Earl Long

Born Aug 26, 1895

Earl Kemp Long was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Louisiana for three non-consecutive terms. Long termed himself the "last of the red hot poppas" of politics, referring to his stump-speaking skills. He served from 1939–1940, 1948–1952, and 1956–1960. He was also lieutenant governor, having served from 1936–1939, but he failed in three other bids to be elected lieutenant governor. In 1932, he lost to state House Speaker John B.… Read More

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1895 Birth Born on August 26, 1895.


1936 40 Years Old 1 More Event
He was also elected as lieutenant governor, serving from 1936 to 1939. … Read More
1939 43 Years Old When Governor Richard W. Leche resigned in 1939, Long succeeded for eleven months to the governorship.
1940 44 Years Old He failed to win a term of his own in the election of 1940. … Read More
1944 48 Years Old In 1944, Long did not run for governor but his earlier position as lieutenant governor on an intraparty ticket with former U.S. Representative Lewis Lovering Morgan of Covington in St. Tammany Parish, north of New Orleans. … Read More


1948 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948, Long was elected governor to succeed Jimmie Davis. … Read More
1950 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Long suffered a major heart attack in 1950, but recovered.
Term limited and unable to run in the 1951–1952 elections, Long essentially sat out the statewide elections.


1956 60 Years Old In 1956, Long vetoed funding for the work undertaken by the LSU historian Edwin Adams Davis to establish the state archives. … Read More
1957 61 Years Old Long blamed his failure to become lieutenant governor on Secretary of State Wade O. Martin, Jr., a former ally with whom he quarreled for many years thereafter. Years later he paid him back; in 1957, Long pushed through a new law, taking jurisdiction of insurance and voting machines out of the secretary of state's office and setting up two new patronage positions. … Read More
After Boucher decided not to run for office in the 1959–1960 election cycle, Long appointed Douglas Fowler of Red River Parish.
Long supported another ally, Douglas Fowler of Coushatta, who won the position when it was established as an elective office in 1960. … Read More
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