Louisiana Governors - From Statehood until the Civil War Era

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Louisiana Governors - From Statehood until the Civil War Era

William Charles Cole Claiborne
• 1st Statehood 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, 1817in New Orleans, Louisiana
• Also served as the Territorial Governor from 1803-1812


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