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"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."
— A slogan often used by Long

Huey Pierce Long Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), 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 Democratic 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 Biopics: The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish (1977), starring Edward Asner, and Kingfish (1995), starring John Goodman.


Huey Long in fiction:

  • Long himself wrote My First Days in the White House, a fictionalized Author Tract explaining in detail how he would go about implementing his Share Our Wealth platform were he to win the 1936 Presidential election. It was published posthumously.
  • The novel All the King's Men is generally said to be based on his life, although author Robert Penn Warren denied it.
  • The Simpsons episode "The Mansion Family" begins at an awards ceremony where it is revealed that the oldest man in Springfield (not Mr. Burns, though he does claim the award as such due to the minor technicality of the original honoree dying on-stage as he accepts his award) belatedly took a bullet for Long.
  • Appears in Reds! as a populist, left-leaning Democratic presidential nominee. He is killed off, together with most of the Louisiana State Government, after protesting MacArthur suspending the Constitution to prevent the communists from taking office.
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  • Appears in Timeline-191 as a Louisiana politician who is assassinated by Featherston's government for being too much of an independent threat to the Confederates.
  • Long is the subject of two songs on Randy Newman's Good Old Boys album, "Every Man a King" (a Cover Version of a 1935 composition that Long co-wrote) and "Kingfish" .
  • In Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel It Can't Happen Here, Buzz Windrip, an obvious No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Huey Long, becomes President in 1936 and establishes a fascist dictatorship in America. Lewis wrote the novel partially to harm Long's chances at the 1936 elections, but Long was killed before the book was published.
  • In Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg, a mod for multiple entries in the Hearts of Iron series, Long is the leader of the American Union State, one of four breakaway factions at the start of the Second American Civil War. While in our timeline Long was economically leftist and socially moderate, the Kaiserreich version of Long has him resort to allying with far-right factions despite his distaste for them as he sees the further left syndicalists threatening his chances at power. Should Long win the new civil war, he'll be able to recreate America in his image with populistic reforms if he isn't overthrown and assassinated by his erstwhile "allies".
    • Long appears in several other Hearts of Iron mods:
      • In Führerreich: Legacy of the Great War, he can be elected President of the United States as the leader of the Progressive (Social Democrat) party.
      • In Imperial Dusk, he is a moderate syndicalist (having grown up in a socialist America), and a major rival of William Z. Foster for leadership of both the Socialist Labor Party and the Democratic Union of America itself.
  • Our Dumb Century has an article about his assassination, stating that he was murdered "Cajun style" by being run over by a parade float. His death triggers a huge party, complete with spicy foods and numerous women baring their breasts.


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