James A. Noe

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James Albert Noe, Sr.

In office
January 28, 1936​ – May 12, 1936​
Preceded by Oscar Kelly "O. K." Allen​
Succeeded by Richard Webster Leche​

Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana​
In office
1935​ – January 28, 1936​
Governor Oscar K. Allen​
Preceded by Thomas Carroll Wingate (vice for John B. Fournet
Succeeded by Earl Kemp Long

Louisiana State Senator
In office
Preceded by M. C. Redmond
Succeeded by D. Y. Smith

Born December 21, 1890​
Evans Landing

Harrison County
Indiana, USA​

Died October 18, 1976 (aged 85)​
Houston, Texas, U.S.​
Resting place Emma Lee Short Memorial Chapel Mausoleum of Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Anna Gray Sweeney Noe (married 1922–1972, her death)​
Children Anna Gray "Gay" Noe McLendon

James A. Noe, Jr.
Linda McRae Noe
John M. and Belle McRae Noe​

Residence Monroe, Louisiana​
Occupation Businessman, farmer, and radio and television station owner
United States Army in World War I
Religion United Methodist

James Albert Noe, Sr. (December 21, 1890 – October 18, 1976), was an Indiana-born businessman and in 1936 a short-term governor of his adopted state of Louisiana.


Noe was a son of John M. Noe (1861-1890) and the former Belle McRae (1861-1943), born near Evans Landing in Harrison County in southern Indiana. His parents are interred at the Evans Landing Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Noe never knew his father, who died before the age of thirty in the same year that Noe himself was born.[1]

Noe attended county schools in Indiana and served in World War I as a first lieutenant with the 369th Infantry in France. After the war, he returned to Louisiana and in 1922 wed the former Anna Gray Sweeney (1901-1972). The couple had three children,[2] [3] Anna Gray "Gay" Noe McLendon (1923-1993), James "Jimmy" Noe, Jr. (1928-2005),[4] and Linda McRae Noe Laine (1938-2019), a businesswoman and scholar of Near Eastern history, Biblical studies, and modern China.[5]


Active in the Louisiana Democratic Party, Noe was elected state senator in 1932 for District 29 (Ouachita and Jackson parishes).[6] He was a floor leader for Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr., prior to Long's elevation to the United States Senate. Long's successor as governor, Oscar Kelly Allen, appointed Noe lieutenant governor to replace Thomas C. Wingate, the short term successor to John B. Fournet, who stepped down in early 1935 to becaome a justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. When Allen died in office, Noe became governor, with an abbreviated tenure from January to May 1936. Noe returned to the state Senate and served there until 1940, when he and Earl Kemp Long both ran unsuccessfully for governor, the victor being Sam Houston Jones of Lake Charles. Noe ran again for governor in 1959, with term-limited Earl Long again unsuccessfully seeking the office of lieutenant governor on Noe's intra-party ticket[2] Earl Long was lieutenant governor from 1936 to 1939, he succeeded to the governorship for one year. Long had also sought the lieutenant governor's position in 1944, when he lost to J. Emile Verret of New Iberia, who ran on the Jimmie Davis ticket.

Noe was engaged in the petroleum and natural gas industries with operations in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, both as producer and royalty owner. He owned and operate farms in Indiana and Ouachita and Tensas parishes, Louisiana, most significantly the Whitehall Plantation in Monroe. In 1944, he entered the communications business, founding WNOE-AM and FM radio stations in New Orleans. In 1953, he launched KNOE-TV, [2]the CBS affiliate in Monroe and the first television station in north Louisiana. All three of his children worked in the radio and television stations.

In 1971, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then Northeast Louisiana University, awarded Noe an honorary LL. D. degree. Noe died in Houston, Texas, at the age of eighty-five. He is entombed in Monroe at the Emma Lee Short Memorial Chapel Mausoleum in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, along with his wife and younger daughter.​ Jimmy Noe is interred at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.[4]

See also


  1. John M. Noe. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 28, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Noe, James Albert. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on April 28, 2020.
  3. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography' uses these sources for its short article No: Who’s Who in America, 39th ed. (1976-1977), Miriam G. Reeves, The Governors of Louisiana (1972), and The New Orleans Times-Picayune, obituary, October 19, 1976.
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Noe obituary. The Baton Rouge Advocate (July 12, 2005). Retrieved on April 28, 2020.
  5. Linda Laine obituary. The New Orleans Times-Picayune (August 18, 2019). Retrieved on April 28, 2020.
  6. Louisiana Senate Directory, 1880-2024, p. 74. Retrieved on April 28, 2020.