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result of his nomination, he was elected and thereby became a Member of the Sixty-ninth Congress. He was consecutively reelected to the Seventieth, Seventy-first, Seventy-second, and Seventy-third Congresses. It was during the summer of 1933, just after recess of the first session of the Seventythird Congress, that my esteemed and distinguished colleague from Louisiana expired. He leaves behind in our endeared State of Louisiana a public service that will perpetuate his memory.
Remarks by Representative Montet
Mr. MONTET. Mr. Speaker, the death of our colleague, Hon. BOLIVAR E. KEMP, was not only a loss to his constituents but to the State of Louisiana and the Nation as well. He rendered many years of useful service to the country. His death was untimely. By reason of his intellectual attainments, his broad knowledge of law, and his many years of intelligent service in Congress, he had achieved in Congress the recognition to which his many outstanding qualifications entitled him when called to join the great multitude.
He was held in the highest esteem by those who many times honored him with election to this body. The honors that came to him were but incidents in his unselfish life, and, in themselves, were to him but as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals if he could not, as he did, make them instruments for good for his fellowmen. While he was respected as a lawmaker, people loved BOLIVAR KEMP, the man. And as the period which knew him in the flesh recedes into the past, he will be remembered for his deeds and words of love when his official acts shall have been forgotten. His patriotism was of the highest type. As a public servant, never a breath of scandal or suspicion attached itself to any of his public or private acts. Without parading it, he had a contempt for all shady or crooked transactions. His political life as well as private life was an open book. He was democratic in his mental methods, in his religion, and in his private life and habits; and while he loved peace, he never flinched in battle. If the people he represented could voice adequately the love their hearts feel for him, there would rise up paeans of praise that would echo through heaven's arches. He had the heart of a child, innocent, pure, trustful, hopeful, happy. Thrice blessed is he who is thus certified at the bar of heaven.
Nothing can now be done to bring him back to the useful life he lived, but the services rendered by him to his country as well as his fine character as a man will live on forever.
Remarks by Representative Maloney
Mr. MALONEY of Louisiana. Mr. Speaker, on this day, set aside by us as memorial day to give thought to and to pay respect to the memory of those of our colleagues who have departed, our thoughts become solemn as we reflect and realize how time moves on with its many, many changes; and as we look around and miss the faces of those who were with us it seems only yesterday—but are not with us today, it causes us to reflect more seriously for a better understanding of the beginning and ending of our days on this earth. With these thoughts in our minds, we are reminded of a distinguished Representative from Louisiana who has responded to the call of our Creator; I refer to the Honorable BOLIVAR E. KEMP, who had the honor to serve his fellow citizens of his native State of Louisiana in this august branch of the Government for many years.
Mr. KEMP was one of our most beloved citizens. He comes from a family of Kemps that have been favorably and well known in Louisiana for many generations. In addition to professional duties as an attorney, he gave his time unstintingly for the betterment and welfare of his State. Many years ago citizens who knew him, and there were many, realizing his sterling qualities, insisted upon his representing them in this congressional body. They continuously honored him by reelection, thereby attesting their confidence and high regard for his capacity and reliability. He was not found wanting in his duties and served faithfully.
At the conclusion of the Seventy-second Congress, which was a most extraordinary session in many ways, Mr. KEMP
discharged every public obligation and worked faithfully and diligently to assist in restoring this country to a normal condition. Shortly after Congress had adjourned, he was fatally stricken upon his arrival at his home in Louisiana, and that day, Mr. Speaker, was a day of great sorrow for the thousands of fellow citizens of his home State, as it was a distinct loss to his community.
BOLIVAR KEMP served his country patriotically and well. He has been missed in presence and service, as he was a man of fine personality and a ruling spirit. He carried on his work for the welfare of the Nation with much courage and ability. In his private life he was known as a dutiful son, a loving husband, an indulgent father, and a true friend.
I join with the Members of this House this day with bowed heads in paying reverence to his memory and extend my deepest sympathies to those endeared to him.