Huey Long, Governor of Louisiana and U.S. senator, was a charismatic and polarizing figure known as the “Kingfish.” Although lionized by supporters, his radical populist expansion of public works projects was laced with abuse of power and corruption. ¬†Promising major redistribution of wealth during the Great Depression in order to make “every man a king,” he was preparing to challenge FDR in the election of 1936 when he was gunned down by the son-in-law of a judge he was trying to remove from the bench.