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Pierson, James Francis, 1903-1950



James Francis Pierson (1903-1950) was born in Coushatta, Louisiana. He is the son of Malcolm Ernest Pierson Sr. (1877-1916) and Willie Chase McGoldrick O'Quin (1880-1933). He attended Centenary College of Louisiana from 1922-1926, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. While in college, Pierson played on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He was also a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

In 1928, Pierson was appointed to serve as assistant principal at Morgan City High School in Morgan City, Louisiana. Later, he was in charge of the Black-topping Division of the Louisiana Highway Commission. He was also the organizer and principal owner of the Pierson Construction Company which built roads throughout Louisiana. Pierson also served as a partner in the real estate firm of J. F. and W. H. Pierson of Natchitoches. In 1947, he became a co-owner of KWCJ radio station in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with his brothers, Will H. and Clint L. Pierson.

Pierson married Lucille D’Aquin and had two sons, James F. Pierson, Jr. and Robert Griffin Pierson.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

James Francis Pierson scrapbook

Identifier: SC-Mss. Coll. 106
Scope and Contents This collection consists of a scrapbook created by Pierson’s mother, Willie McGoldrick (1880-1933). The scrapbook relates to the activities of James F. Pierson from 1918 to 1941. It primarily contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and printed items from 1922 to 1926 related to the Centenary College of Louisiana student athletic activities of Pierson. Pierson played on the college’s football, basketball, and baseball teams. During this time period, the teams were coached by Bo McMillin...
Dates: 1918 - 1941