Duncan Buie, Prominent In Politics, Dead, ca. 1924

From The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana) · 6 Jun 1924, Fri · Page 1


Former State Highway Engineer Succumbs to Brief Illness at Capital. Baton Rouge, June 5.

Duncan Buie, prominent political factor in Louisiana politics for many years, died in his room at the Mayer hotel here at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon, from ptomaine poisoning, which attacked him Wednesday night.

Mr. Buie, apparently, was in tha best of health Wednesday afternoon. A few hours later he complained of violent pains, and a physician was summoned. His condition at first was not believed to be serious, but he grew steadily worse during the night and physicians were summoned from New Orleans.

The New Orleans physicians worke)d on him constantly through Thursday morning, and he showed signs of recovering when visited by Governor Fuqua about noon. Mr. Buie, while very weak, was conscious atid conversed briefly with the governor. An hour later he suffered a relapse and sank rapidly.

The news of Mr. Buie’s death spread rapidly, and threw a pall of gloom over the legislators and delegates to the Democratic state convention. The delegates from tha Fourth Congressional district were in caucus in tho senate chamber when the oewa of Mr. Buie’s death reached the state house. A resolution was prepared and offered by Frank ‘ J. Looney, of Shreveport, “expressing regret over Mr. Buie’s death and sympathy to his wife and family in New Orleans. On motion of John McW. Ford, Mr. Looney’s resolutions were adopted by a rising vote.

While no definite funeral arrangements were made Thursday night, it is believed Mr. Buie will be buried at Rayville, Richland parish.

Mr. Buie, a residentof New Orleans for several years, was a native of Richland parish and served as a member of the house of representatives from that parish. He was a member of the Constitutional convention of 1921.

Mr. Buie, under the Pleasant administration, was highway engineer of the state board of engineers and was appointed a member of the state highway commission when that body was created under the Parker administration in 1920. He resigned as a member of the highway commission about a year ago. He was prominently mentioned for appointment by Governor Fuqua as chairman of the highway commission.

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