Jack Gremillion

Jack Gremillion was born on June 15, 1914. He attended Louisiana State University and its law school from 1931 to 1937, and was an avid LSU football fan. Gremillion was a member of the ROTC at LSU during his undergraduate years. He served with the infantry in Europe during World War II and was decorated with a Purple Heart for being wounded while serving.

Gremillion served as the Democratic Attorney General of Louisiana from 1956 to 1972. He was a member of the Earl Kemp Long political faction, although he opposed school integration. He was a Democratic Party loyalist and helped elect John F. Kennedy president in 1960. Gremillion passed away on March 2, 2001.

Gremillion’s interview is housed in the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at LSU Libraries Special Collections. Gremillion, Jack Paul Faustin, interview by Mary Hebert, audio recording, 1995, 4700.0532. Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.