1872 Louisiana gubernatorial election

The 1872 Louisiana gubernatorial election was the second election to take place under the Louisiana Constitution of 1868. As a result of this election William Pitt Kellogg was elected Governor of Louisiana, but not before federal troops stepped in to enforce his election. The results of this election were highly contentious and resulted in racial violence across the state, including the Colfax massacre. U. S. President Ulysses S. Grant had to step in and formally recognize Kellogg as Governor to resolve the violence. Kellogg's Democratic opponent John McEnery finally conceded the election in September 1874 after briefly overthrowing Kellogg's government.

1872 Louisiana gubernatorial election

← 1868 November 4, 1872 1876 →
Nominee William Pitt Kellogg John McEnery
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 72,890 55,249
Percentage 56.88% 43.12%

Election results by county
Kellogg:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%      90-100%
McEnery:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%      90-100%

Governor before election

P. B. S. Pinchback

Elected Governor

William Pitt Kellogg



Popular Vote

1872 Louisiana gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Pitt Kellogg 72,890 56.88%  5.63
Democratic John McEnery 55,249 43.12%  5.63
Total votes 128,139 100.00%
Preceded by
1868 Louisiana gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1876 Louisiana gubernatorial election


  1. ^ Jeanne Frois. 2006. Louisiana Almanac, 2006–2007 Edition. Gretna, La: Pelican Pub. Co. p.547