Ford E. Stinson
Ford Edwards Stinson, Sr.
Louisiana State Representative for Bossier Parish (later District 9)
G. E. Beckom
Jesse C. Deen
(1914-08-24)August 24, 1914
Benton, Bossier Parish
September 22, 1989(1989-09-22) (aged 75)
Edna Earle Richardson Stinson
Mary Carol Stinson ___
Ford E. Stinson, Jr.
Benton High School
Louisiana State University Law Center
United Methodist Church
Ford Edwards Stinson, Sr. (August 24, 1914 – September 22, 1989), was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1940–1944 and again from 1952-1972. In his last legislative term from 1968–1972, he served in a two-member district covering Bossier Parish with fellow Democrat Walter O. Bigby. Prior to 1968, he had been the only Bossier Parish representative in the Louisiana House. Stinson, a native and resident of the parish seat of Benton, did not run again in 1972 and was succeeded by fellow Benton Democrat Jesse C. Deen.
2 Political career
3 Personal life
Stinson was the great-grandson of Major R. E. Wyche, the first Democratic sheriff of Bossier Parish who served during Reconstruction. His maternal grandfather and namesake, J. Ford Edwards, was also a Bossier Parish sheriff for four terms. His father, Robert T. Stinson, was president and cashier of the Bank of Benton and the Bossier Parish treasurer until his death of a lightning strike at the age of thirty-two. His mother married H. L. McKnight after the death of Robert Stinson.
After his graduation from Benton High School, Stinson obtained his degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. Stinson served on the Benton Town Council from 1936 to 1934. While a state representative in his first term, he served in World War II. He was active in the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Community Chest, and the United Methodist Church.
Stinson first served in the House during the administration of Governor Sam Houston Jones. He left the legislature in 1944 while overseas, and fellow Democrat Jimmy Boyd of Bossier City succeeded him in the position for eight years. Boyd won his secon