1868 Louisiana gubernatorial election

The 1868 Louisiana gubernatorial election was held over two days, April 17 and 18, the same days that voters were asked to ratify the new Louisiana Constitution of 1868, which established the civil rights of African Americans. As a result of this election Henry Clay Warmoth was elected Governor of Louisiana. At age 26 he was the youngest governor in the state's history. The result was a lop-sided result for Warmoth because of the Republican Party's overwhelming support among African Americans, who were a majority of the state's population at the time.

1868 Louisiana gubernatorial election

← 1865 April 17–18, 1868[1] 1872 →
  H C Warmoth 1870s W Kurtz.jpg Louisiana Justice James G. Taliaferro, The Green Bag, no border.jpg
Nominee Henry C. Warmoth James G. Taliaferro
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 64,941 38,946
Percentage 62.51% 37.49%

Governor before election

Joshua Baker

Elected Governor

Henry C. Warmoth


Popular Vote[2]

Party Candidate Votes received Percentage
Republican Henry Clay Warmoth 64,941 62.51%
Democratic James G. Taliaferro 38,946 37.49%
Total Vote 103,887


  1. ^ "OFFICIAL. The Municipal Election. PLACES OF HOLDING THE POLLS". New Orleans Republican. 17 April 1868. p. 1. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  2. ^ Jeanne Frois. 2006. Louisiana Almanac, 2006–2007 Edition. Gretna, La: Pelican Pub. Co. p.547
Preceded by
1865 Louisiana gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1872 Louisiana gubernatorial election