James A. Noe

James Albert Noe Sr. (December 21, 1890 – October 18, 1976) was an American businessman and politician from Louisiana, who briefly served as the 43rd Governor of Louisiana following the death of Oscar K. Allen in 1936.

James A. Noe
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43rd Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 28, 1936 – May 12, 1936
Preceded byOscar K. Allen
Succeeded byRichard W. Leche
37th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
GovernorOscar K. Allen
Preceded byThomas C. Wingate
Succeeded byEarl K. Long
Member of the Louisiana Senate
Personal details
James Albert Noe

(1890-12-21)December 21, 1890
Evans Landing, Indiana, U.S.
DiedOctober 18, 1976(1976-10-18) (aged 85)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Resting placeEmma Lee Short Memorial Chapel Mausoleum of Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Anna Gray Sweeney Noe (married 1922–1972, her death)
  • Gay Noe
  • James A. Noe Jr.
  • Linda McRae Noe
Residence(s)Monroe, Ouachita Parish
Alma materPublic schools
ProfessionBroadcaster; Farmer; Oilman
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
RankFirst Lieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War I

Noe was born on December 21, 1890 near West Point, Kentucky. He made his fortune in oil and ran for the Louisiana State Senate at the request of Huey Long. He was chosen as president pro tempore of the Senate and succeeded to the governorship to finish out Allen's term since the lieutenant governor had been elected to the state Supreme Court.

During his brief term in office, he appointed Huey Long's widow, Rose McConnell Long, to fill his seat in the U.S. Senate. He also worked on getting federal money for state highways and establishing a state welfare office.

Noe ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1940 and 1959 but had more success in his business ventures. Following his governorship, Noe founded WNOE in New Orleans, Louisiana and KNOE in Monroe, Louisiana, both named in his honor.

Noe died in Houston, Texas on October 18, 1976 from complications from a heart condition. His son, James A. Noe, Jr., succeeded him in running the family-owned radio and television stations.



  • 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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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas C. Wingate
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Louisiana
January 28, 1936-May 12, 1936
Succeeded by