Huey Long first came to national attention as governor of Louisiana in 1928 and U.S. Senator in 1930. He ruled Louisiana as a virtual dictator, but he also initiated massive public works programs, improved public education and public health, and even established some restrictions on corporate power in the state.
Huey P Long was a colorful character, and one whose story I sort of knew but didn't really, so when Nick mentioned him in a comment on Louisiana's politics, I decided to go look him up. I really liked that "established some restrictions on corporate power" when I read it, so I took a few minutes to listen to the speech. Turns out the guy was, among other sorta kinda neo-Marxist leanings, an even more ardent redistributionist than I am. Way cool.