Born near Winnfield, Louisiana, on August 30, 1893, Huey Long was elected governor of the state in 1928. Charismatic with a sweeping populist agenda that provided reforms for the poor during the Depression, Long was known to have a draconian, dictatorial bureaucratic style that divided many. He won a senate seat in 1932 with eyes on the presidency, but died on September 10, 1935, after being shot.
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