Earl Long

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Earl Kemp Long

In office
June 26, 1939 – May 14, 1940
Preceded by Richard Webster Leche
Succeeded by Sam Houston Jones
In office
May 11, 1948 – May 13, 1952
Preceded by Jimmie Davis
Succeeded by Robert F. Kennon
In office
May 8, 1956 – May 10, 1960
Preceded by Robert F. Kennon
Succeeded by Jimmie H. Davis

38th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
May 12, 1936 – June 26, 1939
Preceded by James Albert Noe, Sr.
Succeeded by Isaac Coleman Lindsey

Born August 26, 1895
Winnfield, Louisiana.
Died September 5, 1960 (aged 65)
Alexandria
Resting place Earl K. Long Memorial Park in Winnfield
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Blanche Beulah Revere Long (married 1932-1960, his death)
Relations Huey Long (brother)

Congressman George S. Long (brother)
Russell Long (nephew)
Public Service Commissioner John Smoker Hunt, III (nephew)

Children No children
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Southern Baptist

Earl Kemp Long (August 26, 1895 – September 5, 1960) was a flamboyant politician from his native Louisiana who called himself the "Last of the Red Hot Poppas of Politics," a reference to his determined push to win elections with no stone left unturned. He was the younger brother of Huey Pierce Long, Jr., and the uncle of U.S. Senator Russell Long.

The year after his brother's assassination in Baton Rouge, Long served as lieutenant governor from 1936 to 1939, when he succeeded to the governorship upon the resignation of the scandal plagued Richard Webster Leche of New Orleans. He was defeated in the 1940 Democratic runoff primary election for a full term by Sam Houston Jones, a fellow lawyer from Lake Charles. In 1944, Long again ran for lieutenant governor but lost the nomination to Jimmie Davis' chosen candidate, J. Emil Verrett of Iberia Parish. In 1948, Long rebounded to defeat Sam Jones a second time, as both sought comebacks for governor, and the margin was decisive. In 1956, Long returned to the governorship with a large victory over Mayor deLessep Story Morrison, Sr., of New Orleans  and several other contenders.

In 1959, Long again ran for lieutenant governor on a ticket with former short-term Governor James Albert Noe, Sr., of Monroe but lost out to fellow Democrat Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock (1915-1987), a conservative from Franklin in St. Mary Parish. Jimmie Davis, meanwhile, reclaimed a second nonconsecutive term as governor from 1960 to 1964. Later in the summer of 1960, Long ran for Louisiana's 8th congressional district seat, since disbanded. He won a tight victory over fellow Democrat Harold Barnett McSween (1926-2002). When Long died of heart failure in Alexandria on election night after knowing of his victory, the Democratic Party named McSween as the party's nominee in the general election held on November 8, 1960.

Long is interred at Earl K. Long Memorial Park in  Winnfield. He was estranged from his wife, Blanche Revere Long, at the time of his death, and she is not buried in Winnfield. In 1963, Blanche Long was a prime mover behind the successful gubernatorial candidacy that year of John J. McKeithen, a public service commissioner from Caldwell Parish and a long-term ally of the Longs. McKeithn defeated former Mayor Morrison and former Governor Kennon for the party nomination and then turned aside a stronger-than-usual Republican bid for governor waged by Charlton Lyons, a Shreveport oilman.