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Because of its complex history, Louisiana has had many interesting people affect its’ history books. According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of impact is to have a strong effect on someone or something. In normal-person speech, that means to influence a person or thing. Certain men that have had a positive impact on Louisiana’s history are the influential Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III and Captain Henry Miller Shreve, but the former had a greater impact because of his actions have saved the state from financially hard times. Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III had multiple positive changes in Louisiana. Mr. Roemer was born on October 4, 1943 on Scopena Plantation which main crop was cotton. This plantation is located in Shreveport. Throughout his childhood, he had John F. Kennedy, his role model, like dinner table discussions, which helped to hone his academic and verbal skills. When he graduated from high school as valedictorian at age sixteen, he entered Harvard where he earned an undergraduate and Master’s degree in business administration. Roemer once said, “I’ve always been a Church-going Methodist boy from a cotton field in North Louisiana.” After Harvard, Charles started a computer company called Innovative Data Systems and later Business First Bank, which is where he currently works as a banker and investor. He was Louisiana’s fifty-second governor from 1987-1992. Previously, he was a four-time Congressman. Surprisingly, he beat Edwin Edwards in the 1987 election primaries. While he was in office, he evened out thee state’s budget which was helped by oil and gas booms, made education much better, and raised teachers’ salaries by five percent. Roemer also cleaned up the environment a lot, he partially... ... middle of paper ... ... Inc., 1998. (print book) Cowan, Walter Greaves; Jack B. McGuire. Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. (print book) “Roemer, Buddy (1943-)” Newsmakers. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991. Biography, Narrative Biography. (online encyclopedia) Oliver, Marcia Mae. “Henry Miller Shreve: King of the Snag Boaters.” encyclopedia.com. Sea Classics, October, 2012. February 26, 2014. (online encyclopedia) Haq, Husna. “Election 101: Eleven Facts About Buddy Roemer and His Presidential Bid.” encyclopedia.com. The Christian Science Monitor, July 21, 2011. February 27, 2014. (online encyclopedia) Davis, Edwin Adams. Louisiana: A Narrative History. Baton Rouge: The TJM Corporation, 1971. (print book) Taylor, Joe Gray. Louisiana, a Bicentennial History. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1976. (print book)
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