Blanche Long
First Lady of Louisiana
Blanche Long
Blanche Beulah Revere Long was the first lady of Louisiana from 1939–1940, 1948–1952, and 1956-1960. She was also a "partner in power" to her husband, Governor Earl Kemp Long. From 1956-1963, she was the Democratic national committeewoman from Louisiana. Thereafter, in 1963-1964, she was the campaign manager of Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Julian McKeithen, the presumed heir to Earl Long. Mrs. Long was born in Covington in St.
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Kate Middleton en robe de mariée : sa poupée est un succès ! - Elle
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Tiare, boucles d'oreille, dentelle blanche, long voile et bouquet de fleurs : tout est fait pour que la poupée ressemble à Kate Middleton le jour de son wedding day. Plus qu'un jouet, ce véritable objet de collection témoigne encore une fois de
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Tessie Meyers - Napa Valley Register
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Tessie Adean Meyers was born to James and Blanche Long in Wilbur, Ore., on Aug. 11, 1913. She passed away in Modesto, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Tessie and her family moved by covered wagon to Sacramento in the 1920s. She met her first husband
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Paid Notice: Deaths KASINDORF, BLANCHE
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KASINDORF-Blanche. Long time principal of P.S. 8. Beloved Aunt of Steven and Larry. Great-Aunt of Dana and Allison. Services held at Riverside Chapel, Coney Island Avenue and Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. Sunday at 11:30AM.
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KASINDORF-Blanche. Long time principal of P.S. 8. Beloved Aunt of Steven and Larry. Great-Aunt of Dana and Allison. Services held at Riverside Chapel, Coney Island Avenue and Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. Sunday at 11:30AM.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 95
    Died on May 11, 1998.
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  • 1989
    Age 86
    Dodd, however, discounts the importance of Starr in Long's last months of life and was particularly critical of the 1989 film Blaze, which he dismissed as "fiction."
    More Details Hide Details Dodd also relates in his memoirs that Long accused Blanche of hiring the prominent Baton Rouge attorney Theodore F. "Theo" Cangelosi to represent her in a separation suit against Earl Long. Cangelosi was a state legislator from 1940–1944, having served with Dodd in the Louisiana House. "He Long cussed Theo and then bragged on how smart and slick Theo was and how he could suck up $100 bills like an anteater takes his dinner. He even accused his wife of having an affair with Theo and then said he didn't mean it, for she could do better and besides that the long-footed (He had very long feet.) Cangelosi had fifteen or twenty children, and Miss Blanche didn't like children. And Earl raved and talked bad for a few minutes, he got sweet again and signed off by wishing Miss Blanche well and promising to beat the hell out of Harold B. McSween the pending congressional campaign."
  • 1966
    Age 63
    In a suit heard in 1966 seeking to reclaim the $163,000, Blanche Long claimed that attorney and former state Senator Joe T. Cawthorn of Mansfield on or about August 20, 1960, had delivered $6,000 in cash in Marksville in Avoyelles Parish to Long.
    More Details Hide Details This was two weeks before Long won his congressional race against Harold B. McSween but died before he could claim the seat. Mrs. Long was living in Metairie in Jefferson Parish at the time of her death at the age of ninety-five. She was a Methodist, while her husband was baptized into the First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge when he was sixty years of age. He is buried in the Earl K. Long Memorial in Winnfield. She is buried in Lake Lawn Cemetery in Metairie. Bill Dodd, who was seven years Mrs. Long's junior and died seven years before she did, summed up her career in his memoirs: "What she thought about governmental philosophies or forms, I do not know. But she understood and practiced practical politics better than any man I've ever known, except her husband, Earl Long."
  • 1963
    Age 60
    Moreover, according to Dodd, Long never intended to serve in Congress beyond two terms, for he was planning to enter the 1963 Democratic primary for governor.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 57
    Earl and Blanche Long separated after the mental hospital incident, and there was no reconciliation prior to his death in September 1960.
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    After he left the governorship in 1960, Earl Long decided to challenge freshman Eighth District Congressman Harold McSween of Alexandria for renomination.
    More Details Hide Details In a hard-fought runoff election, Long defeated McSween though he had trailed him in the first primary. There had been a third primary candidate, former State Representative Ben F. Holt of Rapides Parish, considered a conservative Democrat. Long scored a pyrrhic victory, for he was dead a few days later, and the Democratic State Central Committee returned McSween to the ballot as the unopposed Democratic nominee in the general election. In a way, one may say that the committee nullified the results of Long's last campaign. Dodd was the only one of Earl Long's former lieutenants who came into the Eighth District to help him to campaign. He was deserted by both Russell Long and AFL-CIO President Victor Bussie. Dodd said that he came to Earl's pleas for aid despite the wishes of Mrs. Dodd and Dodd's law partners. Moreover, Dodd himself was challenging incumbent Merle Welsh for the Baton Rouge-based Sixth Congressional District seat on the Louisiana Board of Education in that same primary. Dodd said that he called Mrs. Long to inform her of his intentions to assist Earl, and she thanked him for helping her husband. Dodd said that Earl Long was fighting the "banking interests, the corporations, the normal anti-Long people, and all the big news media, fighting with hardly any money and no statewide politicians to help him." Dodd was also able to demonstrate to Long that he was loyal, whereas "disloyal" Earl Long had opposed Dodd's two bids for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination—1952 and 1959.
    In May 1960, outgoing Governor Long attended the inauguration of his successor, Jimmie Davis, in the company of a 23-year-old stripper and burlesque dancer named Blaze Starr, whom he had first met in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Apparently, Mrs. Long believed that the mental hospital confinement would compel Earl to recognize his troubles and cause him to end his affair with Starr.
  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 48
    In 1951-1952, the Longs had attempted unsuccessfully to get McKeithen elected lieutenant governor.
    More Details Hide Details He lost in the primary runoff to C. E. "Cap" Barham of Ruston in Lincoln Parish. After his election, McKeithen named Mrs. Long to a state job on the Tax Commission. Dodd said that she handled the position very well. Dodd said that Blanche Long erred badly in how she handled two Long supporters, Frank and Ruth Matthews. She forced the Matthewses to "repay" $163,000 to her. This was compensation for funds that Earl Long had left with them for "safekeeping." Dodd took the view that the Matthewses had repaid Earl the money during the congressional campaign but could find no receipt to present to Mrs. Long. Mrs. Long, however, had the original "IOU" from the Matthewses. Dodd said he was convinced that the $163,000 was paid twice.
  • 1950
    Age 47
    Bankston and Mrs. Long professed concern about Long's loss of weight and feared for his weak heart, for he had a major heart attack in late 1950.
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  • 1947
    Age 44
    In the 1947-1948 Earl Long gubernatorial comeback, when Dodd was seeking the lieutenant governorship, Blanche Long ran the state campaign headquarters from the Higgins Building in New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Dodd said that she "kept about 100 volunteer workers happily and effectively working twelve to sixteen hours a day. They got their literature out, arranged for millions of cards and circulars to be printed and mailed, and took care of our speaking dates out in the state and on radio. No business was ever operated more smoothly or effectively than Miss Blanche ran Earl's campaign headquarters. The workers and the public loved her and worked for her." Dodd said that he was never on Mrs. Long's "favored list" because he had gubernatorial ambitions of his own, and Earl and Blanche Long did not want another potential governor to come from their own faction. Earl Long felt that he would gain nothing if one of his weaker lieutenants were to be elected governor: he always wanted to head the Long faction, both as governor and as former governor in waiting.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1932
    Age 29
    She married Earl Long on August 17, 1932; they had no children.
    More Details Hide Details Mrs. Long was protective of her several sisters and her only brother — she helped him to obtain and maintain state employment in Baton Rouge. According to former Lieutenant Governor and Superintendent of Education William J. "Bill" Dodd, Blanche Revere was "in her young years a true beauty. And she was just as intelligent as she was good-looking. In her political days, her personality came across as either soft and sweet or blue steel and cold, depending not so much on how she felt, but on what the situation demanded." In his Peapatch Politics: The Earl Long Era in Louisiana Politics, Dodd, a keen observer of state political developments, declared "Miss Blanche," as most addressed her, "a major factor in Governor Earl Long's political life.... Miss Blanche knew as much about the mechanics of politics as her husband. In many ways she complemented Earl's qualities; together they made a unique political team. Miss Blanche, a better judge of people, recognized con artists and phonies more quickly than Earl. She also handled them better.... She saved Earl from many mistaken appraisals of people and subsequent errors in the treatment of them. Miss Blanche was motivated by as strong a desire to become the first lady of Louisiana as Earl was to become its governor."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Born
    Born on December 17, 1902.
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