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  Long, Huey Pierce
NameHuey Pierce Long
Winnfield, Louisiana , United States
Born August 30, 1893
DiedSeptember 10, 1935 (42 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jun 19, 2015 02:36pm
Tags Caucasian - Very Liberal - Anti-Term Limits - Government Reform - Isolationist - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro-Labor - Married - Assassinated - Impeached - Straight -
Info1920s Louisiana was a powder keg of injustice, and Huey Long was a lightning bolt. The unique influences of his background collided with the oppressive social conditions of his times to produce an explosion of change.

Huey Long grew up on a farm in the poorest part of Louisiana. He came from a large, comfortable family in a small, close-knit community. It was the perfect combination to foster self-confidence and compassion in a precocious boy. His home was a haven of security, faith, and education, which provided him with all the fundamentals to succeed. Meanwhile he was sadly aware that many of his poor friends and neighbors had no opportunity at all.

His brilliant mind and boundless energy caused Huey to hopscotch through life, skipping every other step. With a modicum of formal education, a dab of experience, and a sense of urgency, Huey charged into politics on a mission to help the poor. He began by cutting train fares and utility rates in his first public office and rapidly developed a state-wide reputation as a champion of the common man.

Over the formidable opposition of the entrenched political establishment, an unfriendly press, and the Ku Klux Klan, Huey rose to the governorship on the shoulders of Louisiana's masses in 1928. Thwarted each step of the way by the powerful elite, he transformed the physical and political landscape of Louisiana, providing roads, bridges, free school books, public education, healthcare, and equal access to the voting booth for all.

Halfway through his term as governor the Great Depression swept the entire nation. Believing that his “Share Our Wealth” program was the cure for the country's ailing economy, Long quickly won a United States Senate seat to take his plan to all of America's poor. When both the Democratic and Republican parties refused his program, Long positioned himself as a third-party challenger in the 1936 presidential election.

Huey Long was caught in a race against time that he could not win. Unable to stop him by legal means, his enemies resorted to violence. Threats, assassination plots, and physical attacks against himself and his family beleaguered him.

On September 8, 1935, Huey Long was shot in the corridors of the Louisiana State Capitol that he built. He died two days later. More than 100,000 grateful mourners attended his funeral. He is buried on the Capitol grounds, where a statue depicts his remarkable achievements.


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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Oct 31, 2010 11:00am Obituary Palmer Long, last of Huey Long's children, dies  Article Craverguy 
Sep 08, 2010 09:35am General Controversy, mystery still surround the death of Huey P. Long  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Sep 02, 2005 12:45am Commentary Bush Strafes New Orleans/Where Is Our Huey Long?  Article Craverguy 

Importance? 9.50000 Average

Wife Rose McConnell Long 00, 1913-Sep 10, 1935
Son Russell B. Long 1918-2003
Father Huey Pierce Long, Sr. 1852-1937
Brother George S. Long 1883-1958
Brother Earl Kemp Long 1895-1960

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  11/04/1930 LA US Senate Won 99.98% (+99.96%)
  09/09/1930 LA US Senate- D Primary Won 57.31% (+14.63%)
  04/17/1928 LA Governor Won 96.14% (+92.28%)
  01/17/1928 LA Governor - D Primary Won 43.90% (+15.61%)
  01/15/1924 LA Governor - D Primary Lost 30.89% (-4.25%)
  07/01/1936 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.00% (-93.19%)
MS Governor - D Primary - Aug 06, 1935 D Paul B. Johnson, Sr.
LA US President - Nov 08, 1932 D Franklin Delano Roosevelt
LA US Senate - D Primary - Sep 13, 1932 D John H. Overton
AR US Senate - D Primary - Aug 09, 1932 D Hattie Wyatt Caraway
LA US Senate - Nov 02, 1926 D Edwin Sidney Broussard
LA Governor - D Primary - Jan 20, 1920 D John Milliken Parker