Alvin Olin King

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Alvin Olin King
41st Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 25, 1932 – May 10, 1932
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Huey P. Long
Succeeded by Oscar K. Allen
34th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
Governor Huey P. Long
Preceded by Paul N. Cyr
Succeeded by John B. Fournet
Member of the Louisiana Senate
Personal details
Born June 21, 1890
Leoti, Wichita County
Kansas, USA
Died February 21, 1958 (aged 67)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Education Tulane University (BA, LLB)
Profession Lawyer

Alvin Olin King (June 21, 1890 – February 21, 1958) was an American politician allied with the Democratic faction of Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr.

King was born in Leoti in Wichita County in western Kansas – not to be confused with the city of Wichita in southern Kansas. He attended Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and began the practice of law. King was elected to the Louisiana State Senate from Calcasieu Parish in the southwestern part of the state and rose to President Pro Tempore of that body. When Huey Long, vacated the governorship for a seat in the United States Senate, King replaced him as governor for the three and a half months remaining in 1932 in Long's elected term.

During his brief tenure, he called for a reduction in highway spending, since the Great Depression made it difficult to finance bonds at an acceptable rate. This was also during the time of construction of the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish. Signs above the roadway entrance to the bridge proclaim that it was built during the administrations of Huey Long and Oscar K. Allen; no mention is made of King's tenure.

King had succeeded Paul N. Cyr of Jeanerette as lieutenant governor after Cyr attempted in 1931 to take the oath of office as governor when Long did not leave for Washington, D.C., to assume the U.S. Senate seat to which Long had been elected in 1930.

After leaving office, King reverted to his legal profession.

Before his death in Lake Charles, King had become president of the Louisiana Bar Association. He was a Methodist.


"Alvin Olin King 1932", State of Louisiana - Biography.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul N. Cyr
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
Succeeded by
John B. Fournet
Preceded by
Huey Pierce Long, Jr.
Governor of Louisiana
January 25, 1932 – May 10, 1932
Succeeded by
Oscar K. Allen