Louisiana senator Huey Long is shot

Louisiana senator Huey Long is shot

Senator Huey Long is shot in the Louisiana state capitol building. Called a demagogue by critics, the populist leader was a larger-than-life figure who boasted that he bought legislators “like sacks of potatoes, shuffled them like a deck of cards.” He gave himself the nickname “Kingfish,” saying “I’m a small fish here in Washington. But I’m the Kingfish to the folks down in Louisiana.”

In 1928 Long became the youngest governor of Louisiana at age 34. His brash style alienated many people, including the heads of the biggest corporation in the state, Standard Oil. Long preached the redistribution of wealth, which he believed could be done by heavily taxing the rich. One of his early propositions, which met with much opposition, was an “occupational” tax on oil refineries. Later, Long would develop these theories into the Share Our Wealth society, which promised a $2,500 minimum income per family.

Long also abolished the state’s poll tax on voting and gained free textbooks for every student. His motto was “Every Man a King.” His populism led to an impeachment attempt, but he successfully foiled the charges. In 1930, he won the election for Louisiana senator but declined to serve until his handpicked successor was able to win the governor’s seat in 1932.

Soon after vigorously campaigning for Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, Long, with his own designs on the office, began loudly denouncing the new president. In response, many of his allies in the Louisiana legislature turned against him and would no longer vote for his candidates. In an effort to regain power in the state, Long managed to pass a series of laws giving him control over the appointment of every public position in the state, including every policeman and schoolteacher.

Long, who was planning to take on Franklin Roosevelt in the next election, was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss at point-blank range outside the main hall of the capitol building. Weiss’ motives continue to be debated, but some believe he was angry about rumors Long had spread about the doctor’s in-laws, who had opposed Long politically.


Huey Long: The Louisiana Kingfish

As Governor and Senator, Huey Long, established a radical dictatorship in his native Louisiana Peter J. King writes how, at the time of his death, Long was nourishing nation-wide ambitions.

On September 8th, 1935, a young doctor stepped from behind a pillar in the state capitol at Baton Rouge and fired one shot from his revolver. Two days later his victim, Senator Huey Pierce Long of Louisiana, died, and his death caused countless Americans, from President Roosevelt downwards, to breathe a sigh of relief, while the poor farmers of Louisiana lamented the passing of their hero.

Within his short career, Huey Long had wrought a revolution in his own state and threatened to extend it to the whole of the country. Long is a controversial figure who has aroused fervent enthusiasm and almost complete hatred. He had been hailed as the saviour of the poor and the oppressed, but more often denounced as a dictator, the harbinger of American fascism, and even as the potential Mussolini of America.

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Assassinated at the age of 42

Shot In The State Capital Building In 1935

Baton Rouge

Dr Karl Jacob Weiss Was The Assassin

Huey Long's Sworn Enemy

Just Another Zionist Assassination

Long was assassinated because he was one of the most charismatic leaders of the 1930s, and he was going to run for president. He could have easily defeated Roosevelt, and would have put International Jewry back 200 years.

Louisiana History

Louisiana, because of the Mississippi, was the gateway to the South, and Jewish traders arrived as early as 1730.

The great Jewish migration of the1880s swamped the country, and they quickly took control. In 1913, they passed the Federal Reserve Act. They then started Wall Street, the ADL, took us into World War One, and collapsed the economy in 1929.

They installed Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt.

Who Was Huey Long?

Huey &ldquoKingfish&rdquo Long, was governor of Louisiana in 1928, who became a U.S. Senator in 1932, and assassinated in1935. As Senator, Long supported Roosevelt in the beginning, but eventually became aware of the Depression being a result of deliberate Federal Reserve policy. He recognized the real beneficiaries of the depression were certain sectors who were buying stocks, bonds real estate and American businesses hand over fist.

In August of 1935, Long Announced His Presidential Campaign

The wealth was being transferred from working Americans to these select few. Long proposed the "Share Our Wealth" program which said that no individual family could hold more than $ 5 mil in wealth and receive more than $ 1 mil in annual income.

Roosevelt Saw An Enemy

Huey Long, an accomplished orator and statesman, had pointed out many of the fallacies of Roosevelt and the New Deal (Jew Deal), and many people were starting to listen. Roosevelt had become alarmed at Huey Long, as the Great Depression threatened to catapult Long into the Presidency.

FDR had actually made some threats, and in March of 1935 Long made a broadcast and had it put in the congressional record.

Roosevelt's Controllers

He was controlled by a group of Jewish advisors, who were ultimately controlled by the Rothschilds. Names like Baruch, Oppenheimer, Loeb, Morganthau, Frankfurter.

They weren't going to let some 'Firebrand Southerner' become president at this critical juncture.

The assassination

On Sunday, September 8, 1935, Huey Long was at the capital building in Baton Rouge. He was attending a session called by Judge Benjamin Pavy, one of Long's political enemies. As Long walked down a corridor, a Dr. Carl Weiss ( Pavy&rsquos son in law ) walked up to him and shot him in the abdomen.

His body guards shot the Jewish doctor over thirty times.

He Was Shot In The Capital

Long was shot, and collapsed in a stairwell. He was muttering - "Why did he shoot me?"

Rushed To Hospital

He was brought to Lady of The Lake hospital.

Doctor Vidrine

Huey Long's wound was not life threatening, but the bullet hit a kidney, and that caused blood poison. Two surgeons were arriving from New Orleans, when Dr Authur Vidrine, a Jewish physician declared that he would have to perform emergency surgery before they had a chance to arrive.

When the two surgeons arrived they were appalled at Vidrine's obvious and calculatingly incompetent job. They openly stated he was an accomplice.

Louisiana's Greatest Governor

His state tax system basically used the wealthy to pay for Louisiana schools. Long took Louisiana's illiteracy rate from 22%, and brought it down to 5%. The road system went from 300 miles to 3200 miles of paved roads.

His Presidential Promises

He would restrict the Federal Reserve, redistribute the wealth by taxing wealthy individuals and corporations.

The Historical Aftermath

Today, Huey Long is portrayed as a corrupt philandering womanizer. There is even an attempt to rewrite the assassination by a F Morris Grevenberg, who claims that Weiss got in an argument with Long, and Long's bodyguards shot an innocent Jew.

Grevenberg claims Long was shot by his own bodyguards.


In American History

A month before his death, Senator Huey Pierce Long of Louisiana informed the U.S. Senate that his enemies were planning to assassinate him. Long frequently expressed fears about physical violence, but the pronouncement soon before the shooting made his previous statements appear credible.

While attending a legislative session in Baton Rouge on 8 September 1935, Long was fatally wounded in the halls of the Louisiana State Capitol building. Allegedly, Dr. Carl Austin Weiss shot Long outside the doors of the governor’s office, and Long’s bodyguards killed Weiss, shooting him approximately thirty times. Weiss died at the scene, and Long died about thirty hours later.

As a federal senator, Long had no legal power in the state legislature, but he exercised dictator-like control over Louisiana and regularly attended state sessions. Long was elected as governor in 1928 and successfully fought impeachment charges in 1929.


Halfway through his term, he won a position in the U.S. Senate, but refused to vacate the governorship to the lieutenant governor. Long took his Senate seat in 1932 after his handpicked successor, Oscar Kelly Allen, was elected. Long launched a nationwide campaign for wealth redistribution, known as the “Share Our Wealth Society,” and waged war on big business, especially Standard Oil.

He engaged in unethical and illegal practices such as requiring all of his employees to sign undated resignation letters, allowing him to dismiss them at whim. Such behaviors earned Long enemies while he was in power, there were two political parties in Louisiana: Longs and anti-Longs. Business interests and conservative politicians hated him, but his platform received mass support.

At the zenith of his reign, Long controlled nearly every aspect of state and local government, but brought much-needed improvements like paved roads and schools to Louisiana. He was considered a possible threat to his estranged ally Franklin D. Roosevelt in the presidential election of 1936 when a bullet stopped his rise to power.

Long’s supporters used the shooting as a campaign issue for the state elections of 1936, claiming that political opponents were behind the shooting. Drawing attention to the senator’s prophecy of an assassination attempt, gubernatorial candidate Richard Leche and other pro-Longs called the opposition the “Party of Murder” and the “Assassination Party.”

According to the theory, Weiss had attended a gathering at the DeSoto Hotel in New Orleans on 22 July 1935 where he and several other men discussed murdering the senator. One version even states that the men drew straws to determine who would actually commit the deed. Long employees recorded the meeting, and the transcripts served as the basis for Long’s own claim of an assassination attempt.

There was a meeting at the hotel, but it was a well-publicized anti-Long political conference, and most sources agree that Weiss, who showed little interest in politics, was not present. Regardless, the conspiracy allegations died down after pro-Long candidates defeated their rivals in 1936, and despite campaign promises, the Longites never brought charges against any of the alleged conspirators.

Even as pro-Longs blamed Weiss, others were looking in the opposite direction, claiming that Long’s bodyguards killed him. Weiss, who might have been angry about a racial slur against his family or the plans to gerrymander his father-in-law’s judicial seat, hit Long on the mouth.

The guards responded with gunfire, and the senator took a bullet meant for Weiss. Long did have an unexplained mouth wound, and the guards’ testimony did not agree on key points, such as how many shots Weiss fired or how Long received the lip wound.

Bodyguard George McQuiston refused to testify at an inquest, leading observers to think that the guards had something to hide and were conspiring to cover up the facts. In 1936 K. B. Ponder, an investigator for Long’s life insurance company, concluded that the guards shot Long.

Conversely, official investigations in 1935 and 1992 found that Weiss alone was responsible for Long’s death, but many questions remain. Doctors never performed an autopsy on Long, and Weiss’s corpse was not examined until it was exhumed in 1991.

Weiss’s .32-caliber pistol and the case file were missing for fifty years, and it was fifty-six years after the incident that ballistics tests were performed on the alleged assassin’s weapon. The analysis was inconclusive. A spent round found with the gun did not match bullets fired from the weapon, and the identity of Long’s killer remains an open question.


Huey Long shot.

This 12 page newspaper has two column headlines on the front page that include: "LONG'S FINAL PLACE OF REST IS CHOSEN ON CAPITAL GROUNDS" and more.

Other news of the day throughout. Light browning with some margin wear and spine creasing, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: Long called for a third special session of the Louisiana State Legislature to begin in September 1935, and he traveled from Washington to Baton Rouge to oversee its progress. The accounts of the September 8, 1935 murder differ, with many believing that Long was shot once or twice by medical doctor Carl Austin Weiss in the Capitol building at Baton Rouge. Weiss was immediately shot sixty-one times by Long's bodyguards and police on the scene. The 28-year-old Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of Judge Benjamin Henry Pavy. According to Mrs. Ida Catherine Pavy Boudreaux of Opelousas, Pavy's only surviving child, her father had been gerrymandered out of his Sixteenth Judicial District because of his opposition to Long.

Shortly after being shot, the expiring Long reportedly said, "I wonder why he shot me."[14] Long died two days later of internal bleeding, following Dr. Arthur Vidrine's attempt to close the wounds.


Huey Long Shot Here: See the Bullet Hole

At the time of his death Huey Long was a United States Senator from Louisiana. He had no business being in the Louisiana state capitol, running the state like a dictator, but that's what he was doing on the night of September 8, 1935.

And that's when he was shot by a bespectacled young doctor, Carl Weiss, whose father-in-law Huey had just gerrymandered out of a judgeship.

The spot on the floor where Huey was shot has the tile design of a sunburst and concentric circles, creating an unintended bullseye. When we asked directions to the spot, a helpful guard reminded us to "see the bullet hole." This hole was not made by the bullet that killed Huey Long (it was fired in another direction) -- and some naysayers have suggested that it isn't even a bullet hole, just an imperfection in a granite column. But Dr. Weiss was shot over 60 times by Huey's bodyguards, a fusillade of bullets in a relatively confined space, so odds are that at least one of them left a bullet hole.


Louisiana State Capitol. Huey was shot in a ground floor hallway.

A showcase at the shooting site displays visual aids, such as photos of Huey, Weiss, the gun, and Huey's bloodstained clothing news headlines of the time, and two best-guess illustrations of what the assassination looked like. A plaque on the wall, next to the column, is at the spot where the doctor hid. You can stand there, too, and imagine that Huey would've welcomed the current airport-style screening at the capitol's front door.

The statehouse itself is an attraction. Huey had it built to be the most jaw-dropping state capitol in the country and the tallest building in Louisiana (You can still visit its observation deck). He had an apartment on the 24th floor and a private "For Governor Only" elevator for his personal use, even though he was no longer governor when the building opened.

Unfortunately for Huey, these happy building attractions are a distant second to the shooting spot and the bullet hole, probably the second-most famous bullet hole in America after this one.


Assassination Clubs

&ldquoI was very lucky in knowing and being a close friend with an old eccentric gentleman in Winnfield who as a young man, was invited to a secret meeting. He said at the time he had no idea what the meeting was about. He only knew the close friend who invited him was a well known doctor who was born and raised in Winn Parish and a person he trusted.

After having met the man in Shreveport, he was blindfolded and taken to an unknown location where he had to take an oath on a Bible that he would not reveal what was going on.

The meeting was actually a [Huey Long] 'assassination club' meeting. The members were doctors, attorneys, businessmen &hellip upper class folks. He said he had never told that story until he told me about it, as he did not want any part of it, even though his family were strong anti-Longs. But he did like Earl.&rdquo

&mdash Greggory Davies, retired Winn Parish Deputy Sheriff

On September 8, Huey was in the State Capitol in Baton Rouge for a special session of the Louisiana legislature, pushing through a number of bills including a measure to gerrymander opponent Judge Benjamin Pavy out of his job. According to the generally accepted version of events, Pavy’s son-in-law, Dr. Carl Weiss, approached Huey in a corridor and shot him at close range in the abdomen. Huey’s bodyguards immediately opened fired on Weiss as Huey ran to safety.

Weiss was killed instantly, and Huey was rushed to a nearby hospital, where emergency surgery failed to stop internal bleeding.

Huey died two days later on September 10, 1935, eleven days after his 42 nd birthday. His last words were, &ldquoGod, don’t let me die. I have so much to do.&rdquo


Tyrant

Writing at National Review, Ellen Carmichael, whose family stood opposed to Long and his regime, discusses how corruption, intimidation, and surrounded every bit of Long’s legacy:

Dr. Carl A. Weiss Jr. died on August 1, 2019. It’s not typically considered newsworthy by the New York Times when a retired orthopedic surgeon passes away at the age of 84, but Weiss was more than a physician. He was the son of the man who shot Huey P. Long.

Or so we were taught. As a child growing up in Louisiana in the 1990s, I learned that there was absolutely no doubt that in the 1930s, the state’s best governor and all-around great man died at the hands of a political opponent out for blood. That story, like so much about Long, is a lie.

The myth of Long’s assassination is just one in a long line of tales meant to lionize the former governor and U.S. senator, painting over his lengthy track record of corruption and brutality in his pursuit for power. Huey P. Long, historian Arthur Schlesinger explained in a 1986 Ken Burns documentary about the populist politician, was the closest thing to a dictator the U.S. has ever seen.

“It’s a mistake to regard Huey Long as an ideological figure, a man committed to a program,” Schlesinger said. “I think Huey Long’s great passion was for power and money, and he stole a lot of money and accumulated a lot of power and destroyed all those who got in the way of these two ambitions.”

Many Louisianans have instead chosen to remember Long as the flamboyant politician who gave pencils to poor schoolchildren and built sparkling new bridges across the waterways of the swampy state. Some fetishize his authoritarian regime as the zaniest chapter in Louisiana’s colorful history, ignoring the long-term damage he caused in both governance and reputation to the state.

Carmichael listed a few of Long’s hypocrisies:

  • State funds to own a “luxurious wardrobe” after bashing J.P. Morgan Jr. for owning hundreds of suits.
  • Forced through the building of a new governor’s mansion.
  • Made himself “chief legal counsel for the state in its lawsuits against private businesses.”
  • Billed them so much he could own many residences.
  • Every state employee had “to direct 5 to 10 percent of each paycheck to his ‘deduct box,’ a mysterious fund that subsidized his political machine.

The Capitol Huey Long Built

In the 1930’s, this Louisiana skyscraper reflected the style of America’s tallest buildings. The State Capitol opened in 1932, a year after the Empire State Building in New York. This is the vision of Governor Huey Long, whose bronze figure stands squarely in front of the towering structure.

Capitol tour guide Lance Sullivan explained that Governor Long wanted to make a statement, “He loved the idea of having this modern building rising out of the flatland in south Louisiana, rising up and signaling that the state itself was on the rise as it was becoming more modern with the rest of the country.” For nearly four decades, this was the tallest building in Louisiana. And to this day it’s taller than all state capitols and the U.S. Capitol.

At 27 floors up, you still get a stunning view of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River. You can see LSU’s Tiger Stadium to the south, activity in the port, which is the furthest point upriver for ocean-going ships, oil refineries, and the garden where Huey Long is buried.

Huey Long is buried beneath his statue in front of the Louisiana State Capitol

Huey Long never served in this Capitol as governor. He became a U.S. Senator before it was finished. But Long still spent time here. According to Sullivan, “A lot of times when he would come to the Capitol building, he would kick the governor out of the Governor’s Office and use that as his office.”

Three years after the Capitol opened, Long was gunned down when he stepped out of the Governor’s Office in a back hallway. His accused assassin, Dr. Carl Weiss, was the son-in-law of a judge who was one of Long’s political opponents. “Dr. Weiss stepped up from the column and shoots him once or twice,” Sullivan says. “Dr. Weiss is killed by the other body guards that were present and he’s actually shot 61 times.”

Weapon that police say was used to assassinate Huey Long

In a back hallway outside the old Governor’s Office, the stone wall still shows the impact of several bullets.

One of the bullet holes is clearly visible over the left shoulder of a bronze statue of Lasalle, which was on display in the hallway at the time of the shooting.

There was another act of violence in the Senate Chamber in 1970 during the highly contentious debate over right to work legislation. About midnite on a Sunday when no one was here, an explosion of dynamite tore through the room.

A wood splinter remains stuck in the ceiling tiles high above the desks in the Louisiana Senate Chamber.

It’s worth looking at the detail in this building. In the depths of the Great Depression, it seems no expense was spared here.

One of several statues on display in the Capitol Rotunda

You will see approximately 26 different types of marble and stone from all around the world. The floors are cut from volcanic rock from Italy’s Mount Vesuvius. The murals, the ceiling paintings, the statues and carvings all tell a 1930’s version of the state’s history. The Capitol remains a giant memorial to the populist governor and his vision for the Louisiana.

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Louisiana senator Huey Long is shot - HISTORY

Huey P. Long, a U.S. Senator and one of the
most remarkable and enigmatic men in
American history, was shot down in a hallway
of the Louisiana State Capitol on September
8, 1935. He died two days later.

The assassination of Senator Huey P. Long
was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. His
death at the age of 42 changed American
history forever.

Huey P. Long was born in Winnfield,
Louisiana, on August 30, 1893. He attended
the University of Oklahoma and then Tulane
University before passing the Louisiana bar
exam and being licensed to practice law on
May 15, 1915 at the age of only 22.

Three years later he was elected to the
Louisiana Railroad Commission (today's
Public Service Commission), on which he
served for ten years. During his time there,
Long demonstrated himself to be a strong
Populist by leading the commission to order
telephone company rebates and lowering
natural gas prices to consumers.

Huey Long lost his 1924 race for governor,
but ran again in 1928 and was elected. His
tenure was one of remarkable progress for
Louisiana:

  • 2,500 miles of roads paved.
  • 1,308 miles of roads given asphalt
    surface.
  • Free night schools for adults.
  • Free text books for all students.
  • Network of charity hospitals for the
    poor.
  • 21 free health clinics.
  • LSU Medical School established.
  • Tripled the budget for LSU.
  • $8 million in construction at LSU.
  • Built 100 bridges throughout the state.
  • Abolished the poll tax to allow the
    poor to vote.

Long's political opponents, many of them
allies of Standard Oil Company, tried to
impeach him in 1929, but failed.

Because the Louisiana Constitution only
allowed a governor to serve one term, Huey
P. Long ran for the U.S. Senate in 1930. He
was elected but did not take his seat until
1932 when the election of one of his allies to
the governor's chair was assured.

He supported Franklin D. Roosevelt in the
1932 Presidential election, but soon came to
oppose FDR's policies as not doing enough
for average Americans who were suffering
through the Great Depression.

On February 23, 1934, he went on national
radio to propose his Share Our Wealth
program. His plan included capping the
fortunes of the wealthy at $50 million and
then using the money taken from them to
fund massive social programs, including:

  • Free higher education.
  • Free vocational training.
  • Veterans benefits.
  • Free health care.
  • Shortening the work week.
  • Four weeks vacation for all workers.
  • Yearly payment to people earning
    less than one-third of the national
    average income.

Remarkably for the time, Long welcomed all
people - black or white - into the program,
emphasizing that Share Our Wealth was
designed to help all people living in poverty,
not just the whites. He was widely opposed
by white supremacists.

With such massive support, it became clear
in 1935 that Senator Huey P. Long was
emerging as a major threat to President
Franklin D. Roosevelt in the next election.
Many speculate to this day that he might well
have beaten FDR in 1936 and become
President of the United States. It was not to
be.

Even though he had gone to Washington in
1932, Huey Long had maintained a tight grip
on the reigns of power in Louisiana and often
returned to Baton Rouge to direct sessions
of the legislature in the towering new capitol
he had built.

Long predicted several times that his life
would end in assassination. Many of his
opponents agreed. They had come to believe
that the only way to defeat the "Kingfish," as
he liked to call himself, was to kill him.

On September 8, 1935, Long was in Baton
Rouge to oversee redistricting that would
remove political opponent Judge Benjamin
Pavy from office. Surrounded by bodyguards
that he had employed due to repeated death
threats, Huey Long emerged into the long
main corridor of the Louisiana State Capitol.

As Senator Long approached the center of
the building, Dr. Carl Weiss (Judge Pavy's
son-in-law) stepped from behind a column
and shot the senator in the abdomen. Long's
bodyguards returned fire and bullets flew in
all directions. Weiss was shot dead.

Senator Huey P. Long died two days later on
September 10, 1935. His last words were,
"God, don't let me die. I have so much to do."

As is the case with most such political
murders, speculation about conspiracies
continue to this day. For the wealthy of
Louisiana, Long's death was a day of victory.
For the impoverished people he had helped,
it was a day of tragedy.

An estimated 200,000 people attended Huey
P. Long's funeral as he was laid to rest on
the grounds in front of the modern capitol he
had built. A statue of the senator stands over
his grave today.

Long's brother, Earl K. Long, was elected as
Governor of Louisiana in 1948. Huey's son,
Russell B. Long, was elected to the U.S.
Senate the same year and went on to
become one of the most powerful senators
in American history. He served for 39 years.

Huey P. Long's grave and statue can be seen
today directly in front of the Louisiana State
Capitol. Inside on the main floor, an exhibit in
the central corridor details his assassination
at that site. A metal plaque on the wall notes
that Senator Long was shot there and close
examination of the marble walls reveals a
number of scars left by bullets on the day of
the assassination. Please click here to learn
more about visiting the capitol .


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