Spotlight on History
A Year of Governors: Huey P. Long
2019 is the Year of Governors on the LDMA! Before the gubernatorial election in October, we’ll be highlighting a different Louisiana governor on the 15th of every month.
This month, we’re starting our series with Governor Huey P. Long, the Kingfish. Long, a native of Winn Parish, served as Louisiana’s 40th Governor from 1928-1932 and as a United States Senator from 1932-1935. He was shot in the Louisiana State Capitol on September 8, 1935, and died two days later. During his time in office, Governor Long dominated Louisiana politics and left an indelible mark on this state. Here are a few of our best stories on the Kingfish:
See interviews with musician Randy Newman, U.S. Senator Russell Long (Huey’s son), and Long biographer T. Harry Williams discussing the legacy of the Kingfish in this episode of Louisiana: The State We’re In.
In this interview from Louisiana: The State We’re In, watch former LSU Band Director Castro Carazo describe the night he wrote Every Man a King with Huey Long.
View this story from Louisiana: The State We’re In to learn more about Long’s efforts to build the New State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Watch this story from Louisiana: The State We’re In to learn more about the seven journalism students who were expelled from LSU in 1934 for printing a letter critical of Senator Long in the LSU Reveille newspaper.
In this panel discussion from the Huey Long Symposium at the Old State Capitol, see Dr. Glen Jeansonne, Dr. Richard White, Dr. Paul Leslie, and Dr. John Price discuss the legacy of Governor Huey P. Long.
In this panel discussion from the Huey Long Symposium at the Old State Capitol, watch members of the Long family discuss their history of public service in Louisiana.
In this panel discussion from the Huey Long Symposium at the Old State Capitol, see Dr. Carl Weiss, Jr., the son of Long’s alleged assassin, discuss why he thinks his father did not kill Huey Long.
View an interview from Louisiana: The State We’re In with Yvonne Boudreaux, the great-niece of Dr. Carl Weiss, Sr., discussing her documentary on the unanswered questions surrounding the assassination of Governor Huey P. Long.