Huey’s Long Filibuster

Huey Long filibustered for 15 hours and 30 minutes on this day in 1935. As he held the Senate floor, he read the entirety of the US Constitution, offering detailed analysis on each section, and then turned to reading out Shakespeare, among other things. 

Wolfram|Alpha calculates that he could speak roughly 139,500 words in that time, which means he could comfortably have gotten through the following:

Huey’s efforts to retain his stranglehold over Louisiana failed that day, and his power would come to a permanent end that year as he was assassinated in Baton Rouge by a political enemy. 

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    The amount of filibustering in the US never fails to amaze me. Where is a cloture when you need one?! Although Huey Long...
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