History of Winnfield

City Of Winnfield

The Birthplace of Politics in Louisiana

When people think of Louisiana, New Orleans and its Mardi Gras strike the mind first. Many even think of the Cajuns and their food, while others might ponder Louisiana’s famous politicians. And when they think about Louisiana politics, what comes to mind? Well, Winnfield, of course! (And if it doesn’t – it should!) You see, Winnfield is the birthplace of politics in Louisiana, for it is the home of three governors – Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long, and Oscar K. Allen.

City Of Winnfield

Huey P. Long

Huey P. Long, also known as the Kingfish, was born in 1893. He began his career as an elected Railroad Commissioner in 1918. He served as Governor from 1928 until 1932 and went on to become a United States Senator. Huey Long was Governor and Senator at the same time. He is credited as the originator of the populist movement with the creed “Every Man a King,” also known as his “Share the Wealth” plan. Many feel that he would have challenged Franklin F. Roosevelt for the White House. Huey P. Long was assassinated in 1935 at the state capitol that he is credited with building.

City Of Winnfield

Oscar K. Allen

Born in 1882 and elected governor in 1932, Oscar K. Allen, “O.K.” as he was known, loaned Huey P. Long .$500 to finance Long’s first political campaign in 1921. Allen served as Chairman of the Louisiana Highway Commission and was elected to the State Senate in 1928. Allen was elected to the United States Senate after the death of Huey P. Long but died before taking office.

City Of Winnfield

Earl K. Long

Earl K. Long, Huey’s brother, was born in 1895. He is recorded as holding more state jobs than any other Louisiana native. “Uncle Earl,” as he was better known, was elected governor in 1939, 1948, and again in 1958. He was elected to the United States Congress in 1960 but died ten days after his victory.

Earl was known for his down-home ways and for his love of hog hunting. The annual Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials are held the fourth weekend of March in Winnfield. This is the largest Hog Dog competition in the world.

Mayor George Moss

Mayor’s Message

Thank you for your interest in Winnfield. I hope you will visit our City, or better yet, move here and become part of our community. Winnfield is located in the north-central part of our state, surrounded by beautiful pine forests and cypress-lined bayous and streams.

Winnfield is the home of three Louisiana Governors: Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long, and Oscar K. Allen. Because of our rich political history, the Louisiana Political Museum is located in downtown Winnfield on Main Street and honors many of our state’s political leaders, past and present. A short distance from the museum is the Earl K. Long Park, located on Maple Street, where Governor Earl K. Long is buried.

Because our City is located in the heart of the Kisatchie National Forest, there are many outdoor recreational opportunities to enjoy within a short drive. This area offers some of the best whitetail deer hunting in the state.

If you are a business owner looking to expand, relocate, or start a business, come to Winnfield. We are open to new business and will partner with you to make your business successful. With the Huey P. Long Technical College located here, we have a facility for preparing and training your workforce.

Winnfield has a nationally accredited school system, a strong faith community, excellent medical facilities, a local airport, and a golf course. All of these amenities make Winnfield a great place to live, work, or retire. Please come visit us and see for yourself what Winnfield has to offer.