Burgess McCranie

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Burgess Edmond McCranie, Sr.
File:Burgess McCranie.jpg
7th Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
In office
Preceded byHoffman L. Fuller
Succeeded byJake W. Cameron
Personal details
Born(1905-09-17)September 17, 1905
Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish
Louisiana, USA
DiedDecember 31, 1977(1977-12-31) (aged 72)
Bossier City, Louisiana
Resting placeForest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Page Harlow McCranie
ChildrenBurgess E. McCranie, Jr.

James B. McCranie
Sarah M. Polton
Judy McCranie Hughes

Tommie Sue McCranie Walker
ParentsThomas Kenton and Viola Varina Wise McCranie
ResidenceBossier City, Louisiana
OccupationGovernment official

Burgess Edmond McCranie, Sr. (September 17, 1905 – December 31, 1977), was a government official who, among other positions, served from 1953 to 1957 as the seventh mayor of Bossier City, the sister city to Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana and the ninth largest city in the state, as of the 2010 U.S. census.

A Democrat as have been all but one mayor of Bossier City, McCranie was the first mayor under the city commission government, which was disbanded after twenty-four years, effective in 1977[1]in favor of the mayor-council format.


McCranie was the fourth of five children born in Plain Dealing in northern Bossier Parish to Thomas Kenton McCranie (1847-1914) and the former Viola Varina Wise (1861-1927).[1]

Prior to 1949, McCranie was the Bossier City marshal. That same year the police department was created, with headquarters first in the old city hall building downtown on Barksdale Boulevard. McCranie resigned as marshal to accept appointment as the first police chief. The department then had twelve officers but only one patrol car. He remained police chief until his election as mayor in the spring of 1953.[2][3]

McCranie succeeded Hoffman L. Fuller, whose tenure as mayor began in 1937.[4]In 1956, Mayor McCranie was elected by his colleagues as vice-president of the Louisiana Municipal Association for the 4th congressional district.[5]

In 1961, four years after his single term as mayor had ended, McCranie became the executive director of the Federal Housing Commission in Bossier Parish. He also served as a Bossier Parish deputy under Sheriff Willie Waggonner. He was elected to the Bossier Parish Police Jury, the parish governing body, akin to the county commission in most other states.[1]

McCranie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bossier City, the Masonic lodge, and the Shriners.[1]McCranie and his wife, the former Mary Page Harlow (1915-1978), a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas,[6] had two sons, Burgess E. McCranie, Jr. (born 1940), an attorney in New Orleans, and James Broussard McCranie (born 1952) of Bossier City, and three daughters, Sarah M. Polton (born 1943), wife of Richard Polton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Judy McCranie (born 1947), formerly Judy Hughes, and Mrs. Tommie Sue Walker (born 1941), wife of Thomas Walker, both of Bossier City.[7] The McCranies died eight months apart; they are interred at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport.[1][6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Burgess Edmond McCranie". The Shreveport Times. January 1, 1978. p. 10-A. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  2. Shane McWilliams. "Bossier City Police Department History". bossiercity.org. Retrieved January 18, 2015.}
  3. The Bossier City Police Department website has a picture of Mayor Burgess McCranie with the twelve police officers then employed c. 1950.
  4. Louise Stinson. "Bossier City History". Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  5. "LMA Reverses Stand on Voting Machines". Lake Charles American-Press. March 18, 1956. p. 1. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Mary Page Harlow McCranie". findagrave.com. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  7. "Bagby Genealogy". bagby.org. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
Preceded by
Hoffman L. Fuller
Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana

Burgess Edmond McCranie, Sr.

Succeeded by
Jake W. Cameron


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