John "Jack" Christian was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on January 22, 1911. He moved to Baton Rouge in 1930 and enrolled in Louisiana State University as an engineering student. He served in the United States Naval Reserves from 1942-1945. From 1946 to 1951 he was owner and operator of Jack Christian Motor Company in Baton Rouge. From 1952-1956 he was the sales manager of McInnes Chevrolet. Christian was elected to the Metro Council in 1952 and served from 1953-1956, when he was elected Mayor-President. He served as Mayor from January 1, 1957 to December 31, 1964, after losing the seat to Woody Dumas. The images in the digital archive are taken from his personal papers as well as a collection of City-Parish scrap books. All originals are located in the Baton Rouge Room Archive. To view all items in the Jack Christian Collection, please select "BROWSE ALL" in the upper left hand corner of the page.