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Thomas Early

Thomas Anthony Early, Jr.

Louisiana State Representative for current District 24 (Orleans Parish)
In office
May 1964 – 1969
Succeeded by Ben Bagert, Jr.

Born June 10, 1931
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died October 30, 2018 (aged 87)
New Orleans

Resting place: Metairie Cemetery

Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Betty Franek Early (married c. 1954-2002, her death)

Amy E. Korte
Sean Patrick Early
Erin E. Belleau
Thomas, Sr., and Rose Parillo Early

Alma mater Jesuit High School in New Orleans

Georgetown University
Loyola Law School of New Orleans

Occupation Lawyer

United States Army (1954-1956)

Thomas Anthony Early, Jr. (June 10, 1931 – October 30, 2018), was a Democrat politician from his native New Orleans, Louisiana.

The youngest of eight children of Thomas A. Early, Sr. (died 1958), and the late former Rose Parillo, he was married for forty-eight years to the former Betty Franek (1930-2002). The couple has three children: Amy Early Korte (husband Rick), New Orleans Municipal Court Judge Sean Patrick Early (born 1957) (wife Janie), and Erin Early Belleau (husband Chris), and eight grandchildren. He was also survived by his sister, Jacqueline Early Garic (husband Bob), and thirty-seven nieces and nephews. His six other siblings predeceased him.[1]

Early graduated in 1950 from the Roman Catholic-affiliated Jesuit High School in New Orleans and in 1954 from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. He was a lieutenant in the United States Army, based in Meintz, West Germany, from 1954 to 1956. He thereafter obtained his legal degree in 1959 from Loyola Law School in New Orleans.[1]

From 1964 to 1969, he was a state representative from New Orleans.[2] His District 24 encompassed Bayou St. John, the French Quarter, and Treme'. Governor John J. McKeithen in 1969 appointed Early to the Division A judgeship of the New Orleans Civil District Court. He was then elected and served four terms in the civil judgeship. Early's political platform echoed support for "working people", public education, and integrity in government.[1]

Like several other Louisiana politicians, Early was engaged in thoroughbred horse racing at Triple E Farm in Covington in St. Tammany Parish. He died at the age of eighty-seven. His services was held on November 5, 2018, with interment beside his wife at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.[1][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Thomas A. Early, Jr., obituary. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved on November 1, 2018.
  2. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2020. Retrieved on November 1, 2018.
  3. Betty Franek Early. Retrieved on November 1, 2018.