Earl Kemp Long (August 26, 1895 – September 5, 1960) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Louisiana for three non-consecutive terms. Long termed himself the "last of the red hot poppas" of politics, referring to his stump-speaking skills. He served from 1939 to 1940, 1948 to 1952, and 1956 to 1960.
He was also elected as lieutenant governor, serving from 1936 to 1939. Trying to keep a close hand in state government, Long failed in three other bids to be elected lieutenant governor.
At the time of his death, Long's last term as governor had expired. He was the Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives from the now defunct Eighth Congressional District, based in central Louisiana. This was redistricted after population changed.
Long was born in Winnfield, the seat of Winn Parish in north central Louisiana to Huey Pierce Long, Sr. (1852–1937), and the former Caledonia Palestine Tyson (1860–1913), a native of neighboring Grant Parish. He was the younger brother of U.S. Representative George Shannon "Doc" Long and Governor and U.S. Senator Huey Pierce Long, Jr.
Their younger sister was Lucille (1898–1985), who married John S. Hunt II of Ruston, the seat of Lincoln Parish in north Louisiana. Their son John S. Hunt, III, was Louisiana Public Service Commissioner from Monroe.
Long attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where his college roommate was John Jones Doles, Sr., a future state senator from Plain Dealing in northern Bossier Parish. Long graduated from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law...
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