Numa Francois Montet, 93, a former U.S. representative who was a one-time ally of Huey (Kingfish) Long but later joined his opponents, died of pneumonia Oct. 12 in Thibodaux, La.
Mr. Montet served in the Louisiana legislature from 1916 to 1920 and represented the 3rd Congressional District from 1929 to 1937. After losing his race for renomination in 1936, he practiced law in Thibodaux until retiring in 1967.
He had served as general counsel of the state highway commission before entering the House as an ally of Huey Long. He and Long had a falling out following Long's move from the governor's mansion to the U.S. Senate in 1932.
Mr. Montet was one of a half-dozen Louisiana congressmen who bucked Long in 1935 by giving their allegiance to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in writing. By that time, Long had cooled on Roosevelt as the national leader of the Democratic Party and had begun talking of running for president against him in 1936.
Mr. Montet was one of the political leaders at the 1935 state Democratic caucus at which loyalist Democrats attempted to pick a slate of state officers to oppose the Long ticket and support Roosevelt for reelection as president.
Mr. Montet was a graduate of the old Louisiana State Normal College in Natchitoches and earned a law degree at Tulane University in 1913. Admitted to the bar later that year, he served as secretary-treasurer and then city attorney of his native Thibodaux before entering the state house.
Survivors include two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.