As Edwin Edwards turns 90, a pictorial look at his life

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Edwin Edwards, a sharecropper and midwife’s son who became the dominant figure in Louisiana politics in the last half of the 20th century and the state’s most colorful governor since Huey Long, turns 90 on Monday (Aug. 7). Though retired and living in Gonzales, Edwards doesn’t shy from the spotlight.

Indeed, friends are throwing him a birthday party Saturday in Baton Rouge. The $250-per-plate event is sold out.

We called the former governor in advance of his birthday, and he made an appointment for an interview to mark the occasion. He canceled the next day, however, after we published opinion columnist Tim Morris’ critique of one of the birthday party sponsors and speakers. C’est la vie…

 

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