LOUISIANA: Bitin' Man

Highways to everywhere, dental work for everybody, pensions for the old folks and bonuses for veterans—all this and more Earl Long promised the citizens of Louisiana if they would elect him governor. "Welcome" would be written over the capital door. "The governor gets his house free, and his groceries and everything free," Earl proclaimed, "and I want you all to come up to the mansion and have a cup of coffee. You might as well, because you'll be paying for it anyhow."

The late Huey's brother sounded almost as good as the Kingfish...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!