Long, Huey

A political leader of the 1920s and 1930s who served as governor of Louisiana and represented that state in the Senate. He promised every family enough money for a home, car, radio, pension, and college education. A demagogue, Long dominated Louisiana's politics and pushed aside opposition. He planned to run for president but was assassinated before he could do so.

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Long was nicknamed the “Kingfish.”

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Members of Long's family played a prominent role in Louisiana and national politics for some time.
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