Robert Munson

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Robert Jackson Munson, Sr.​

Louisiana State Representative
for Rapides Parish​
In office
1956​ – 1973​
Preceded by At-large members:

Cecil R. Blair
​ Lloyd George Teekell
​ H. N. Goff ​

Succeeded by Wilbur Dyer​

Born December 9, 1912​
​Place of birth missing

Long-term resident of Cheneyville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Died June 6, 1996 (aged 83)
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA​
Resting place Trinity Episcopal Cemetery in Cheneyville​
Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Kathryn "Kitty" Fluke Munson Dammon​
Children Pamela Munson English

Robert Munson, Jr. (deceased)
​ Thomas Eugene "Tom" Munson​

Residence Cheneyville, Louisiana​
Occupation Farmer

Robert Jackson Munson, Sr. (December 9, 1912 – June 6, 1996),[1]​ was a Democrat from rural Cheneyville in south Rapides Parish, Louisiana, who served as a state representatives during the administrations of Governors Earl Kemp Long, Jimmie Davis, John J. McKeithen, and Edwin Edwards.[2]

Munson was at the peak of his political power as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee early in the McKeithen administration.[3] In 1972, Munson was named "Conservationist of the Year" among the elected official category by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.[4]

Munson suddenly resigned from office in September 1973. Through a special election, Wilbur Dyer, another Cheneyville Democrat, won the right in 1974 to succeed Munson. Dyer filled the seat until 1980, when Charles W. DeWitt, Jr. of south Rapides Parish was elected to the post. DeWitt was years later the state House Speaker.[2]

Munson and his wife, the former Kathryn Fluke, later Kathrym Dammon (born 1922), had three children, Pamela M. English (born 1945) and Robert Munson, Jr. (1950-2015), both of Baton Rouge, and Thomas Eugene "Tom" Munson (born 1951) of Cheneyville. Munson, Jr., was born in Cheneyville and reared there on the family's Witchwood Plantation. He was a state and national political consultant, often called "the nicest man in politics." He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, an affiliate of the Evangelical Presbyterian denomination founded in 1981, and a board member of Trinity Episcopal Day School.[5] At the time of his death, Munson, Jr., was a registered Republican.[6][7]

Munson, died in Alexandria at the age of eighty-three. He is interred at Trinity Episcopal Cemetery in Cheneyville.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert J. Munson. Retrieved on January 14, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2020 (Rapides Parish). Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on January 14, 2020.
  3. Article on House Appropriations Committee. Lake Charles American-Press (June 22, 1964). Retrieved on December 22, 2014.
  4. Louisiana Wildlife Federation Conservation Award Winners. Retrieved on January 8, 2015.
  5. Robert Jackson "Bob" Munson, Jr.. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on January 14, 2020.
  6. Robert Munson, March 1950. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on December 18, 2015.
  7. The Louisiana Secretary of State's website includes only the names of living persons; one is omitted from the list upon death.