1812 Louisiana gubernatorial election

The 1812 Louisiana gubernatorial election was the first gubernatorial election to take place after Louisiana achieved statehood. Under Article 3 Sec 2 of the 1812 Constitution of the State of Louisiana the Governor was elected in two steps. On the first Monday in July, eligible voters went to the polls and voted. The returns were sent to the President of the Louisiana State Senate. On the second day of the session of the Louisiana State Legislature, the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate met in joint session and voted between the top two candidates. The candidate who received a majority in General Assembly became governor.

1812 Louisiana gubernatorial election
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July 6, 1812 1816 →
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Nominee William C. C. Claiborne Jacques Villeré
Party Democratic-Republican Democratic-Republican
Electoral vote 33 6
Popular vote 2,757 945
Percentage 71.17% 24.42%

Governor before election

William C. C. Claiborne

Elected Governor

William C. C. Claiborne


Popular Vote[1]

Candidate Votes received Percentage
William C. C. Claiborne 2,757 71.17%
Jacques Villeré 946 24.42%
Jean Noël Destréhan 168 4.34%
Scattering 3 0.08%

General Assembly Vote[1]

Candidate Votes received Percentage
William C. C. Claiborne 33 84.62%
Jacques Villere 6 15.38%
Total Vote 39
Preceded by
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1816 Louisiana gubernatorial election


  1. ^ a b Calhoun, Milburn, and Jeanne Frois. 1997. Louisiana almanac, 1997-98 Edition. Gretna, La: Pelican Pub. Co. p.473