A Long History of Leadership
When people think of Louisiana, many think of New Orleans and its Mardi Gras, many think of the Cajuns and their food, and others think of Louisiana's famous politicians. And when they think about Louisiana politics, what comes to mind? Well Winnfield, of course! (And if it doesn't – it should!) You see, Winnfield is the birthplace of politics in Louisiana for it is the home of three governors – Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long, and Oscar K. Allen.

Huey P. Long, also known as the Kingfish, was born in 1893. He was first elected Railroad Commissioner in 1918. After serving as Governor from 1928 until 1932, he became a United States Senator. Huey Long was actually Governor and Senator at the same time. He is credited as being the originator of the populist movement with the creed "Every Man a King,” also known as his "Share the Wealth” plan. Many feel that he would have challenged Franklin F. Roosevelt for the White House. Huey P. Long was assassinated in 1935 at the state capitol that he is credited with building.

Oscar K. Allen was born in 1882 and elected governor in 1932. "O.K.,” as he was known, loaned Huey P. Long $500 for Long to finance his first political campaign in 1921. Allen served as Chairman of the Louisiana Highway Commission and was elected to the State Senate in 1928. Allen was elected to the United States Senate after the death of Huey P. Long, but died before taking office.

Earl K. Long, Huey's brother, was born in 1895. He has the distinction of holding more state jobs than any other Louisiana native. "Uncle Earl,” as he was better known, was elected governor in 1939, 1948 and again in 1958. He was elected to the United States Congress in 1960, but died 10 days after his victory.

Earl was known for his down-home ways and for his love of hog hunting. The annual Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials are held the forth weekend of March in Winnfield. This is the largest Hog Dog competition in the world.


   

 

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