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James Albert Noe, Sr. (Dec. 21, 1890 - Oct. 18, 1976)


James A. Noe, Sr.   Our "Governor Noe" Collection consists of correspondence files,        
    letters sent/received, personal letters, and writings/correspondence
    from KNOE, and more.

   Index to the Collection

   Available in Microsoft Excel (.xls) 

  The Louisiana Secretary of State/Louisiana Gov.
   (pg. 63), wrote:

   James A. Noe, a wealthy independent oil man, ran for the State Senate  
   at the request of Huey Long. He won, became a Long floor leader and was
   chosen by his colleagues to be President Pro Tempore of the Senate. In
   1936, Governor Allen died in office. Without a Lieutenant Governor to
   succeed Allen, Noe became Governor for the five month interim period
   before Richard Leche took office.

   Noe appointed Huey's widow, Rose McConnell Long, to complete Long's
   U. S. Senate term. He completed necessary Federal paperwork to receive 
   $6 million for state highways and began the process of establishing a 
   state public welfare office under the national Social Security Act.

  Noe later ran for governor twice--in 1940 and in 1959. He was more 
  successful in his business interests, founding two radio stations and one 
  television station and promoting the growth of his oil business which
  helped support his philanthropy.

   His split with Longite Governor Richard Leche paved the way for the "Louisiana Scandals" which broke the political
   grip of the Long faction in Louisiana in 1940.

Noe died in Texas in 1976.