Today In History- September 8

Today In History- September 8


US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed "Kingfish," is fatally shot in the Louisiana capitol building.

Louisiana senator assassinated at capitol.

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Following a controversial plan for redistribution of American wealth, on September 8, 1935, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was assassinated in Baton Rouge.  His plan for lessening the effects of the Great Depression saw increased taxes on the wealthy, and rebuilding of the poverty-stricken classes.  He was seen as immensely popular for his social reforms, though viewed as often dictatorial for his control of Louisiana state government while he served as Governor.  He was assassinated during the climax of his popularity, and before had supported President Roosevelt for his bid for reelection.

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