"He was a crook but he had no money; a corrupt politician but the cost of government is third-lowest in the country; a demagogue but he kept his campaign promises; a hillbilly but he had no racial prejudices; an ignoramus but he ran a business administration; a dictator but he broadened the suffrage; an opportunist but he had ideals."
—Washington Columnist Drew Pearsons proposed epitaph in response to false charges against Long
"They don't know Huey Long. They never saw him and would not know him if he stepped off the train at our station. But they know him in name and you can't make them believe he is not their defender."
—A local south Louisiana politician to New Orleans States reporter on Long's reputation
"Every man a king, but no one wears a crown."Huey Pierce Long Jr. (18931935), known as "The Kingfish", was the 40th governor of Louisiana. He was considered a hero by his supporters, and a power-hungry, autocratic bumpkin by detractors. He created the "Share Our Wealth" movement: a series of reforms that basically heavily taxed the rich and gave monthly allowance to the poor, with other tasks as well. He planned to take the 1936 Democrat ticket from Franklin D. Roosevelt, but Long was assassinated a year before the election. Many of his economic policies and ideas were subsequently implemented into the New Deal, albeit in a very watered-down form. Long's life has been the subject of two Bio Pics: The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish (1977), starring Edward Asner, and Kingfish (1995), starring John Goodman.
—A slogan often used by Long
Tropes Present in Long's Life and Legacy:
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