THE ICON: Congressman Hale Boggs
THE LEGACY: When Hale Boggs was sworn in as one of Louisiana’s junior congressmen on Jan. 3, 1941, he became — at just 26 years old — the youngest member of that august body. But anyone who underestimated the grit of the young, charismatic, Tulane-educated Democrat, who had already hardened his knuckles while working to bust up Huey P. Long’s political machine, did so at their own peril. After the plane in which he was flying disappeared over Alaska, he was declared dead on Jan. 3, 1973 — 32 years to the day of his swearing-in as a freshman congressman. In the intervening years, however, his considerable political savvy helped him become one of the most powerful men in Washington — and a Louisiana political legend.
THE ARTIST: Maddie Stratton, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “He was a master strategist, a brilliant debater and a great compromiser — in the best sense of that word. His gregarious nature, his charm and ready wit complemented his intelligence and persuasive use of power.” — House Speaker Carl Albert, in eulogizing Hale Boggs