Walter Guion

American politician

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Walter Guion
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
April 22, 1918 – November 5, 1918
Appointed by Ruffin Pleasant
Preceded by Robert F. Broussard
Succeeded by Edward J. Gay
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
President Woodrow Wilson
Attorney General of Louisiana
In office
Governor William W. Heard
Newton C. Blanchard
Jared Y. Sanders Sr.
Preceded by Milton Joseph Cunningham
Succeeded by Ruffin Pleasant
Personal details
Born (1849-04-03)April 3, 1849
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Died February 7, 1927(1927-02-07) (aged 77)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political party Democratic

Walter Guion (April 3, 1849 – February 7, 1927) was a United States senator from Louisiana. Born near Thibodaux, he was tutored at home and then attended Jefferson College in St. James Parish. He moved to Assumption Parish in 1866, was deputy clerk of the court in 1870 – 1871, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1870 and commenced practice in the Parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, and Ascension. He was judge of the twentieth district from 1888 to 1892 and of the twenty-seventh district from 1892 to 1900, and was Attorney General of the State from 1900 to 1912.

Guion was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the office of United States Attorney for the eastern district of Louisiana, which he held from 1913 to 1917, when he resigned. He resumed the practice of law in Napoleonville and Convent. He was chairman of the district exemption board, division number 2, eastern district of Louisiana, and was a member of the State council of defense during the First World War.

On April 22, 1918, Guion was appointed as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert F. Broussard and served from April 22, 1918, until November 5, 1918, when a successor was elected; while in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Sixty-fifth Congress). He practiced law in New Orleans until his death in that city on in 1927; interment was in Metairie Cemetery.


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Legal offices
Preceded by

Attorney General of Louisiana
Succeeded by

U.S. Senate
Preceded by

U.S. senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Joseph E. Ransdell
Succeeded by