Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), nicknamed The Kingfish, served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928–1932 and as a U.S. Senator from 1932 to 1935. A Democrat, he was noted for his radical populist policies. Though a backer of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election, Long split with Roosevelt in June 1933 and planned to mount his own presidential bid for 1936.
Long created the Share Our Wealth program in 1934 with the motto "Every Man a King", proposing new wealth redistribution measures in the form of a net asset tax on corporations and individuals to curb the poverty and homelessness endemic nationwide during the Great Depression. To stimulate the economy, Long advocated federal spending on public works, schools and colleges, and old age pensions. He was an ardent critic of the Federal Reserve System's policies. Charismatic and immensely popular for his programs and willingness to take forceful action, Long was accused by his opponents of dictatorial tendencies for his near-total control of the state government.
A leftist populist, he was preparing to challenge FDR's reelection in 1936 in alliance with radio's influential Catholic priest Charles Coughlin, or run for president in 1940 when Franklin Roosevelt was expected to retire. However, Long was assassinated in 1935; his national movement faded, while his state organization continued in Louisiana.
Long expanded state highways, hospitals and educational institutions. His governance has had critics and supporters, debating whether he was a dictator, demagogue or populist.
Read more about Huey Long: Early Life and Legal Career, Political Career and Rise To Power, Long As Governor, 1928–1932, Impeachment Attempt, 1930: Bills Rejected in Legislature But Winning Campaign For Senate, 1930–1932: Renewed Strength, Long in The Senate (1932–1935), Continued Control Over Louisiana (1932–1935), 1935: Long's Final Year, Legacy
Other articles related to "huey long, long, huey":
... Huey Long's election as governor in 1928 had brought a new force to Louisiana's political scene and threatened the hold of the Old Regulars on New Orleans ... At first, Long had reached out to the Old Regulars by offering an alliance, but the Old Regulars participated in an attempt to impeach Long in 1929 ... Though initially reluctant, Walmsley accepted an alliance with Long after the Old Regular's uncharacteristically weak showing in the 1930 U.S ...
... In popular music, chronicler of American culture Randy Newman featured Long prominently, with two songs on the 1974 album Good Old Boys (Reprise) ... Newman's album, the song "Every Man a King", originally written and recorded by Long and Castro Carazo, is followed by "Kingfish" (a reference to Long's famous nickname) ... The song, being explicitly about Long, is sung from the point of view of a blue-collar southerner (as is the rest of the album), and discusses Long's popularity in his prime, the ...
... Huey Long is a documentary film on the life and career of Huey Long ... Long and Robert Penn Warren ...
... In the 1932 gubernatorial primary election, Huey Long's preferred candidate, Oscar K ... Allen of Winnfield, emerged triumphant, and the anti-Long Peyton was one of four state representatives elected at-large in Caddo Parish ... One of the men that he succeeded was Cecil Morgan, the leader of anti-Long forces in the Louisiana House in the prior legislative session ...
... enjoyed some of its greatest growth when infamous Louisiana governor Huey P ... Long took a heightened interest in increasing LSU’s national prominence ... For Long, the success of the band was inextricably linked to the success of the University ...
Famous quotes containing the word long:
“God prosper long our noble king,
Our liffes and saftyes all!
A woefull hunting once there did
In Chevy Chase befall.”
—Unknown. Chevy Chase (l. 14)