Unclaimed Legacies



By: Allen Johnson

Three historic figures in New Orleans apparently left more than their legacies behind. Records show that the state Treasurer (www.latreasury.com) is holding stocks, bonds, and other “unclaimed property” owed to retired U.S. Rep. Lindy Boggs, the late Orleans Parish DA Jim Garrison and U.S. District Judge Veronica D. Wicker, also deceased. The value of each holding exceeds $250. (In 1996, an anonymous New Orleans area resident received unclaimed property from the state valued at more than $1 million.) The state does not publish the exact value of personal unclaimed property exceeding $250 because of “privacy” concerns, says Sarah Mulhearn, spokesperson for state Treasurer John Kennedy. Boggs, the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana and a former ambassador to the Vatican, now lives in the Washington, D.C., area. She turns 92 on Thursday (March 13). Garrison, the only prosecutor in the nation to bring criminal charges in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, served as DA from 1962 to 1974. Later he was twice elected to the state Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. He died in 1992. Judge Wicker was the first woman named to the federal bench in Louisiana. President Jimmy Carter appointed her in 1979. She died in 1994

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