LAFAYETTE — Charles C. deGravelles, hailed as the founder of the modern Republican Party in Louisiana died at his home Thursday morning. He was 95.
He served on the National Republican Committee and was chairman of the state Republican Committee from 1968-72. He and his wife were the only married couple to serve on the national GOP committee at the same time.
DeGravelles was described as being “particularly close” to President Reagan. He and his wife were jointly honored by the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge with the George Washington Medal of Honor in 1984. DeGravelles was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2007.