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Carl Austin Weiss (December 6, 1906 &ndash; September 8, 1935) was a young Baton Rouge, Louisiana physician who assassinated U.S. Senator Huey Pierce Long, Jr. on September 8, 1935.

Baton Rouge doctor

Weiss was born in Baton Rouge to Carl Adam Weiss and Viola Maine. He was educated in local schools and graduated as the valedictorian of Catholic High School . He then obtained his bachelor's degree in 1925 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He did postgraduate work in Vienna, Austria, and was thereafter awarded internships in Vienna and at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In 1932, he returned to Baton Rouge to enter private practice with his father. He was president of the Louisiana Medical Society in 1933 and a member of the Kiwanis Club (Conrad 1988, 2:831).

The Pavy-Opelousas connection

In 1933, Weiss married Yvonne Louise Pavy of Opelousas, Louisiana, the seat of St. Landry Parish. The couple had one son, Carl Austin Weiss, Jr. (born 1934). Pavy was the daughter of Judge Benjamin Henry Pavy (1874–1943) and Ida Veazie (died 1941). Judge Pavy was part of the anti-Long political faction. Judge Pavy's brother Felix Octave Pavy, Sr. (died 1962), an Opelousas physician, had run for lieutenant governor in 1928 on an intraparty ticket opposite the Long slate. Felix Pavy was defeated for lieutenant governor by Paul N. Cyr of Iberia Parish, who thereafter turned against Long.

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