Rose McConnell Long

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Rose McConnell Long
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
January 31, 1936 – January 3, 1937
Appointed by James A. Noe
Preceded by Huey P. Long
Succeeded by Allen J. Ellender
Personal details
Born Rose McConnell
(1892-04-08)April 8, 1892
Greensburg, Indiana
Died May 27, 1970(1970-05-27) (aged 78)
Boulder, Colorado
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Huey P. Long (widowed)

Rose McConnell Long McFarland (1917-2006)
Russell B. Long (1918-2003)

Palmer Reid Long (1921-2010)

Rose McConnell Long (April 8, 1892 – May 27, 1970) was a United States Senator and the wife of Huey Long. She was Louisiana's first female senator.

Life and work[edit]

Long was born in Greensburg, Indiana. She met Huey Long after she won a cake baking contest that he had organized. Rose and Huey were married in 1913. After Huey's death in 1935, Rose was appointed to serve in the United States Senate. Rose won a special election on April 21, 1936, to serve the remaining months of her husband's term, but she declined to run for re-election to a six-year term in November 1936. Because Hattie Caraway was already serving in the Senate at the time of Rose's election, it represented the first time that two women served simultaneously in that body.

She was the mother of Senator Russell B. Long as well as Rose Lolita Long McFarland of Boulder, Colorado, and Palmer Reid Long of Shreveport, Louisiana.

She was portrayed in the television movie Kingfish: A Story of Huey Long by Ann Dowd.

On February 1, 2014, Mrs. Long, along with her nephew by marriage, John S. Hunt, III, was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. Six others were honored as well, including her son's press-secretary, Robert "Bob" Mann.[1]


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United States Senate
Preceded by
Huey P. Long
US Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
Succeeded by
Allen J. Ellender