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Woodrow Wilson Dumas, "Woody" was born December 9, 1916 in Opelousas, La. and was named for then president Woodrow Wilson. In 1924 his family moved to Baton Rouge. In high school he participated in athletics, playing football and baseball. He joined the United States Navy serving in World War II (as a submariner) and in the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he moved to Baker, La. to play semi-pro baseball. He married Carol Epperson and worked for Standard Oil. He was elected to the City Parish Metro Council in 1952 and served for twelve years. He was elected Mayor of Baton Rouge in 1964 and served four consecutive terms from 1964-1980. Dumas' tenure in office spans a period of great growth and change in the Baton Rouge area. During his terms as mayor, the City-Parish budget grew from $15.3 million to $89 million. Dumas was a proponent of civic development and much of his administration was spent developing a massive municipal complex in downtown Baton Rouge. This was a time of high racial tension and there were several significant incidents which received national attention during this time. He died on November 6, 1993 after a long battle with cancer. He was 76. The materials on this site are a selection from the Woody Dumas Collection held at the Baton Rouge Room Archives. To view all items in the Woody Dumas Collection, please select "BROWSE ALL" in the upper left hand corner of the page.

 

 
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