Louisiana Governors from 1877-Present Set 2

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Louisiana Governors from 1877-Present Set 1

Louisiana Governors from 1877-Present

William Charles Cole Claiborne

• Governor of Louisiana 1812 through 1816
• United States politician
• Born 1775 Sussex County, Virginia
• Political party Democratic Republican
• Alma mater College of William & Mary
• Religion Protestant
• Died November 23, 1817
• New Orleans, Louisiana

Jacques Villeré
• Governor of Louisiana 1816 – 1820
• Born April 28, 1761 in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana
• Died March 7, 1830 - Saint Bernard Parish
• He was the first Creole and the first native of Louisiana to attain that office.
• Louisiana Political party Democratic Republican
• Religion Catholic participated in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, commanding the First Division of the Louisiana Militia

Thomas B. Robertson
• Governor of Louisiana 1820 – 1824
• Born February 27, 1779-Petersburg, Virginia
• Died October 5, 1828 (aged 49) White Sulphur Springs, Virginia
• Political party Democratic Republican
• U. S. House of Representatives representing the state of Louisiana and Governor and Attorney General of Louisiana.
• Religion Episcopalian
• Resigned from office

Henry S. Thibodaux
• Governor of Louisiana 1824 – 1824
• Born 1769 in Albany, New York
• Died October 23, 1827 in Thibodaux, Louisiana
• Political party Democratic Republican
• Religion Catholic
• State Senator representing Lafourche Parish and was President of the State Senate in 1824 when Governor Thomas B. Robertson resigned to become a federal judge.
• The city of Thibodaux, Louisiana is named after Henry S. Thibodaux.

Henry Johnson
• Governor of Louisiana 1824 – 1828
• Born September 14, 1783 in Davidson County, Tennessee
• Died September 4, 1864 (aged 80) in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
• Political party Democratic Republican, Whig
• United States Representative and as a United States Senator. Religion Episcopalian

Pierre Derbigny
• Governor of Louisiana 1828–1829
• Born 1769 in Laon, France
• Political party Whig
• Religion Catholic
• Secretary of the Territorial Senate 1821-1828
• Died in office on October 6, 1829 in Gretna, Louisiana

Armand Beauvais
• Governor of Louisiana 1829 – 1830
• Born September 6, 1783 in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
• Died 1843 in New Orleans, Louisiana
• Political party Whig
• Religion Catholic
• Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives,
• Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives,
• President of the Louisiana Senate

Jacques Dupre
• Governor of Louisiana 1830 – 1831
• Born 1773 in New Orleans, Louisiana
• Louisiana State Representative, State Senator
• Political party Whig
• Spouse Theototse Roy
• Religion Catholic
• Military service Service-Louisiana Militia
• Rank: Major
• Unit: 16th Regiment
• Battles/Wars War of 1812
• Died September 14, 1846 in Opelousas, Louisiana

Andre B. Roman
• Governor of Louisiana
• Served two terms
– 1831 – 1835
– 1839 – 1843
• Born 1795 near Opelousas, Louisiana
• Political party Whig
• Religion Catholic
• Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives
• Died January 26, 1866 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Edward D. White Sr.
• Governor of Louisiana 1835 – 1839
• Born 1795 in Maury County, Tennessee
• Political party Whig
• Member of the United States House of Representatives
• Alma mater University of Nashville
• Religion Catholic
• Died April 18, 1847 in New Orleans, Louisiana


Alexander Mouton
• Governor of Louisiana 1843 – 1846
• Born 1804 in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
• Political party Democratic
• Alma mater Georgetown University
• Religion Catholic
• United States Senator
• His term was shortened by the Constitution of 1845.
• Died February 12, 1885 near Lafayette, Louisiana

Isaac Johnson
• Governor of Louisiana 1846 – 1850
• Born November 1, 1803 near St. Francisville, Louisiana
• Political party Democratic
• Attorney General of Louisiana
• Louisiana House of Representatives
• Judge in the 3rd Judicial Court
• Religion Episcopalian
• Died March 15, 1853 (aged 49) New Orleans, Louisiana


Joseph Marshall Walker
• Governor of Louisiana 1850 – 1853
• Born July 1, 1784 in New Orleans, Louisiana
• Served in the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette, Louisiana.
• Democrat
• Died March 20, 1856 (aged 71) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Paul Octave Hebert
• Governor of Louisiana 1853 – 1856
• Born December 12, 1818 in Plaquemine, Louisiana
• Attended West Point where he graduated at the top of his class in 1840
• Died August 29, 1880 (aged 61) in Bayou Goula, Louisiana
• Political party Democratic
• Religion Catholic
• General in the Confederate Army

Robert C. Wickliffe
• Governor of Louisiana 1856-1860
• Born January 6, 1819 in Bardstown, Kentucky
• Democrat
• Lieutenant Governor
• Alma mater
– St. Joseph College
– Augusta College
– Centre College
• Religion Presbyterian
• Chairman of the Commission on Public Education
• Died April 18, 1895 (aged 76) in Kentucky

Francis T. Nicholls
• Governor of Louisiana
• Served two terms
– 1876 - 1880
– 1888 - 1892
• Born August 20, 1834 in Donaldsonville, the seat of Ascension Parish,
• Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army during the U.S. Civil War
• Died January 4, 1912 on his Ridgefield Plantation near Thibodeaux.

Louis A. Wiltz
• Louisiana Governor 1880 – 1881
• Democrat
• Born October 22, 1843 in New Orleans
• Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
• Served in the U.S. Civil War and was in the Confederate States Army
• Died of tuberculosis while in office on October 16, 1881 in New Orleans.
• Lieutenant Governor Samuel D. McEnery, a fellow Democrat succeeded Wiltz.

Samuel D. McEnery
• Louisiana Governor
• Served as Governor of Louisiana 1881 until 1888,
• United States Senator from 1897 until 1910.
• Born May 28, 1837 in Monroe, Louisiana.
• McEnery served as a lieutenant in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.
• As Lt. Governor, he succeeded Governor Wiltz, and was then elected in 1884
• Died on June 10, 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Murphy J. Foster
• Louisiana Governor 1892–1900
• Democrat
• Born January 12, 1849 on a sugar plantation near Franklin, the seat of St. Mary Parish,
• State Senator
• U.S. Senator and later Collector of Customs at New Orleans
• His grandson, Murphy J. Foster, Jr., served as a Republican governor of the state from 1996 to 2004.
• Died June 21, 1921 on the Dixie Plantation near Franklin,


William W. Heard
• Louisiana Governor 1900 to 1904.
• Democrat
• Born April 28, 1853 near the rural community of Shiloh in Union Parish north of Ruston
• Education: Attended a local academy in Farmerville, Louisiana
• Accountant and State Senator
• Education was one of his major concerns for the residents of the state. As governor, he formed the first Louisiana State Board of Education.
• Religion Baptist
• Died June 1, 1926 and is buried in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans.


Newton C. Blanchard
• Louisiana Governor 1904-1908
• Born January 29, 1849 in Boyce, Louisiana (Rapides Parish)
• Democrat
• Religion Episcopalian
• Education: Louisiana State Seminary of Learning (LSU) and University of Louisiana (Tulane)
• Congressman, U.S. Senator and Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
• Died June 22, 1922 in Shreveport, Louisiana


Jared Y. Sanders Sr.
• Louisiana Governor May 12, 1908- May 14, 1912
• Democrat
• Born: January 29, 1869 near Morgan City, Louisiana
• Education: St. Charles Jesuit College and Tulane University Law School
• Speaker of the State House of Representatives and Lt. Governor
• U.S. Representative
• Died: March 23, 1944 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Luther E. Hall
• Louisiana Governor 1912 to 1916.
• Born August 30, 1869 in Bastrop, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion Methodist
• Education: Tulane University, Washington and Lee College (Virginia)
• State Senator and State Judge
• Assistant State Attorney General
• Died: November 6, 1921 in New Orleans

Ruffin G. Pleasant
• Louisiana Governor 1916-1920
• Born June 2, 1871 in Shiloh, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion Presbyterian
• Education: Ruston College, Mount Lebanon College, LSU (captain of the football team), Harvard University, Yale University
• State Attorney General
• Delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1921; active in political organizations and campaigns
• Died: September 12, 1937 in Shreveport

John M. Parker
• Louisiana Governor 1920–1924
• Born: March 16, 1863 in Washington, Louisiana
• Political Affiliation: Progressive and Democrat
• Religion : Presbyterian
• Education: Chamberlain Hunt Academy, Belle View Academy and Eastman's Business School
• President of the Cotton Exchange and New Orleans Board of Trade; Progressive Party candidate for Governor in 1916; nominated by the Progressives for Vice President in 1916
• Became leader of the Anti-Long Constitutional League
• Died: May 20, 1939 in Pass Christian, Mississippi and entombed in New Orleans

Henry L. Fuqua
• Louisiana Governor 1924-26
• Born: November 8, 1865 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion Episcopalian
Education: Magruder's Collegiate Institute and LSU
• Baton Rouge businessman
• Buried in General Manger of the Louisiana State Prison at Angola
Baton Rouge
• Died: October 11, 1926; while in office and is buried in Baton Rouge.
• Lieutenant Governor Oramel H. Simpson succeeded him.

Oramel H. Simpson
• Louisiana Governor 1926-28
• Born: March 20, 1870 in Washington, Louisiana
• Lt. Governor
• Succeeded upon the death of Fuqua in 1926
• Democrat
• Religion Methodist
• Education: Centenary College at Jackson and Tulane Law School
• Secretary of the Senate
• Died: November 17, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana from a heart seizure.

Huey Pierce Long, Jr.
• Louisiana Governor 1932-1935
• Born: August 30, 1893 in Winnfield, Louisiana
• Louisiana Governor Long resigned on January 25, 1932 to become a U.S. Senator.
• Democrat
• Religion Baptist
• Education: Attended Winnfield public schools, University of Oklahoma and Tulane University
• Lawyer and Chairman of the Louisiana Railroad Commission
• U. S. Senator
• Died: September 10, 1935 two days after being shot by an assassin in Baton Rouge

Alvin Olin King
• Louisiana Governor January 25, 1932 until May 10, 1932.
• Born: June 21, 1890 in Leoti, Kansas
• Democrat
• Religion Methodist
• Education: Lake Charles H.S., Parsons Business College, Tulane Law School
• Lawyer and President of the Louisiana Bar Association
• Succeeded to both Lt. Governor and Governor during his term as President Pro Tempore of the Louisiana Senate;
• Became Governor when Huey P. Long resigned to take U.S. Senate seat
• Died: January 21, 1958 in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Oscar Kelly Allen Sr.
• Louisiana Governor from 1932 to 1936.
• Born: August 8, 1882 near Winnfield, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion: Baptist
• Education: Springfield Normal and Business College (Missouri)
• State Senator and Chairman of the Louisiana Highway Commission
• State Senator and Chairman of the Louisiana Highway Commission
• Died in office on January 28, 1936 in the Executive Mansion (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) of a cerebral hemorrhage.

James Albert Noe Sr.
• Louisiana Governor January 28, 1936 until May 12, 1936.
• Served for nearly five months after the death of Oscar K. Allen on January 28, 1936.
• Born: December 21, 1890 near West Point, Kentucky
• Democrat
• Religion Methodist
• Education: Public schools
• State Senator and President Pro Tempore of the State Senate;
• Became Lt. Governor when Lt. Governor Fournet resigned to become a Louisiana Supreme Court Justice.
• Started KNOE TV-Radio and WNOE Radio
• Died: October 18, 1976 in Houston, Texas of complications from a heart condition.

Richard Leche
• Louisiana Governor 1936-1939
• Governor Leche resigned in 1939.
• Democrat
• Born: May 15, 1898 in New Orleans, Louisiana
• Religion Episcopalian
• Education: Warren Easton H.S., Loyola Law School
• State Judge
• Died: February 22, 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Earl Kemp Long
• Louisiana Governor: Three-time Democratic governor of Louisiana. He served from
– 1939-1940
– 1948-1952
– 1956-1960.
• Born: August 26, 1895 near Winnfield, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion: Baptist
Education: Attended Loyola University
• Younger brother of Huey P. Long
• Lieutenant Governor
• Died days after being elected to U.S. Congress on September 5, 1960..

Sam H. Jones
• Louisiana Governor 1940 to 1944.
• Born: July 15, 1897 in Merryville, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion Methodist
• Education: LSU
• After leaving the Governor’s Office, he remained active in politics as an advisor to candidates and officials
• Died: February 8, 1978 in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Jimmy Davis
• Louisiana Governor
• Served two nonconsecutive terms
– 1944-1948
– 1960-1964
• Born: September 11, 1899 near Beech Springs, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion : Baptist
• Education: Louisiana College and LSU
• Member of Public Service Commission
• Career after Term: Continued writing music and performing.
• Died: November 5, 2000 at his home in Baton Rouge.

Robert Kennon Sr.
• Louisiana Governor 1952-1956
• Democratic governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana
• Born: August 12, 1902
• Democrat
• Religion: Presbyterian
• Education: LSU and LSU Law School
Lawyer, Mayor of Minden; District Attorney; State Judge; Army officer; Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
• Died: January 11, 1988 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

John J. McKeithen
• Louisiana Governor Served from 1964 to 1972.
• Born: May 28, 1918 in Grayson, Louisiana.
• Democrat
• He was the first governor of his state to serve two consecutive terms.
• Religion Methodist.
• Education: High Point College (North Carolina); LSU; LSU Law School.
• Lawyer, State Representative, Public Service Commissioner and Chairman of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission.
• Died: June 4, 1999 in Columbia, Louisiana.

Edwin Edwards
• Louisiana Governor
• Four terms
– 1972–1976
– 1976-1980
– 1984–1988,
– 1992–1996
• Born: August 7, 1927 in Avoyelles Parish, near Marksville, Louisiana
• Democrat
• Religion Catholic
• Education: LSU; LSU Law School 1949
• U.S. Navy aviation cadet; City Councilman; State Senator; U.S. Representative; lawyer.

Dave Treen
• Louisiana Governor 1980 - 1984
• Born: July 16, 1928 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• Republican
• Governor Treen was the first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
• Religion Methodist
• Education: Tulane University and Tulane Law School
• Lawyer and U.S. Representative

Buddy Roemer
• Louisiana Governor 1988-1992
• Born: October 4, 1943 in Bossier City, Louisiana
• Democrat and later Republican
• Religion Methodist
• Education: Harvard University
• Computer businessman
• Member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988.
• Governor Roemer was elected as a Democrat and changed his affiliation to Republican while in office.

Mike Foster
• Louisiana Governor 1996-2004
• Born: July 11, 1930 in Shreveport, Louisiana
• Republican
Religion: Episcopalian
• Education: LSU
• U.S. Air Force; sugar cane farmer; founder of Bayou Sale construction firm; President of Sterling Sugars, Inc.; President of St. Mary Parish Farm Bureau; State Senator.
• His grandfather was
the also a Louisiana Governor who served from 1882-1900.

Kathleen Blanco
• Louisiana Governor 2004-2008
• Born: December 15, 1942, Iberia Parish
• Political Affiliation: Democrat
• Religion Catholic
• Education: B.S. Business Education, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1964
• Teacher; Political Consultant; State Legislator; Member & Chairman Public Service Commission; Lieutenant Governor.
• She was the first woman to hold the office of governor of Louisiana.

Bobby Jindal
• Louisiana Governor
• Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (born in Baton Rouge on June 10, 1971)
• Graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1988 and went on to attend Brown University where he graduated with honors in biology and public policy.
• Republican
• Prior to his election as governor, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 1st congressional district.
• On October 20, 2007, Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana.
• Became Governor in January 2008.
• At age 36, Jindal became the youngest current governor in the United States.