On September 8, 1935, Senator Huey P. Long of Louisiana was assassinated at the State Capitol. At the time, Long was actively trying to pass “House Bill Number One,” a redistricting plan that would also ensure the removal of Judge Henry Pavey, one of Long’s many opponents. At 9:20 pm Pavey’s son-in-law, Dr. Carl Weiss, is reported to have fired a handgun at Long, fatally striking him in the abdomen. Long died 2 days later while being treated at a local hospital. He was a controversial political figure best remembered for his “Share Our Wealth” program and “Every Man a King” campaign slogan.
Opening History brings together photographs, broadsides, speeches, newspaper articles and campaign memorabilia related to Senator Huey Long. The above image is drawn from the LOUISiana Digital Library’s Charles L. Franck and Franck-Bertacci Collection and complements the Huey P. Long Collection and the Huey P. Long Photograph Album, 1928-1935.