Historical Marker: Site of the Weiss House
The Weiss House was once the small cottage home of Carl Weiss, the man who, according to the official story, shot prominent Louisiana political figure Huey Long (1893-1935) on September 8, 1935. Long died two days later after surgery failed to save his life; he was only 42 years old. Weiss was the son-in-law of judge Benjamin Pavy, who was one of Long's numerous political opponents. A few months earlier Long accused Weiss' wife of being mixed race and even fired her uncle from his job as a principal and sister from her job as a teacher. In retaliation, the story goes, Weiss decided to take revenge on Long. The house was demolished in 1970.
Backstory and Context
Phelan, Ben. "Huey Long's Life and Legacy." PBS. February 24, 2014. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/fts/batonrouge_201306A24.html.