Drew, Jr. (born 1946), appeals court judge, musician
*R. Harmon Drew, Sr. (1916–1995) judge, state representative
*Clyde Drexler (born 1962) former NBA star, Basketball Hall of Famer
*David Duke (born 1950) Radial Right politician
*Forrest Dunn (born 1928) politician and museum curator
*Mark Duper (born 1959) Miami Dolphins wide receiver
*Adrian G. Duplantier (1929–2007) U.S. District Judge and former state senator from Orleans Parish
*Champion Jack Dupree (c. 1909 – 1992) boxer, musician
*JaJuan Dawson (born ????) football player
*David Dellucci (born 1973) Cleveland Indians outfielder
*Warrick Dunn (born 1975) Atlanta Falcons running back
*Joey Durel (born 1953) mayor of Lafayette since 2004
*Claude B. Duval (1914–1986) politician
*Stanwood Duval (born 1942) federal judge in New Orleans

E

*Edwin Edwards (born 1927) former Governor of Louisiana
*Allen J. Ellender (1890–1972) Congressman, United States Senator and President Pro Tem of the Senate
*Randy Ewing (born 1944) politician and businessman*
*John D. Ewing (1892-1952) newspaper executive
*Robert Wilson Ewing, I (1859-1931) newspaper executive
*Robert Wilson Ewing, III (1935-2007) newspaper executive; photographer

F

*Clyde Fant (1905–1973) mayor of Shreveport
*Herman Farr (1917-2008) civil rights activist; Shreveport City Council member
*Kevin Faulk (born 1976) New England Patriots running back, LSU Hall of Famer
*Marshall Faulk (born 1973) St. Louis Rams running back
*Trev Faulk (born 1981) St. Louis Rams linebacker
*Valerie Fitzenreiter (born 1955) author, unschooling advocate
*Jimmy Fitzmorris (born 1921) politician, lieutenant governor
*Buddy Flett (born 1954) musician Fact|date = July 2008
*Mary Alice Fontenot (1910–2003) author
*Faith Ford (born 1964) actress
*Frankie Ford (born 1939) singer
*Mike Foster (born 1930) Governor of Louisiana
*Murphy J. Foster (1849–1921) Governor of Louisiana
*Pete Fountain (born 1930) musician
*John B. Fournet (1895–1984) Speaker of the Louisiana House, lieutenant governor , Associate and Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
*Douglas Fowler (1906–1980) politician
*Jerry Marston Fowler (born 1940) politician and convicted felon
*Mike Francis (born 1946) businessman, Republican politician
*Lether Frazar (1904–1960) politician and college president, author of state teacher retirement law
*A.A. Fredericks (1891–1975) politician and college president
*Dennis Freeman (1940-2007) politician
*Mannie Fresh (born 1974) record producer, musician
*Frank Fulco (1908-1999) politician
*Henry L. Fuqua (1865–1926) Governor of Louisiana (1924-1926), died in office

G

*Ernest Gaines (born 1933) author
*Count Bernardo de Gálvez (1746–1786) Spanish governor, viceroy of New Spain
*James C. Gardner (born 1924) mayor of Shreveport, 1954-1958, called "Mr. Shreveport"
*John Sidney Garrett (1921–2005) politician
*Jim Garrison (1921–1992) former New Orleans district attorney and later a state judge
*Randall Gay (born 1982) cornerback for the New Orleans Saints
*Terry W. Gee (born 1940) state representative and businessman
*J.C. "Sonny" Gilbert (born 1922) state representative and state senator
*Mickey Gilley (born 1936) musician, singer, nightclub owner
*George Girard (1930–1957) musician
*Jasper Goodwill (1889-1974) mayor of Minden, 1955-1958
*Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829–1869) pianist, composer
*Lucille May Grace (1900–1957) first woman in statewide elected office as register of state lands
*Shirley Ann Grau (born 1929) writer
* Webster "Webbie" Gradney Jr. (born 1985) rapper
*Danny Granger forward for the Indiana Pacers
*Camille Gravel (1915–2005) lawyer, advisor to governors
*Jack P.F. Gremillion (1914–2001) attorney general
*Grits Gresham (1922-2008) sportsman, journalist
*Moon Griffon (born 1961) statewide conservative radio talk show host
*Dudley A. Guglielmo (1909–2005) insurance commissioner
*Troyce Guice (1932-2008) businessman, politician
*Ron Guidry (born 1950) New York Yankees pitcher
*Bryant Gumbel (born 1948) television anchor, sportscaster
*Greg Gumbel (born 1946) sportscaster
*Stephen L. Gunn (born 1946) politician
*William J. "Billy" Guste, Jr., (born 1922) attorney general, politician, businessman
*Buddy Guy (born 1936) blues musician

H

*Billy Hagan (1932–2007) Championship NASCAR owner and racer, businessman
*Jan Hamer (1927-2008) organic chemist
*John Hampson (????) inventor of venetian blinds
*Paul J. Hardy (born 1942) state senator, secretary of state, lieutenant governor
*Winsor Harmon (born 1963) actor, The Bold and the Beautiful
*"'Allen "Puddler" Harris (born 1936), pianist for Ricky Nelson and Jimmie Davis
*Eric W. Harris (1916-2007), businessman
* Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch (born 1983) rapper
*Fred Haynes (1946–2006), LSU football player
*O.H. Haynes, Jr. (1920-1996) Webster Parish sheriff
*Bobby Hebert (born 1960) former New Orleans Saints quarterback known as "Cajun Cannon"
*Felix Edward Hébert (1901–1979) journalist, politician
*Paul M. Hebert (1907–1977) judge, LSU Law School dean
*Marie Alice Heine (1858–1925) first American Princess of Monaco
*Lillian Hellman (1905–1984) playwright
*Charlie Hennigan (born 1935) football player
*Clarence "Frogman" Henry (born 1937) singer, musician
*E. L. "Bubba" Henry (born 1936) politician, lawyer, lobbyist
*L. B. Henry (1920-2008) politician
*George Herriman (1880–1944) "Krazy Kat" cartoonist
*Andrew Higgins (1886–1952) shipbuilder, industrialist
*Wiley W. Hilburn (born 1938) journalist, educator
*Al Hirt (1922–1999) musician
*Ken Hollis (born 1942) state senator from Jefferson Parish (1982-2008)
*Clyde C. Holloway (born 1943) US Representative
*Russel L. Honoré (born 1947) general
*Taylor Horn (born 1992) singer and actress
*Arlene Howell (born 1935) Miss USA 1958 and actress
*Jerry Huckaby (born 1941) US Representative
*Morley Hudson (1917–2001) State Representative, advocate for the mentally retarded
*Sarah Hudson-Pierce (born 1948) author and book publisher from Shreveport
*John S. Hunt, III (1928-2001) Monroe attorney; politician
*Clementine Hunter (c. 1886 – 1988) folk artist

I

*Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville (1661–1706) founder of the Louisiana colony
*Richard Ieyoub (born 1944) attorney general (1992-2004)
*Walter Isaacson (born 1952) author, journalist, CEO

J

*Mahalia Jackson (1911–1972) gospel singer
*Woody Jenkins (born 1947) politician
*Bobby Jindal (born 1971) [currently governor of Louisiana [politician]
*Bill Johnson (1872–1972) jazz musician
*John Bennett Johnston, Jr., (born 1932) U.S. Senator (1972-1997)
*Bert Jones (born 1951) LSU Tigers & Baltimore Colts quarterback
*Robert Gambrell "Bob" Jones (born 1939) politician, businessman
*Sam Houston Jones (1897–1978) Governor of Louisiana
*J. Lomax Jordan (born 1952) state senator from Lafayette, 1992-2000
*Juvenile (born 1975) rapper

K

*Ed Karst (1931–1992), mayor of Alexandria (1969-1973), gubernatorial candidate, 1991
*Kay Katz (born 1940), state representative from Ouachita Parish and Republican National Committeewoman from Louisiana
*William P. Kellogg (1830–1918) Congressman, Governor and United States Senator
*Donald G. Kelly (born 1941), state senator from Natchitoches, 1976-1996
*Donald Ray Kennard (born 1937), state representative from Baton Rouge since 1976
*John N. Kennedy (born 1951) current Louisiana State Treasurer
*Edward Kennon (born 1938) businessman; politician
*Robert F. Kennon (1902–1988) Governor of Louisiana from 1952-1956
*Doug Kershaw (born 1936) musician, singer
*Sammy Kershaw (born 1958) musician, singer, candidate for lieutenant governor
*Ernie K-Doe (1936–2001) singer, "Emperor of the Universe"
*Nat G. Kiefer (1939-1985) state senator from New Orleans
*Earl King (1934–2003) musician
*Claude Kirkpatrick (1917-1997) politician and businessman
*Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick (born 1918) music educator; former member of Louisiana Board of Regents
*Mark Klein (born 1993) singer
*Jesse Monroe Knowles (1919–2006) politician and survivor of Bataan Death March
*Allison Kolb (1915–1973) politician
*Robert Kostelka (born 1933) district attorney, judge, and state senator from Monroe

L

*Adras LaBorde (1912–1993) journalist, columnist, and author
*Len Lacy (1900-1998) politician
*Ed Lafitte (1886–1971) baseball player
*Jean Lafitte (c. 1780 – c. 1826) blacksmith, pirate
*Papa Jack Laine (1873–1966) bandleader
*Louis Lambert (born 1940) politician
*Dorothy Lamour (1914–1996) actress
*Mary Landrieu (born 1955) US Senator
*Mitch Landrieu (born 1960) politician
*Moon Landrieu (born 1930) judge, politician
*Ali Landry (born 1973) actress, model, Miss USA 1996
*Lisa Landry (born 1962) stand-up comedian
*Carroll E. Lanier (born 1927) mayor of Alexandria from 1977-1982
*Nick LaRocca (1889–1961) self-proclaimed "inventor of jazz"
*John Larroquette (born 1947) actor
*Dud Lastrapes (born 1929) mayor of Lafayette from 1980-1992
*Marie Laveau (c. 1794 – c. 1881) Voodoo priestess
*Claude "Buddy" Leach (born 1934) politician, businessman
*Leadbelly (1885–1949) musician
*Dudley J. LeBlanc (1894–1971) politician, businessman
*Patrick LeBlanc (1954-2008) architect, businessman, politician
*Richard Leche (1898–1965) Governor of Louisiana
*David Lee (born 1943) football player
*Harry Lee (1932-2007) Jefferson Parish sheriff
*John A. Lejeune (1867–1942), Marine Corps general
*Lloyd E. Lenard (1922-2008), politician, businessman, author
*Elmore Leonard (born 1925) author
*Jared Leto (born 1971) actor, lead singer/guitarist of alternative rock band 30 Seconds to Mars
*Shannon Leto (born 1970) drummer of alternative rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, occasional actor
*Jerry Lee Lewis (born 1935) musician
*Sam Little (born 1950) politician
*Lloyd Harlin Polite (born 1986) R&B singer
*Lil Wayne (born 1982) rapper
*Bob Livingston (born 1943) congressman) (1977-1999)
*Edward Livingston (1764–1836) congressman, United States Secretary of State
*Blanche Long (1902–1998), Mrs. Earl Long, First Lady of Louisiana, 1939-1940; 1948-1954; 1956-1960
*Earl Kemp Long (1895–1960) former Governor of Louisiana
*George S. Long (1883–1958) US Representative
*Gerald Long (born 1944), Republican state senator from Natchitoches; only elected Republican official of Long family
*Gillis William Long (1923–1985), US Representative
*Huey Pierce Long, Jr., (1893–1935) former Governor of Louisiana, US Senator
*Jimmy D. Long (born 1931) politician
*Russell Long (1918–2003) US Senator
*Speedy O. Long (1928–2006) US Representative and district attorney from La Salle Parish
*Professor Longhair (1918–1980) musician
*Charlton Lyons (1894–1973) "father of modern Republican Party in Louisiana"

M

*Magic Sam (1937–1969) blues music pioneer
*Karl Malone (born 1963) former basketball great, mainly with the Utah Jazz
*Max T. Malone (born 1953) geologist and state senator
*Archie Manning (born 1949) former New Orleans Saints quarterback
*Eli Manning (born 1982) New York Giants quarterback
*Peyton Manning (born 1976) Indianapolis Colts quarterback
*"Pistol" Pete Maravich (1947–1988) LSU & NBA basketball Hall of Famer
*Paul Mares (1900–1949) musician
*Branford Marsalis (born 1960) musician
*Ellis Marsalis, Jr., (born 1934) musician, educator
*Ellis Marsalis, Sr., (c. 1908 – 2004) poultry farmer, jazz musician, hotelier, civil rights activist
*Wynton Marsalis (born 1961) musician
*Wade O. Martin, Jr. (1911–1990) secretary of state
*Wade O. Martin, Sr. (1885–1956) politician
*Virginia Martinez (1922-1992) Louisiana Republican national committeewoman from 1977 until her death
*Jim McCrery (born 1949) US Representative
*Tim McGraw (born 1967) musician
*John McKeithen (1918–1999) Governor of Louisiana from 1964-1972
*W. Fox McKeithen (1946–2005) Louisiana secretary of state, 1988-2005
*Chuck McMains (born 1948) former state representative and Baton Rouge lobbyist
*D.L. Menard (????) Cajun musician from Erath, Louisiana
*Adah Isaacs Menken (1835–1868) actress
*Louis J. Michot (born 1922), businessman, former state superintendent of education, and State Representative from Lafayette
*Michael J. Michot (born 1963), businessman, state senator from Lafayette since 2000
*Roderick Miller (1924–2005) politician, lawyer
*Lizzie Miles (1895–1963) singer
*Percy "Master P" Miller (born 1967) musician, actor, record producer, athlete
*Alexander Milne (1742–1838) businessman, slave-trader, philanthropist
*Billy Montgomery (born 1937) politician and former educator
*Harold Montgomery (1911–1995) state senator and businessman
*"'John Willard "Jack" Montgomery, Sr. (born 1936) state senator and lawyer
*Little Brother Montgomery (c. 1906 – 1985) musician
*Cleo Moore (1923–1973) 1950s movie star
*W. Henson Moore (born 1939) former US Representative
*Jon Moore (1987–2052) 1950s movie star Fact|date = July 2008
*Jackie Moreland (1938-1971) professional basketball player
*Cecil Morgan (1898–1999) state legislator who lead the impeachment forces against Huey Pierce Long, Jr., later executive with Standard Oil Company and dean of Tulane University Law School
*Elemore Morgan, Jr. (1931–2008) landscape painter and photographer
*Dutch Morial (1929–1989) judge, mayor of New Orleans
*deLesseps Story Morrison (1912–1964), mayor of New Orleans, ambassador to the Organization of American States, three-time gubernatorial candidate
*Jacob Haight Morrison (1905–1974), politician, historical preservationist
*James H. Morrison (1908–2000) US Representative
*Jelly Roll Morton (1890–1941) musician, composer, self-proclaimed "inventor of jazz"
*Morgus the Magnificent (born ????) horror host
*Paul Morphy (1837–1884) world chess champion
*Garrett Morris (born 1937) comedian, "Saturday Night Live"
*Isaac Edward Morse (1809–1866) Louisiana state Attorney General and US Congressman cite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | location=Chicago | date = 1963]
*Alexander Mouton (1804–1885) Governor and United States Senator
*Ashton J. Mouton (1916–1988) mayor of Lafayette

N

*Ray Nagin (born 1956) current mayor of New Orleans
*Aaron Neville (born 1941) singer
*Josephine Louise Newcomb (1816–1901) philanthropist (Newcomb College)
*Randy Newman (born 1943) singer-songwriter, pianist
*Francis T. Nicholls (1834–1912) Governor of Louisiana
*James A. Noe (1890–1976) Governor of Louisiana for five months in 1936, oil driller, broadcaster
*Frank T. Norman (1914-1994), mayor of Minden from 1958-1966; top official of Masonic lodge
*Rick Nowlin (born 1948) politician
*Alcide Nunez (1884–1934) musician
*William "Billy" Nungesser (1929–2006) Republican politician

O

*Alton Ochsner (1896–1981) surgeon, medical researcher
*Robert Fred "Bob" Odom (born 1935) Agriculture commissioner (1980-2008)
*Taylor W. O'Hearn (1907–1997) politician
*B.F. O'Neal, Jr., (1922–2004) politician
*Joe "King" Oliver (1885–1938) jazz musician
*Joe Osborn (born 1937) musician
*Lee Harvey Oswald (1939–1963) assassin of U.S. President John Kennedy
*John H. Overton (1875–1948) US Senator
*Mel Ott (1909–1958) baseball player

P

*Stephen B. Packard Reconstruction politician
*John M. Parker (1863–1939) Governor of Louisiana (1920-1924
*Mary Evelyn Parker (born 1920) state treasurer from 1968-1987
*Otto Passman (1900–1988) US Representative
*David I. Patten (1920-1998) politician
*Carly Patterson (born 1988) Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics
*Jacob E. "Pat" Patterson (born 1924) politician
*Louis Pendleton (1931–2007) dentist and civil rights activist
*Benjamin Pavy (1874–1943) District judge, opponent of the Longs, father-in-law of Carl Weiss, M.D.
*Nicholas Payton (born 1973) musician
*Dave L. Pearce (1904–1984) politician
*Morgan D. Peoples (1919–1998) historian
*Pauley Perrette (born 1969) singer and actress
*Leander Perez (1891–1969) District judge, political boss of St. Bernard and Plaquemine parishes from 1919 to 1969
*Tony Perkins (born 1963), conservative politician, head of Family Research Council
*Marguerite Piazza (born 1926) operatic soprano
*P.B.S. Pinchback (1837–1921) politician, Governor of Louisiana
*Leonidas Polk (1806–1864) Confederate general, Episcopal bishop, founder of Sewanee, The University of the South
*Julien de Lallande Poydras (1740–1824) poet, politician
*Sister Helen Prejean (born 1938) activist
*Louis Prima (1910–1978) musician, entertainer
*Professor Longhair (1918–1980) musician
*Paul Prudhomme (born 1940) chef
*Robert G. Pugh (1924-2007) Shreveport lawyer, gubernatorial advisor

R

*Henry Ragas (1897–1919) early jazz pianist
*Kevin Rahm (born 1971) actor
*William Rainach (1913–1978) politician
*W.L. Rambo (1917–1984) politician
*Ned Randolph (born 1942), State Representative, state senator, and mayor of Alexandria (1986-2006)
*John Rarick (born 1924) US Representative and state judge
*B.B. "Bennie" Rayburn, Jr. (1944-2006) Washington Parish sheriff
*B.B. "Sixty" Rayburn, Sr. (1916-2008) politician
*Eddy Raven (born 1944) singer-songwriter
*Shawn Reaves (born 1978) actor
*Mac "Dr John" Rebbenack (born 1940) pianist, singer-songwriter
*Charles Reece (born 1982), [invented the 5 minute ab program, MWD specialist, winner of 5 Emmy's, 3 Oscars, and 1 Tony, for his production of The broadway adaptation to Howard the Duck.
*Edmund Reggie (born 1926), lawyer, judge, father-in-law of Edward M. Kennedy
*Godfrey Reggio (born 1940) film-maker
*Anne Rice (born 1941) writer
*E.S. Richardson (1875-1950), educator
*Norman L. Richardson (1935–1999) journalist
*Dan Richey (born 1948) politician
*Teddy Riley (1924–1992) jazz trumpeter
*Norbert Rilleaux (1806–1894) inventor, engineer
*Neil Riser (born 1962) politician
*John Claude Robert (born 11/23/1908-died 11/25/1975) businessman- Owner of "Claude's Clothing store" and "Robert's Play House"
*Cokie Roberts (born 1943) journalist, author, daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs
*George Rodrigue (born 1944) "Blue Dog" artist
*Buddy Roemer (born 1943) Governor of Louisiana
*Leon Roppolo (1902–1943) musician
*Jacques Roy (born 1970) mayor of Alexandria since 2006

*Joe R. Salter (born 1943) politician, educator
*Fred L. Schiele (deceased) state representative and sheriff of Concordia Parish
*John F. Schwegmann (born 1946) politician, businessman
*John G. Schwegmann (1911–1995) politician businessman
*Melinda Schwegmann (born 1947) lieutenant governor from 1992-1996
*Danny D. Scott (1930-2007) newspaper publisher in Springhill
*Jock Scott (born 1947) politician, historian, lawyer
*Nauman Scott (1916–2001) judge
*W. Ray Scott (1923-2008) mayor of Natchitoches (1960-1976)
*George W. Shannon (1914–1998) newspaper editor
*Amanda Shaw (born 1990) actress, singer and fiddler
*B.L. "Buddy" Shaw (born 1933) politician and educator
*Rhonda Shear (born 1954) beauty queen, television host
*Eddy Shell (1937-2008) educator; politician
*Kenny Wayne Shepherd (born 1977) musician
*Mary S. Sherman (1913–1964) orthopedic surgeon and murder victim in New Orleans
*William T. Sherman (1820–1891) Civil War general, first president of LSU
*Chris Shivers (????) professional bull rider
*Henry Miller Shreve (1785–1854) inventor, steamboat captain
*Rockin' Sidney (1938–1998) Zydeco star
*Richard Simmons (born 1948) entertainer
*Oramel H. Simpson (1870–1932) Governor of Louisiana (1926-1928
*Terysa Singleton (born 1983) beauty queen, Miss Black Louisiana USA
*Fulwar Skipwith (1765–1839) diplomat, politician
*John Slidell (1793–1871) senator, Confederate diplomat
*Soulja Slim (1977–2003) musician
*Floyd W. Smith, Jr. (born 1932) politician
*Howard K. Smith (1914–2002) journalist, reporter
*Joe D. Smith, Jr. (1922-2008), newspaper publisher, businessman
*Otis Smith (American football) (born 1965) former New England Patriots cornerback, New England Patriots assistant coach
*John K. Snyder (1922–1993) mayor of Alexandria (1973-1977; 1982-1986)
*Floyd Soileau (born 1938) record producer
*Ian Somerhalder (born 1978) actor, model
*Art Sour (1924–2000) State Representative from Shreveport, 1972-1992
*Britney Spears (born 1981) singer
*Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991) actress
*Freddie Spencer (born 1961) world motorcycle champion
*Tommy Spinks (1948-2007) football player
*Tam Spiva (born 1932) Hollywood script writer
*Frank Spooner (born 1937) businessman; Republican politician
*Jimmy Swaggart (born 1935) evangelist
*Stromile Swift (born 1979) NBA player, Memphis Grizzlies
*Tom Stagg (born 1923) judge
*Kordell Stewart (born 1972) NFL quarterback/wide receiver
*Michael G. Strain (born 1959) veterinarian; outgoing state representative; Republican candidate for Louisiana commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
*Patrick Surtain (born 1976) NFL cornerback
*Hal Sutton (born 1958) PGA Tour golfer
*Stephanie Swift (born 1972) actress

T

*Gregory Tarver civil rights activist; former state senator from Caddo Parish
*Albert Tate (1920–1986) state and federal judge
*Billy Tauzin (born 1943) US Representative and lobbyist
*Joe Gray Taylor (1920–1987) historian
*Richard Taylor (1826–1879) Confederate general
*Zachary Taylor (1784–1850) 12th US President, US Army general
*David Thibodaux (1953–2007) politician, educator, author
*Keith Thibodeaux (born 1950) actor
*David William Thomas (1876-1961) politician, educator, journalist, attorney
*A. Roswell Thompson (1911-1976) politician and Ku Klux Klansman
*Francis C. Thompson (born 1941) politician and landowner
*Sandra Thompson (born 1946) politician and environmentalist
*George H. Tichenor (1837–1923) surgeon, pioneer in antiseptics
*Stanley R. Tiner (born 1942) journalist
*David Toms (born 1967) golfer
*John Kennedy Toole (1937–1969) writer
*Leo Touchet (born 1939) photographer/photojournalist
*Ned Touchstone (1926–1988) Radical Right politician and publisher
*Wayne Toups (born 1958) musician
*Allen Toussaint (born 1938) musician, composer, record producer
*David C. Treen (born 1928) US Representative (1973-1980) and Governor of Louisiana (1980-1984)
*James Wayne "Jim" Tucker (born 1964), politician; first Republican Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives since Reconstruction
*Paul Tulane (1801–1887) businessman, philanthropist
*Ben Turpin (c. 1872 – 1940) silent film comedian

U

*Ruth Ulrich (born 1962) Republican National Committeewoman from Louisiana; radio producer and writer for "The Moon Griffon Show" in Monroe

V

*Pattie W. Van Hook (1927–1991) Shreveport physician and first woman president of the Louisiana State Medical Society
*J. Emile Verret (1885–1965) lieutenant governor (1944-1948), defeated Earl Kemp Long
*Jacques Villeré (1760–1830) Creole Governor of Louisiana and general
*David Vitter (born 1961) US Senator

W

*Joseph David Waggonner, Jr. (1918-2007) US Representative
*Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919) business tycoon
*Joseph Marshall Walker (1786–1856) Governor of Louisiana
*Morgan W. Walker, Jr. (1928-2008) businessman
*Morgan W. Walker, Sr. (1893-1983) businessman
*William Stewart Walker (1914-1999) U.S. Army lieutenant colonel; politician
*Ray Walston (1914–2001) actor
*Mike Walsworth (born 1956) state senator from Ouachita Parish
*Lula Wardlow (1876–1970) first woman mayor of a Louisiana community, having served in Montgomery in Grant Parish (1926-1930)
*Henry C. Warmoth (1842–1931) Governor of Louisiana during Reconstruction
*Arthur C. Watson (1909–1984) politician
*Eugene P. Watson (1911–1964) librarian
*Carl Weiss (1906–1935) physician and purported assassin of Huey Pierce Long, Jr.
*Rebecca Wells (born 20th century) actress, playwright, author
*Edward Douglass White (1845–1921) Supreme Court Chief Justice
*Tony Joe White (born 1943) singer-songwriter, musician
*Lynn Whitfield (born 1953) actress
*Les Whitt (1951-2008) zookeeper in Alexandria
*"'Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker (1906-1993) musician
*Brian "Baby" Williams (born 1969) record executive, record producer, entrepreneur, musician
*Hank Williams, Jr (born 1949) singer
*Lucinda Williams (born 1963) singer-songwriter, musician
*T. Harry Williams (1909–1979) historian
*Earl Williamson (1903–1992) Caddo Parish politician, long-serving police juror in Louisiana, 1933-1972, 1979-1980; mayor of Vivian
*Don W. Williamson (born 1927) politician, businessman
*Edwin E. Willis (1904–1972) US Representative from 1949-1969
*Justin E. Wilson (1914–2001) Cajun raconteur, chef, humorist, politician
*Lorris M. Wimberly (1898–1962) politician
*Reese Witherspoon (born 1976) actress
*A. Baldwin Wood (1879–1956) inventor, engineer
*Susan Ward (born 1976) actress, model

Y

*Andrew Young (born 1932) politician and civil rights advocate
*Lester Young (1909–1959) musician

Z

*Samuel Zemurray (c. 1878 – 1961) businessman, philanthropist
*Buckwheat Zydeco (born 1947) musician

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