Jake W. Cameron

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Jacob Welch Cameron
File:Jake W. Cameron.jpg
8th Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
In office
Preceded byBurgess McCranie
Succeeded byGeorge Nattin
Personal details
Born(1913-04-17)April 17, 1913
Homer, Claiborne Parish
Louisiana, USA
DiedSeptember 30, 1999(1999-09-30) (aged 86)
Bossier City, Louisiana
Resting placeForest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Iva Lynn Eatman Cameron (married 1939-1999, his death)
ChildrenNo children
ParentsMilton Perry and Lou Ada Nelson Cameron
ResidenceBossier City, Louisiana
Alma materHomer High School
Louisiana College
OccupationEducator; Businessman
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Coast Guard
Battles/warsWorld War II

Jacob Welch Cameron, known as Jake W. Cameron (April 17, 1913 – September 30, 1999),[1] was an American businessman who served as a Democrat from 1957 to 1961 as the eighth mayor of Bossier City, the sister city to Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana.


Cameron was the youngest of eight children born in Homer in Claiborne Parish to Milton Perry Cameron (1867-1946) and the former Lou Ada Nelson (1875-1956), who are interred at Arlington Cemetery in Homer. After graduation from Homer High School, Cameron obtained in 1938 a bachelor's degree from Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville. He taught school and coached in Claiborne and Bossier parishes prior to service in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.[1] In 1939, he married the former Iva Lynn Eatman (1918-2009) of Bossier City, a graduate of Centenary College who was a long-term Bossier Parish educator.[2]

Political life[edit]

Cameron served as Bossier City police chief. At the time of his election as mayor on May 16, 1957, he was the chief Bossier Parish deputy tax assessor. He succeeded the one-term mayor, Burgess McCranie, who was also a former police chief. Under Mayor Cameron, the city completed a master plan for orderly growth,[3] a railroad underpass on Hamilton Road, and the municipal water plant. Cameron said that he tried to meet individual constituent needs as mayor. He recalled a woman who ran over a sewerage manhole that a city employee had accidentally left uncovered. When Cameron called the city insurance agent to request a new tire for the motorist, the agent balked at covering the expense. "At first the insurance company wasn’t going to buy a new tire, but I said, 'Well, if she doesn't get a new tire, the first thing Monday morning, we’ll have a new insurance agent.' The agent said, 'Mayor, send that lady right down.'"[4] Cameron predicted that Bossier City would grow "by leaps and bounds" in population as well as attracting business and investment.[4]

In June 1960, Cameron joined Mayor Clyde Fant of Shreveport at a reception at Shreveport Regional Airport called to honor disabled veterans from World War II and to seek the reopening of the Disabled American Veterans service center at the Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Hospital in Shreveport. The event drew large media coverage.[5]

Cameron was unseated as mayor on April 8, 1961, after one term, by his fellow Democrat George Nattin, who like McCranie and Cameron was a former municipal police chief. Nattin polled 3,204 votes to Cameron's 1,571 ballots.[6]

Thereafter, Cameron was a member of the elected Bossier Parish School Board. He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church of Bossier City.[1] He was a trustee of his alma mater, Louisiana College, having served alongside Claude Kirkpatrick and J. D. Grey.[7]

Cameron and his wife had no children. They are interred at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport.[1][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Jacob Welch "Jake" Cameron". The Shreveport Times. October 1, 1999. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Iva Lynn Eatman Cameron". The Shreveport Times. January 29, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  3. "1956 Bossier Master Plan" (PDF). ftpcontent2.worldnow.com. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Journal Salutes Bossier City: The men at Bossier's reins: Jake W. Cameron". Shreveport Journal. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  5. "Riser, DuFour go to DAV Meeting in Shreveport". Ruston Daily Leader. June 2, 1960. p. 6. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  6. "City Voters Across State Name Leaders". Lake Charles American Press. April 10, 1961. p. 22. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  7. "State Baptists Open Convention". Lake Charles American-Press. January 18, 1962. p. 39. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
Preceded by
Burgess McCranie
Mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana

Jacob Welch "Jake W." Cameron

Succeeded by
George Nattin

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