Alvin Olin King

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Alvin Olin King

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Leoti, KS, USA
Death: February 21, 1958 (67)
Lake Charles, LA, USA
Place of Burial: Lake Charles, LA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Merritt King and Elizabeth Thomson King
Husband of Willie Lee King
Father of Voris King and Alvin Olin King, Jr.

Occupation: 42nd governor of Louisiana, Lake Charles City Attorney, State Senator and Lt. Governor, President of the Louisiana Bar
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About Alvin Olin King

Alvin O. King became Governor as a result of a political controversy between Huey Long and Dr. Paul Cyr. After Long was elected to the U. S. Senate, Cyr, the Lt. Governor, declared Long's office vacant and proclaimed himself Governor. Long successfully argued that Cyr's actions were illegal and that King as President Pro-Tempore of the State Senate should become Lt. Governor. After Long's slate of candidates won election in January, 1932, Huey took his U. S. Senate seat and King became Governor.

During his five months in office, King called for reduced spending on highways because the state could not sell highway bonds at an acceptable interest rate because of the failing national bond market. Long, however, was the true power and King simply handled routine matters until the Kingfish's candidate, 0. K. Allen could take office.

King provided a short period of stability during years of political turmoil. He returned to his law practice in Lake Charles where he died in 1958.

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Alvin Olin King's Timeline

June 21, 1890
Leoti, KS, USA
January 20, 1917
Age 26
Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States
January 25, 1923
Age 32
February 21, 1958
Age 67
Lake Charles, LA, USA
Lakle Charles, Louisiana, United States
Parsons Business College
Tulane Law School
Lake Charles, LA, USA