Huey Long Accuses My Grandfather of Eating His Breakfast – Part 1

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Earl Long learned his trade from his older brother, Huey Long, one of great masters of the art of politics in American history. Huey was also a power-mad schemer without scruples, a scoundrel, a crook, a demagogue of the worst sort and a liar on a colossal scale. While Governor of Louisiana (1928 to 1932) he ran roughshod over the laws and constitution of the state.

My grandfather was an investment banker in New York and had dealings with Huey Long when Long was Governor of Louisiana and later Senator from Louisiana. Although my grandfather was a successful banker in New York, he grew up in Arkansas so it would have been natural for someone to have introduced the two men.

My Grandfather was Charles S McCain and I am named for him since my name is Charles L McCain. (My novel is by ‘Charles McCain’ because ‘L’ would not fit on the cover of the book.) My mother was going to name me Thomas but Grandfather was very ill at the time and the family told him I was being named for him and they were going to call me “Charlie” as his friends called him (and as my friends call me).

There isn’t a lot of imagination in my family for names since my uncle is Charles S McCain, Jr. My late father was William S. McCain. My older brother is William S. McCain, Jr. My uncle’s father, as mentioned, was Charles S McCain, his father was William McCain — as was his father.

Senator Huey Long of Louisiana. To his left is O.K. Allen who was Long’s hand picked successor as Governer after Long’s term expired in 1932. Since he was elected to the US Senate in 1930, Huey served as both Governor of Louisiana and US Senator from Louisiana at the same time. O.K. Allen was such a flunky it was said that if a leaf blew in from outside and landed on his desk, he would sign it.

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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