Huey Pierce Long was best known as the most charismatic man to ever be governor of Louisiana. Through his political career no one ever thought Huey could get where he is today.
Long was born on August 30, 1893 on a farm in Winnfield, Louisiana. His parents were Hugh and Caledonia Long. They had nine children together; Huey was the seventh. He grew up in a poor family but they all still had a happy life. Huey grew up in the Baptist religion. When Huey was 14 he always knew that he wanted to be a politician and he knew exactly his goals. He attended the public schools in Winnfield and later attended University of Oklahoma School of Law for a short period of time. Huey dropped out of school in 1910, and spent the next four years in Texas and Tennessee as a successful traveling salesman, before enrolling into Tulane University. As a salesman, he sold canned goods, books, and medicines. While doing this he was also a book peddler and auctioneer. Huey also convinced a board to let him take the bar exam after only spending one year at Tulane. At Tulane University, Huey studied law and at the age of 21, he became a lawyer after completing the three year term in eight months. Being a lawyer, he soon developed a reputation as a champion of the common people. Huey was a member of the Democratic Party, he supported S. J Harper in his campaign against limited employers liability.
A while later, Huey asked Rose McConnell to marry him in 1913.They got married and had two kids named Rose and Russell. Rose was born on April 1917 in Winnfield and Russell was born in Shreveport the month the Long’s decided to move.
In Shreveport, Huey won the election as the state railroad commissioner for the northern district of Louisiana in 1918. He also became chairman of the Public Services Commission, and over the next couple of years, he successfully achieved lowering telephone, gas, electric rates, streetcar fares and severance tax on oil.
Before Huey became a...