Elmore Bonin

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Elmore Francis Bonin, Sr.

Louisiana State Senator for
Iberia and St. Martin parishes
In office
Preceded by J. Maxime Roy

Bernard Trappey

Succeeded by Gabriel A. Ackal

Rexford C. McCullough

In office
1960 – December 6, 1961
Preceded by Gabriel A. Ackal

Rexford C. McCullough

Succeeded by Garland L. Bonin

Born February 4, 1902
St. Martinville
Louisiana, USA
Died December 6, 1961
St. Martinville, Louisiana
Resting place St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in St. Martinville
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Gertrude Steckler Bonin (married 1928-1961, his death)
Children Three children
Alma mater University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(formerly Southwestern Louisiana Institute)
Occupation Businessman, farmer
Religion Roman Catholic

Elmore Francis Bonin, Sr. (February 4, 1904 – December 6, 1961), was a businessman, farmer, and Democratic politician from his native St. Martinville, Louisiana, who represented Iberia and St. Martin parishes in the Louisiana State Senate from 1952 to 1956 and again from 1960 until his death the following year.[1]

Bonin was the son of Luke Bonin (1872-1939) and the former Marie Cecile Blanche Durand (1874-1963).[2] He graduated in 1924 from Southwestern Louisiana Institute. As a state senator in 1960 under the administration of Governor Jimmie Davis, Bonin introduced legislation to change the name of Southwestern Louisiana Institute to the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Bonin Hall on the USL campus is named in his honor.[3] The institution, however, is now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

In 1928, Bonin wed the former Gertrude Steckler (1905-1980), the daughter of the former Paula Muller and the New Orleans feed and seed merchant Joseph Steckler. Elmore and Gertrude had three children: Elmore, Jr. (born 1930), Joseph (born 1936), Margaret (born 1942). From 1930 to 1942, he was a member of the St. Martinville City Council and from 1942 to 1952 sat on the St. Martin Parish School Board, his last year as the board president.[3]

Bonin was affiliated with the St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church parish. He died at the age of fifty-seven and is interred, along with his parents, at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in St. Martinville.[3]


  1. Membership in the Louisiana Senate, 1880-2020: Iberia and St. Martin parishes. Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved on September 21, 2017.
  2. Luke Bonin. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 17, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bonin, Elmore F.. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on May 17, 2020.