John Rarick

  • Born: January 29, 1924
  • Died: September 14, 2009
  • Location: St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Former Congressman John Rarick

Former U.S. Rep. and a segregationist who served four terms in Congress from Louisiana

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (Associated Press) - Former U.S. Rep. John Rarick, a segregationist who served four terms in Congress from Louisiana and later carried the American Independent Party banner for president after George Wallace left the upstart third party, died Monday. He was 85.

The death was confirmed by Cherie Brumfield, his daughter and former law partner.

Born in Waterford, Ind., in 1924, Rarick served in the Army for three years during World War II.

Rarick graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1949 and was elected a state district judge in 1961.

In 1966, he won the first of four congressional victories as a Democrat. He defeated then-Rep. J.H. Morrison for a south Louisiana congressional seat, a year after Morrison supported the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Defeated for a fifth term in 1974, Rarick ran unsuccessfully for Congress as an independent two years later.

In 1980, Rarick won the presidential nomination of the AIP, under which George Wallace had staged a third-party presidential candidacy in 1968 against Republican Richard Nixon, the winner that year, and Democrat Hubert Humphrey. Rarick drew only about 40,000 votes.

In later years, Rarick supported David Duke, who was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1987 after disavowing his ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Duke also staged a short-lived presidential bid in 1992.


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Former Congressman John Rarick