E. W. Gravolet


1919 – 1968


Who was E. W. Gravolet?

Ezekiel Winnfield Gravolet, Jr., usually known as Kelly Gravolet, was a businessman from Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana, who served in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from 1948 until his death at the age of forty-nine.

Gravolet was the son of E. W. Gravolet, Sr., and the former Marceline Hingle. He was born in Pointe à la Hache and educated at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans. He received an undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans and a law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Gravolet married the former Grace Corrine Miller, a daughter of Lloyd and Ruby Miller and a native of Gainesville, Florida. Grace's first husband was King Austin Yawn, Jr. Grace's son and E. W.'s stepson was King Austin Yawn, III, who preceded his mother in death by some two months. The couple's two surviving daughters are Grace Kay Gravolet Priestly and Gayle Marceline Gravolet Loupe, later Gayle Darden. A third daughter, Patricia Grace Gravolet, died on December 8, 1951, at the age of ten days.

During World War II, Gravolet served in the United States Army Air Corps, forerunner of the United States Air Force. He thereafter assumed management in 1950 of his father's seafood canning business. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1948, with the return of Earl Kemp Long to the state's governorship. He served in the House until 1960, when he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate. He was the Senate President Pro Tem during the administration of Governor John J. McKeithen from 1964 until his death. Gravolet's Senate District 26 included Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Jefferson parishes.

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Mar 11, 1919
Pointe a la Hache
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Loyola University New Orleans
Oct 24, 1968

on July 23, 2013


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