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Number of Governors of Louisiana by party affiliation
Party Governors
Democratic 40
Republican 10
Democratic-Republican 5
Whig 5
Unionist Democrat 2
National Republican 1
This is a list of the governors of Louisianamarker, 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)

United Statesmarker 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
1 William Charles Cole Claiborne December 20, 1803 April 30, 1812


First period of U.S. statehood

# Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes
1 William Charles Cole Claiborne April 30, 1812 December 16, 1816 Democratic-Republican
2 Jacques Villeré December 16, 1816 December 18, 1820 Democratic-Republican
3 Thomas B. Robertson December 18, 1820 November 15, 1824 Democratic-Republican
4 Henry S. Thibodaux November 15, 1824 December 13, 1824 Democratic-Republican
5 Henry Johnson December 13, 1824 December 15, 1828 Democratic-Republican
6 Pierre Derbigny December 15, 1828 October 6, 1829 National Republican/Anti-Jackson
7 Armand Beauvais October 6, 1829 January 14, 1830 Whig
8 Jacques Dupre January 14, 1830 January 31, 1831 Whig
9 Andre B. Roman January 31, 1831 February 4, 1835 Whig
10 Edward D. White, Sr. February 4, 1835 February 4, 1839 Whig
Andre B. Roman February 4, 1839 January 30, 1843 Whig
11 Alexandre Mouton January 30, 1843 February 12, 1846 Democratic
12 Isaac Johnson February 12, 1846 January 28, 1850 Democratic
13 Joseph Marshall Walker January 28, 1850 January 18, 1853 Democratic
14 Paul Octave Hebert January 18, 1853 January 22, 1856 Democratic
15 Robert C. Wickliffe January 22, 1856 January 23, 1860 Democratic
16 Thomas Overton Moore January 23, 1860 April 24, 1862 Democratic


Civil War Era

Governors of Confederate-held territory in Louisiana

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes
16 Thomas Overton Moore April 24, 1862 January 25, 1864 Democratic
17 Henry Watkins Allen January 25, 1864 June 2, 1865 Democratic


Governors of Union-held territory in Louisiana

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes
18 George F. Shepley July 2, 1862 March 4, 1864 Military
19 Michael Hahn March 4, 1864 March 4, 1865 Republican


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

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes
20 James Madison Wells March 4, 1865 June 3, 1867 Unionist Democrat
21 Benjamin Flanders June 3, 1867 January 8, 1868 Republican
22 Joshua Baker January 8, 1868 June 27, 1868 Unionist Democrat


Resumption of U.S. Statehood

No. Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party Notes
23 Henry C. Warmoth June 27, 1868 December 9, 1872 Republican
24 P. B. S. Pinchback December 9, 1872 January 13, 1873 Republican
25 John McEnery January 13, 1873 May 22, 1873 Democratic
26 William P. Kellogg January 13, 1873 January 8, 1877 Republican
27* Stephen B. Packard January 8, 1877 April 24, 1877 Republican
28 Francis T. Nicholls January 8, 1877 January 14, 1880 Democratic
29 Louis A. Wiltz January 14, 1880 October 16, 1881 Democratic
30 Samuel D. McEnery October 16, 1881 May 20, 1888 Democratic
Francis T. Nicholls May 20, 1888 May 10, 1892 Democratic
31 Murphy J. Foster May 10, 1892 May 8, 1900 Democratic
32 William W. Heard May 8, 1900 May 10, 1904 Democratic
33 Newton C. Blanchard May 10, 1904 May 12, 1908 Democratic
34 Jared Y. Sanders, Sr. May 12, 1908 May 14, 1912 Democratic
35 Luther E. Hall May 14, 1912 May 9, 1916 Democratic
36 Ruffin G. Pleasant May 9, 1916 May 11, 1920 Democratic
37 John M. Parker May 11, 1920 May 13, 1924 Democratic
38 Henry L. Fuqua May 13, 1924 October 11, 1926 Democratic
39 Oramel H. Simpson October 11, 1926 May 21, 1928 Democratic
40 Huey Pierce Long May 21, 1928 January 25, 1932 Democratic
41 Alvin Olin King January 25, 1932 May 10, 1932 Democratic
42 Oscar Kelly Allen May 10, 1932 January 28, 1936 Democratic
43 James A. Noe January 28, 1936 May 12, 1936 Democratic
44 Richard W. Leche May 12, 1936 June 26, 1939 Democratic
45 Earl K. Long June 26, 1939 May 14, 1940 Democratic
46 Sam H. Jones May 14, 1940 May 9, 1944 Democratic
47 Jimmie H. Davis May 9, 1944 May 11, 1948 Democratic
Earl K. Long May 11, 1948 May 13, 1952 Democratic
48 Robert F. Kennon May 13, 1952 May 8, 1956 Democratic
Earl K. Long May 8, 1956 May 10, 1960 Democratic
Jimmie H. Davis May 10, 1960 May 12, 1964 Democratic
49 John J. McKeithen May 12, 1964 May 2, 1972 Democratic
50 Edwin W. Edwards May 9, 1972 March 10, 1980 Democratic
51 David C. Treen March 10, 1980 March 12, 1984 Republican
Edwin W. Edwards March 12, 1984 March 14, 1988 Democratic
52 Charles E. Roemer III March 14, 1988 August 1991 Democratic
Charles E. Roemer III August 1991 January 13, 1992 Republican
Edwin W. Edwards January 13, 1992 January 8, 1996 Democratic
53 Murphy J. Foster, Jr. January 8, 1996 January 12, 2004 Republican
54 Kathleen Babineaux Blanco January 12, 2004 January 14, 2008 Democratic
55 Piyush "Bobby" Jindal January 14, 2008 Incumbent Republican


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 Tennesseemarker, 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 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 Elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate but was refused his seat.
William P. Kellogg 1873–1877 H S
Samuel D. McEnery 1881–1888 S
Murphy J. Foster 1892–1900 S
Newton C. Blanchard 1904–1908 H S
Jared Y. Sanders, Sr. 1908–1912 H Elected U.S. Senator but denied the seat, preferring to stay governor
Huey Pierce Long 1928–1932 S*
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

, four former governors were alive, the oldest being Edwin W. Edwards (1972–1980, 1984–1988, 1992–1996, born 1927). The most recent 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 August 7, 1927
Buddy Roemer 1988–1992 October 4, 1943
Murphy J. Foster, Jr. 1996–2004 July 11, 1930
Kathleen Blanco 2004–2008 December 15, 1942


Notes

  1. Table includes both Union and Confederate governors.
  2. Resigned to take a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Louisiana.
  3. As president of the state senate, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  4. Died in office.
  5. As president of the state senate, acted as governor until his senate president term expired.
  6. Governor Allen was removed from office and fled to Mexico after the Union took control of Louisiana following the surrender of the Confederacy.
  7. Resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate, but was denied his seat, Louisiana having not yet been readmitted to the Union.
  8. As lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  9. Removed from office by General Phillip Sheridan, who held Wells accountable for the unstable political conditions stemming from the granting of suffrage to blacks.
  10. Appointed military governor.
  11. Resigned.
  12. Removed from power; when Louisiana was readmitted to the Union, Governor Baker and General Winfield Scott Hancock, who appointed him, were removed from power in the state.
  13. Impeached but never convicted; however, Warmoth was still removed from office with 35 days remaining in his term. All charges were later expunged.
  14. As lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  15. The State Returning Board declared John McEnery the winner over William Kellogg in 1872, but a second election board was formed that declared Kellogg the winner. Both men were sworn in to office on the same day by opposing legislatures. After armed skirmishes erupted, President Ulysses S. Grant stepped in, declaring Kellogg the winner on September 20, 1873.
  16. Packard was the Radical Republican candidate for governor in 1876. In a disputed outcome, both Packard and his Democratic opponent, Francis T. Nicholls were inaugurated. Nicholls had led in the balloting by some eight thousand votes, but the Republican-controlled State Returning Board cited fraud and declared Packard the victor. Pinchback, however, refused to support Packard and endorsed Nicholls. * Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1877 p.455-67
  17. Francis Nicholls won the 1876 election over Stephen B. Packard, but the Republican-controlled State Returning Board declared Packard the winner. Nicholls took office anyway, and assembled a government that was eventually recognized by the federal government as the proper state government. * Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1877 p.455-67
  18. As lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
  19. Elected to the United States Senate but refused the seat, preferring to remain governor.
  20. Impeached on charges of bribery and corruption, but not convicted.
  21. Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate; Governor Long was elected to the Senate in 1930, but did not take office until 1932, preferring to remain in office as governor.
  22. Paul N. Cyr was lieutenant governor under Governor Huey Long, and stated he would take over for governor after Long left for the Senate, but Long demanded Cyr forfeit his office. Alvin Olin King, as president of the state senate, was elevated to lieutenant governor and later governor.
  23. Resigned due to a fraud scandal; he was later convicted of mail fraud, and served five years in prison. He was pardoned by President Harry S. Truman in 1953.
  24. First Louisiana governor elected to consecutive terms after 1921 constitution was amended in 1966 to allow governors to serve two consecutive terms.
  25. Ibid. Roemer switched from Democrat to Republican several days before the Republicans held a convention in Lafayette to endorse a candidate. Roemer was unable to cancel the convention or to stop its momentum toward U.S. Representative Clyde C. Holloway, who received the endorsement. Both Holloway and Roemer remained in the race, but neither attracted sufficient votes to place in the runoff election.
  26. Compilation of Senate Election Cases from 1789 to 1885 - Pages 483 - 512


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