In 1924, Calvin Coolidge presided over a prosperous nation with records highs on Wall Street. The optimism, elegance and excess of the times would inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald to write The Great Gatsby and George Gershwin to compose Rhapsody in Blue.
That year, the chairman of the Louisiana Railroad Commission finished third in the gubernatorial race–but Huey P. Long knew his political career was far from over. And not far from where newly elected Gov. Henry L. Fuqua was sworn into office, Hannis T. Bourgeois opened a small CPA firm in Baton Rouge.