Governor of Louisiana

Governor of the State of Louisiana
Seal of Louisiana
Style
The Honorable
Residence Louisiana Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, renewable once but eligible again after four-year respite
Formation Louisiana Constitution
Number of Governors of Louisiana by party affiliation[1]
Party Governors
Democratic 41
Republican 11
Democratic-Republican 3
Whig 3
National Republican 5

This is a list of the governors of Louisiana, from acquisition by the United States in 1803 to the present day; for earlier governors of Louisiana see List of colonial governors of Louisiana.

Colonial period (French and Spanish governors)

For the first 24 Governors of Louisiana, under French and Spanish administration, see: List of colonial governors of Louisiana

United States territorial period

Note: from 1804 to 1812, what would later become the State of Louisiana was known as the "Territory of Orleans". The contemporary "Louisiana Territory" was to the north, and did not include modern Louisiana.

No. Governor Took Office Left Office
25th total; 1st under US control William C. C. Claiborne December 20, 1803 April 30, 1812

First period of U.S. statehood

# Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes Lieutenant Governor
1 William Charles Cole (W. C. C.) Claiborne April 30, 1812 December 16, 1816 Democratic-Republican None
2 Jacques Phillippe Villeré December 16, 1816 December 18, 1820 Democratic-Republican None
3 Thomas Bolling Robertson December 18, 1820 November 15, 1824 Democratic-Republican [2] None
4 Henry Schuyler Thibodaux November 15, 1824 December 13, 1824 National Republican [3] None
5 Henry Johnson December 13, 1824 December 15, 1828 National Republican None
6 Pierre Derbigny December 15, 1828 October 6, 1829 National Republican [4] None
7 Armand Julie Beauvais October 6, 1829 January 14, 1830 National Republican [5] None
8 Jacques Dupré January 14, 1830 January 31, 1831 National Republican [3] None
9 André Bienvenue Roman January 31, 1831 February 4, 1835 Whig None
10 Edward Douglass White Sr. February 4, 1835 February 4, 1839 Whig None
André Bienvenue Roman February 4, 1839 January 30, 1843 Whig None
11 Alexandre Mouton January 30, 1843 February 12, 1846 Democratic None
12 Isaac Johnson February 12, 1846 January 28, 1850 Democratic Trasimond Landry (Whig)
13 Joseph Marshall Walker January 28, 1850 January 18, 1853 Democratic Jean Baptiste Plauché (Independent)
14 Paul Octave Hébert January 18, 1853 January 22, 1856 Democratic William Wood Farmer (Democratic) 1853-1854
Robert C. Wickliffe (Democratic) 1854-1856
15 Robert Charles Wickliffe January 22, 1856 January 23, 1860 Democratic Charles Homer Mouton (Democratic) 1856
William F. Griffin (Democratic) 1856-1860
16 Thomas Overton Moore January 23, 1860 April 24, 1862 Democratic Henry M. Hyams

Civil War Era

Governors of Confederate-held territory in Louisiana

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes Lieutenant Governor
1 (CSA) Thomas Overton Moore April 24, 1862 January 25, 1864 Democratic Henry M. Hyams (Democratic)
17 (2 CSA) Henry Watkins Allen January 25, 1864 June 2, 1865 Democratic [6] Benjamin W. Pearce (Democratic)

Governors of Union-held territory in Louisiana

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes Lieutenant Governor
18 (USA) George Foster Shepley July 2, 1862 March 4, 1864 Military vacant
19 (USA) Michael Hahn March 4, 1864 March 4, 1865 Republican [7] James Madison Wells (Republican)

Reconstruction Era (Governors subordinate to U.S. military rule)

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes Lieutenant Governor
20 James Madison Wells March 4, 1865 June 3, 1867[8] Republican [9][10] Albert Voorhies (Republican)
21 Benjamin Franklin Flanders June 8, 1867[11] January 8, 1868 Republican [12][13] None
22 Joshua Baker January 8, 1868 June 27, 1868 Democratic (Unionist) [12][14] None

Post-Reconstruction

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes Lieutenant Governor
23 Henry Clay Warmoth June 27, 1868 December 9, 1872 Republican [15] Oscar J. Dunn (Republican) 1868-1872
P. B. S. Pinchback (Republican) 1872-1873
24 P. B. S. Pinchback December 29, 1872 January 13, 1873 Republican [9] vacant
25 John McEnery January 13, 1873 May 22, 1873 Democratic; Liberal Republican [16] Davidson B. Penn (Democratic; Liberal Republican)
26 William Pitt Kellogg January 13, 1873 January 8, 1877 Republican [16] C.C. Antoine (Republican)
27* Stephen B. Packard January 8, 1877 April 24, 1877 Republican [17] C.C. Antoine (Republican)
28 Francis Tillou Nicholls January 8, 1877 January 14, 1880 Democratic [18] Louis A. Wiltz (Democratic)
29 Louis Alfred Wiltz January 14, 1880 October 16, 1881 Democratic [4] Samuel D. McEnery (Democratic)
30 Samuel Douglas McEnery October 16, 1881 May 20, 1888 Democratic [19] W.A. Robertson (Democratic) 1881
George L. Walton (Democratic) 1881-1884
Clay Knobloch (Democratic) 1884-1888
Francis Tillou Nicholls May 20, 1888 May 10, 1892 Democratic James Jeffries (Democratic)
31 Murphy James Foster, Sr. May 10, 1892 May 8, 1900 Democratic [20] Charles Parlange (Democratic) 1892-1894
Hiram R. Lott (Democratic) 1894-1896
Robert H. Snyder (Democratic) 1896-1900
32 William Wright (W. W.) Heard May 8, 1900 May 10, 1904 Democratic Albert Estopinal (Democratic)
33 Newton Crain Blanchard May 10, 1904 May 12, 1908 Democratic Jared Y. Sanders, Sr. (Democratic)
34 Jared Young Sanders, Sr. May 12, 1908 May 14, 1912 Democratic [21] Paul M. Lambremont (Democratic)
35 Luther Egbert Hall May 14, 1912 May 9, 1916 Democratic Thomas C. Barrett (Democratic)
36 Ruffin Golson Pleasant May 9, 1916 May 11, 1920 Democratic Fernand Mouton (Democratic)
37 John Milliken Parker May 11, 1920 May 13, 1924 Democratic Hewitt Bouanchaud (Democratic) 1920-1924
Delos R. Johnson (Democratic) 1924
38 Henry Luse Fuqua May 13, 1924 October 11, 1926 Democratic [4] Oramel H. Simpson (Democratic)
39 Oramel Hinckley Simpson October 11, 1926 May 21, 1928 Democratic [9] Philip H. Gilbert (Democratic)
40 Huey Pierce Long May 21, 1928 January 25, 1932 Democratic [22][23] Paul N. Cyr (Democratic) 1928-1931
Alvin O. King (Democratic) 1931-1932
41 Alvin Olin King January 25, 1932 May 10, 1932 Democratic [9][24] None
42 Oscar Kelly (O.K.) Allen May 10, 1932 January 28, 1936 Democratic [4] John B. Fournet (Democratic) 1932-1935
Thomas C. Wingate (Democratic) 1935
James A. Noe (Democratic) 1935-1936
43 James Albert Noe January 28, 1936 May 12, 1936 Democratic [9] vacant
44 Richard Webster Leche May 12, 1936 June 26, 1939 Democratic [25] Earl K. Long (Democratic)
45 Earl Kemp Long June 26, 1939 May 14, 1940 Democratic [9] Coleman Lindsey (Democratic)
46 Sam Houston Jones May 14, 1940 May 9, 1944 Democratic Marc M. Mouton (Democratic)
47 James Houston (Jimmie) Davis May 9, 1944 May 11, 1948 Democratic J. Emile Verret (Democratic)
Earl Kemp Long May 11, 1948 May 13, 1952 Democratic William J. "Bill" Dodd (Democratic)
48 Robert Floyd (Bob) Kennon May 13, 1952 May 8, 1956 Democratic C. E. "Cap" Barham (Democratic)
Earl Kemp Long May 8, 1956 May 10, 1960 Democratic Lether Frazar (Democratic)
James Houston (Jimmie) Davis May 10, 1960 May 12, 1964 Democratic C. C. "Taddy" Aycock (Democratic)
49 John Julian McKeithen 100px May 12, 1964 May 2, 1972 Democratic [26] C. C. "Taddy" Aycock (Democratic)
50 Edwin Washington Edwards May 9, 1972 March 10, 1980 Democratic James E. "Jimmy" Fitzmorris (Democratic)
51 David Conner (Dave) Treen March 10, 1980 March 12, 1984 Republican Robert "Bobby" Freeman (Democratic)
Edwin Washington Edwards March 12, 1984 March 14, 1988 Democratic Robert "Bobby" Freeman (Democratic)
52 Charles Elson (Buddy) Roemer III March 14, 1988 August 1991 Democratic Paul Hardy (Republican)
Charles Elson (Buddy) Roemer III August 1991 January 13, 1992 Republican [27] Paul Hardy (Republican)
Edwin Washington Edwards January 13, 1992 January 8, 1996 Democratic Melinda Schwegmann (Democratic)
53 Murphy James (Mike) Foster, Jr. January 8, 1996 January 12, 2004 Republican Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (Democratic)
54 Kathleen Babineaux Blanco January 12, 2004 January 14, 2008 Democratic Mitchell "Mitch" Landrieu (Democratic)
55[28] Bobby Jindal January 14, 2008 Incumbent Republican Mitchell "Mitch" Landrieu (Democratic) 2008-2010
Scott Angelle (Republican) 2010
John "Jay" Dardenne (Republican) 2010–Present

Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional, other governorships, and other federal offices held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Louisiana except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Name Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
William Charles Cole Claiborne 1803–1816 S U.S. Representative from Tennessee, Governor of Mississippi Territory
Thomas B. Robertson 1820–1824 H
Henry Johnson 1824–1828 H S
Edward Douglass White Sr. 1835–1839 H
Alexandre Mouton 1843–1846 S
Robert C. Wickliffe 1856–1860 Louisiana Lieutenant Governor, Elected U.S. Representative but was refused his seat
Michael Hahn 1864–1865 H Elected U.S. Senator* but was refused his seat
Benjamin Flanders 1870–1872 H
P. B. S. Pinchback 1872–1873 Acting Lieutenant Governor, Elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate but was refused his seat.[29]
William P. Kellogg 1873–1877 H S
Samuel D. McEnery 1881–1888 S Louisiana Lieutenant Governor
Murphy J. Foster 1892–1900 S
Newton C. Blanchard 1904–1908 H S
Jared Y. Sanders, Sr. 1908–1912 H Louisiana Lieutenant Governor, Elected U.S. Senator but denied the seat, preferring to stay governor
Huey Pierce Long 1928–1932 S* Elected to the Senate in 1930, but did not take the seat until the election of his hand-picked successor was ensured
Edwin W. Edwards 1972–1980, 1984–1988, 1992–1996 H
David C. Treen 1980–1984 H
Buddy Roemer 1988–1992 H
Kathleen Blanco 2004–2008 Louisiana Lieutenant Governor (1996–2004)
Bobby Jindal 2008–Present H

Living former governors

As of October 2012, four former governors were alive, the oldest being Edwin W. Edwards (1972–1980, 1984–1988, 1992–1996, born 1927). The most recent governor, and also the most recently serving governor, to die was David C. Treen (1980–1984), on October 29, 2009.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Edwin W. Edwards 1972–1980, 1984–1988, 1992–1996 (1927-08-07) August 7, 1927 (age 86)
Buddy Roemer 1988–1992 (1943-10-04) October 4, 1943 (age 70)
Murphy J. Foster, Jr. 1996–2004 (1930-07-11) July 11, 1930 (age 84)
Kathleen Blanco 2004–2008 (1942-12-15) December 15, 1942 (age 71)

Notes

External links

  • Louisiana Secretary of State website
  • Cemetery Memorials by La-Cemeteries

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