1876 Louisiana gubernatorial election

The 1876 Louisiana gubernatorial election was the third and final election to take place under the Louisiana Constitution of 1868. As a result of this election Francis T. Nicholls became Governor of Louisiana, but not before the election was contested by his opponent. The results of this election, like those of 1872, were disputed. The dispute was resolved by the Compromise of 1877 which gave the Governor's Mansion to Democrat Francis T. Nicholls. The Compromise also gave Republican presidential candidate Rutherford B. Hayes the electoral votes of several disputed states, including Louisiana, which resulted in his election to the White House. The election of Nicholls marked the end of Reconstruction in Louisiana and the decline of the Republican Party of Louisiana.

1876 Louisiana gubernatorial election

← 1872 November 7, 1876 1879 →
Nominee Francis T. Nicholls Stephen B. Packard
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 84,487 76,477
Percentage 52.49% 47.51%

Governor before election

William Pitt Kellogg

Elected Governor

Francis T. Nicholls



Popular Vote[1]

Party Candidate Votes received Percentage
Democratic Francis T. Nicholls 84,487 52.49%
Republican Stephen B. Packard 76,477 47.51%
Total Vote 160,964
Preceded by
1872 Louisiana gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1879 Louisiana gubernatorial election


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