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James Albert Noe Sr. (December 21, 1890 October 18, 1976) of Monroemarker served for three and a half months as a Democratic Governor of Louisiana after the death of Oscar K. Allen on January 28, 1936.

Noe was born in tiny Evans Landing in Harrison Countymarker, Indianamarker, to John M. Noe and the former Belle McRae. He also lived in the area of West Point, Kentuckymarker, as a child. His education was limited to county schools. However, in 1971, he received an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroemarker, then known as Northeast Louisiana University, to commemorate his liftetime achievements. He served in World War I as a first lieutenant with the 369th Infantry in Francemarker. He relocated to Louisiana and garnered a fortune as an independent oilman, both as producer and overriding royalty owner in Louisianamarker, Texasmarker, and Arkansasmarker.

Noe was elected to the state Senate, District 29 (Ouachitamarker and Jacksonmarker parishes). He became a legislative floor leader at the request of Governor Huey P. Long, Jr. He was chosen president pro tempore of the state Senate and succeeded to the governorship to finish out Allen's term because the sitting lieutenant governor, John B. Fournet, had resigned on his election to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

During Noe's brief tenure, he appointed Huey Long's widow, Rose McConnell Long, to finish Long's seat in the U.S. Senate. He also worked toward getting federal money for state highways and establishing a state welfare office. Noe thereafter returned to the state Senate and served until 1940, when he launched his own gubernatorial bid.

In 1940, both he and sitting Governor Earl Kemp Long lost to Sam Houston Jones of Lake Charlesmarker in the pivotal Democratic primary. Noe and Earl Long later buried their differences. In 1959, Noe and Long ran as an intraparty "ticket" for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. The Noe-Long combination was soundly repudiated by the state's Democratic voters, who instead brought back the administration of James Houston "Jimmie" Davis, who first served from 1944-1948. Noe finished fourth in the 1959 gubernatorial primary with 97,654 votes (11.6 percent). He lost out to conservative former state House Speaker Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock of Franklinmarker, the seat of St. Mary Parish in south Louisiana.

Noe had much more success in his business ventures than he had in politics. Following his governorship, Noe founded both WNOEmarker and WNOE-FM in New Orleansmarker and KNOE, KNOE-FMmarker, and KNOE-TVmarker in Monroe, all named in his honor. He often presented conservative editorials through his radio and television stations and was particularly critical of the nation's "left-turn" in the 1960s. KNOE-AM broadcast the news report of the legendary Paul Harvey news , whom Noe brought to Monroe for a public appearance. Noe also owned and operated farms in his native Indiana, his adopted Ouachita Parish, most notably the Whitehall Plantation, and in rural Tensas Parish adjacent to the Mississippi River.

On May 7, 1922, Noe married the former Anna Gray Sweeney (1901-1972). Their children were Gay Noe (born 1923), James Albert "Jimmy" Noe, Jr. (1928-2005), and Linda McRae Noe (born 1936).

Jimmy Noe, a prominent New Orleans businessman, succeeded his father in running the family-owned radio and television stations. Noe, Jr., turned Republican and supported the GOP gubernatorial nominee David C. Treen in 1972 and was an alternate delegate later in the year to the Republican National Convention that met in Miami Beachmarker to renominate the Nixon-Agnew ticket.

Noe died in Houstonmarker, from complications from a heart condition and is buried alongside his wife in Monroe.

External links


Davis, Edwin Adams (1961). Louisiana: The Pelican State. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. LCCN 59:9008.

"James Albert Noe," A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, Vol. 2 (1988), p. 607.

Who's Who in America, 1976-77

Miriam G. Reeves, The Governors of Louisiana

James A. Noe obituary, New Orleans Times-Picayune, October 19, 1976

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