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This is a list of the Governors of Louisiana (French: Gouverneurs de Louisiane), from acquisition by the United States in 1803 to the present day; for earlier governors of Louisiana see List of colonial governors of Louisiana.

Governor of the State of Louisiana
Seal of Louisiana.svg
John Bel Edwards.jpg
Incumbent
John Bel Edwards

since January 11, 2016
Style The Honorable
Residence Louisiana Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, renewable once consecutively: eligible again after 4-year respite. [1]
Formation Louisiana Constitution
Salary $130,000 (2013, annual)[2]

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Territory of Orleans (1804–1812)Edit

In 1803, Europe was about to become involved in a continental war. The French Empire, led by Napoleon, had begun an aggressive expansionist policy which challenged the interests of United Kingdom. When the Haitian Revolution, with British support, overthrew the French colonial rule on that island, the French Empire began reorganizing its military. To finance this, Napoleon sold the colony of Louisiana to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. From 1804 to 1812, the lower area which would eventually become the modern state was known as the "Territory of Orleans". The vast area to the north was called the "Louisiana Territory".

Governor Governorship Previous office Party Appointer(s)
25
[3]
    William C. C. Claiborne
1772/75–1817
(Aged 42/45)
December 20, 1803

April 30, 1812
Governor of
Mississippi Territory

(1801–1803)
Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson
James Madison

State of Louisiana (1812–present)Edit

# Governor Governorship Previous office Party Election Lt. Governor
1   William C. C. Claiborne
1772/75–1817
(Aged 42/45)
April 30, 1812

December 16, 1816
Governor of
Orleans Territory

(1803–1812)
Democratic-Republican 1
(1812)
Office not established
2   Jacques Villeré
1761–1830
(Aged 68)
December 16, 1816

December 18, 1820
Major General
of the
Louisiana militia
(1803–1816)
Democratic-Republican 2
(1816)
3   Thomas B. Robertson
1779–1828
(Aged 49)
December 18, 1820

November 15, 1824
Attorney General
of Louisiana

(1818–1820)
Democratic-Republican 3
(1820)
4   Henry S. Thibodaux
1769–1827
(Aged 57/58)
November 15, 1824

December 13, 1824
President of the
Louisiana State Senate

(1823–1826)
Democratic-Republican
5   Henry Johnson
1783–1864
(Aged 80)
December 13, 1824

December 15, 1828
U.S. Senator
from Louisiana
(1818–1824)
Democratic-Republican 4
(1824)
6   Pierre Derbigny
1769–1829
(Aged 60)
December 15, 1828

October 6, 1829
(Died in office)
Secretary of State of Louisiana
(1820–1828)
National Republican 5
(1828)
7   Armand Beauvais
1783–1843
(Aged 60)
October 6, 1829

January 14, 1830
Speaker
of the
Louisiana State House

(1820–1822)
National Republican
8   Jacques Dupré
1773–1846
(Aged 73)
January 14, 1830

January 31, 1831
Louisiana State Representative
(1816–1824)
National Republican
9   Andre B. Roman
1795–1866
(Aged 70)
January 31, 1831

February 4, 1835
Speaker
of the
Louisiana State House

(1828–1830)
National Republican 6
(1830)
10   Edward D. White Sr.
1795–1847
(Aged 52)
February 4, 1835

February 4, 1839
U.S. Representative
for Louisiana's 1st District
(1829–1834)
Whig 7
(1834)
(9)   Andre B. Roman
1795–1866
(Aged 70)
February 4, 1839

January 30, 1843
Governor of Louisiana
(1831–1835)
Whig 8
(1838)
11   Alexandre Mouton
1804–1885
(Aged 80)
January 30, 1843

February 12, 1846
U.S. Senator
from Louisiana
(1837–1842)
Democratic 9
(1842)
12   Isaac Johnson
1803–1853
(Aged 49)
February 12, 1846

January 28, 1850
Judge in the
3rd State Circuit

(1839–1846)
Democratic 10
(1846)
Trasimond Landry
13   Joseph M. Walker
1784–1856
(Aged 49)
January 28, 1850

January 18, 1853
State Treasurer
of Louisiana
(1846–1849)
Democratic 11
(1849)
Jean Baptiste Plauché
14   Paul Octave Hébert
1818–1880
(Aged 61)
January 18, 1853

January 22, 1856
Lieutenant Colonel
of the
United States Army
(1840–1845)
Democratic 12
(1852)
William W. Farmer
January 18, 1853October 29, 1854
(Died in office)
Robert C. Wickliffe
October 30, 1854January 22, 1856
15   Robert C. Wickliffe
1819–1895
(Aged 76)
January 22, 1856

January 23, 1860
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1854–1856)
Democratic 13
(1855)
Charles H. Mouton
January 22, 18561859
William F. Griffin
1859January 23, 1860
16   Thomas O. Moore
1804–1876
(Aged 72)
January 23, 1860

January 25, 1864
Louisiana State Senator
(1856)
Democratic
(Southern)
14
(1859)
Henry M. Hyams
17   Henry W. Allen
1820–1866
(Aged 45)
January 25, 1864

June 2, 1865
Brigadier General
of the
Confederate States Army
(1861–1864)
Democratic
(Southern)
15
(Confederacy)
(1863)
Benjamin W. Pearce
  George F. Shepley
1819–1878
(Aged 59)
July 2, 1862

March 4, 1864
Colonel of the
Union Army
(1861–1862)
Republican N/A
(Union)
Office vacant
18   Michael Hahn
1830–1886
(Aged 55)
March 4, 1864

March 4, 1865
U.S. Representative
for Louisiana's 2nd District
(1862–1863)
Republican 15
(Union)
(1864)
James Madison Wells
19
[4]
  James Madison Wells
1808–1899
(Aged 91)
March 4, 1865

June 3, 1867
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1864–1865)
Republican 16
(1865)
Albert Voorhies
20   Benjamin Flanders
1816–1896
(Aged 80)
June 3, 1867

January 8, 1868
U.S. Representative
for Louisiana's 1st District
(1862–1863)
Republican Office vacant
June 3, 1867June 27, 1868
21   Joshua Baker
1799–1885
(Aged 86)
January 8, 1868

June 27, 1868
Captain of the
United States Cavalry
(1846–1851)
Democratic
22   Henry C. Warmoth
1842–1931
(Aged 89)
June 27, 1868

December 9, 1872
None Republican 17
(1868)
Oscar Dunn
June 27, 1868November 22, 1871
(Died in office)
Pinckney Pinchback
November 23, 1871December 9, 1872
23   Pinckney Pinchback
1837–1921
(Aged 84)
December 9, 1872

January 13, 1873
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1871–1872)
Republican Office vacant
24   William P. Kellogg
1830–1918
(Aged 87)
May 22, 1873

January 8, 1877
U.S. Senator
from Louisiana
(1868–1872)
Republican 18
(1872)
Caesar Antoine
25   Francis T. Nicholls
1834–1912
(Aged 77)
April 24, 1877

January 14, 1880
Brigadier General
of the
Confederate States Army
(1861–1865)
Democratic 19
(1876)
Louis A. Wiltz
26   Louis A. Wiltz
1843–1881
(Aged 38)
January 14, 1880

October 16, 1881
(Died in office)
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1877–1880)
Democratic 20
(1879)
Samuel D. McEnery
27   Samuel D. McEnery
1837–1910
(Aged 73)
October 16, 1881

May 20, 1888
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1880–1881)
Democratic William A. Robertson
October 16, 1881December 24, 1881
George L. Walton
December 24, 1881May 20, 1884
20
(1884)
Clay Knobloch
May 20, 1884May 20, 1888
(25)   Francis T. Nicholls
1834–1912
(Aged 77)
May 20, 1888

May 10, 1892
Governor of Louisiana
(1877–1880)
Democratic 21
(1888)
James Jeffries
28   Murphy J. Foster
1849–1921
(Aged 72)
May 10, 1892

May 8, 1900
Louisiana State Senator
(1880–1892)
Democratic 21
(1892)
Charles Parlange
May 10, 1892December 11, 1893
Hiram R. Lott
December 11, 1893June 2, 1895
(Died in office)
22
(1896)
Robert H. Snyder
June 2, 1895May 8, 1900
29   William W. Heard
1853–1926
(Aged 73)
May 8, 1900

May 10, 1904
Louisiana State Auditor
(1892–1900)
Democratic 23
(1900)
Albert Estopinal
30   Newton C. Blanchard
1849–1922
(Aged 73)
May 10, 1904

May 12, 1908
Associate Justice
of the
Louisiana Supreme Court
(1897–1903)
Democratic 24
(1904)
Jared Y. Sanders Sr.
31   Jared Y. Sanders Sr.
1869–1944
(Aged 75)
May 10, 1908

May 14, 1912
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1904–1908)
Democratic 25
(1908)
Paul M. Lambremont
32   Luther E. Hall
1869–1921
(Aged 52)
May 14, 1912

May 9, 1916
Appellate Judge in the
2nd State Circuit

(1906–1911)
Democratic 26
(1912)
Thomas C. Barrett
33   Ruffin Pleasant
1871–1937
(Aged 66)
May 9, 1916

May 11, 1920
Attorneys General
of Louisiana

(1912–1916)
Democratic 27
(1916)
Fernand Mouton
34   John M. Parker
1863–1939
(Aged 76)
May 11, 1920

May 13, 1924
None Democratic 28
(1920)
Hewitt Bouanchaud
May 11, 1920February 19, 1924
Delos R. Johnson
February 19, 1924May 13, 1924
35   Henry L. Fuqua
1865–1926
(Aged 60)
May 13, 1924

October 11, 1926
(Died in office)
Warden
of the
Louisiana State Penitentiary
(1916–1924)
Democratic 29
(1924)
Oramel H. Simpson
36   Oramel H. Simpson
1870–1932
(Aged 62)
October 11, 1926

May 21, 1928
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1924–1926)
Democratic Philip H. Gilbert
37   Huey Long
1893–1935
(Aged 42)
May 21, 1928

January 25, 1932
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner
for 5th District

(1922–1926)
Democratic 30
(1928)
Paul N. Cyr
May 21, 1928March 4, 1931
Alvin Olin King
March 4, 1931January 25, 1932
38   Alvin O. King
1890–1958
(Aged 67)
January 25, 1932

May 10, 1932
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1931–1932)
Democratic Office vacant
39   Oscar K. Allen
1882–1936
(Aged 53)
May 10, 1932

January 28, 1936
(Died in office)
Chairman of the
Louisiana Highway Commission
(1928–1930)
Democratic 31
(1932)
John B. Fournet
May 10, 1932January 2, 1935
James A. Noe
January 2, 1935January 28, 1936
40   James A. Noe
1890–1976
(Aged 85)
January 28, 1936

May 12, 1936
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1935–1936)
Democratic Office vacant
41   Richard W. Leche
1898–1965
(Aged 66)
May 12, 1936

June 26, 1939
Appellate Judge in the
4th State Circuit

(1934–1936)
Democratic 32
(1936)
Earl Long
42   Earl Long
1895–1960
(Aged 65)
June 26, 1939

May 14, 1940
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1936–1939)
Democratic Coleman Lindsey
43   Samuel H. Jones
1897–1978
(Aged 80)
May 14, 1940

May 9, 1944
Assistant District Attorney
in the
14th Judicial District
(1925–1934)
Democratic 33
(1940)
Marc M. Mouton
44   James H. Davis
1899–2000
(Aged 101)
May 9, 1944

May 11, 1948
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner
for 5th District

(1942–1944)
Democratic 34
(1944)
J. Emile Verret
(42)   Earl Long
1895–1960
(Aged 65)
May 11, 1948

May 13, 1952
Governor of Louisiana
(1939–1940)
Democratic 35
(1948)
William J. Dodd
45   Robert F. Kennon
1902–1988
(Aged 85)
May 13, 1952

May 8, 1956
Judge in the
2nd State Circuit

(1945–1952)
Democratic 36
(1952)
Charles E. Barham
(42)   Earl Long
1895–1960
(Aged 65)
May 8, 1956

May 10, 1960
Governor of Louisiana
(1948–1952)
Democratic 37
(1956)
Lether Frazar
(44)   James "Jimmie" Davis
1899–2000
(Aged 101)
May 10, 1960

May 12, 1964
Governor of Louisiana
(1944–1948)
Democratic 38
(1959–60)
Clarence Aycock
46   John McKeithen
1918–1999
(Aged 81)
May 12, 1964

May 9, 1972
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner
for 3rd District

(1955–1964)
Democratic 39
(1963–64)
40
(1967)
47   Edwin Edwards
Born 1927
(90 years old)
May 9, 1972

March 10, 1980
U.S. Representative
for Louisiana's 7th District
(1965–1972)
Democratic 41
(1971–72)
James Fitzmorris Jr.
42
(1975)
48   David Treen
1928–2009
(Aged 81)
March 10, 1980

March 12, 1984
U.S. Representative
for Louisiana's 3rd District
(1973–1980)
Republican 43
(1979)
Robert L. Freeman
(47)   Edwin Edwards
Born 1927
(90 years old)
March 12, 1984

March 14, 1988
Governor of Louisiana
(1972–1980)
Democratic 44
(1983)
49   Charles E. Roemer
Born 1943
(73 years old)
March 14, 1988

January 13, 1992
U.S. Representative
for Louisiana's 4th District
(1981–1988)
Democratic[a] 45
(1987)
Paul Hardy
(47)   Edwin Edwards
Born 1927
(90 years old)
January 13, 1992

January 8, 1996
Governor of Louisiana
(1984–1988)
Democratic 46
(1991)
Melinda Schwegmann
50   Murphy J. Foster Jr.
Born 1930
(87 years old)
January 8, 1996

January 12, 2004
Louisiana State Senator
(1988–1996)
Republican 47
(1995)
Kathleen Blanco
48
(1999)
51   Kathleen Blanco
Born 1942
(74 years old)
January 12, 2004

January 14, 2008
Lt. Governor of Louisiana
(1996–2004)
Democratic 49
(2003)
Mitchell Landrieu
January 12, 2004May 3, 2010
52   Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
Born 1971
(46 years old)
January 14, 2008

January 11, 2016
U.S. Representative
for Louisiana's 1st District
(2005–2008)
Republican 50
(2007)
Scott Angelle
May 3, 2010November 22, 2010
John L. Dardenne
November 22, 2010January 11, 2016
51
(2011)
53   John Bel Edwards
Born 1966
(50 years old)
January 11, 2016

Incumbent
Louisiana State Representative
(2012–2015)
Democratic 52
(2015)
William H. Nungesser
Notes

Murdered/Died in office

Other high offices heldEdit

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.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
William Charles Cole Claiborne 1803–1816 S U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 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 Louisiana Lieutenant Governor, 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 Acting Lieutenant Governor, Elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate but was refused his seat.[6]
William P. Kellogg 1873–1877 H S
Samuel D. McEnery 1881–1888 S Louisiana Lieutenant Governor
Murphy J. Foster 1892–1900 S
Newton C. Blanchard 1904–1908 H S
Jared Y. Sanders, Sr. 1908–1912 H Louisiana Lieutenant Governor, Elected U.S. Senator but denied the seat, preferring to stay governor
Oramel H. Simpson 1926–1928 Louisiana Lieutenant Governor
Huey Pierce Long 1928–1932 S* Elected to the Senate in 1930, but did not take the seat until the election of his hand-picked successor was ensured
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 2008–2016 H

Living former U.S. governors of LouisianaEdit

As of January 2017, there are five former U.S. governors of Louisiana who are currently living at this time, the oldest being Edwin W. Edwards (served 1972–1980, 1984–1988 and 1992–1996, born 1927). The most recent governor, and also the most recently serving governor, to die was David C. Treen (served 1980–1984, born 1928), on October 29, 2009.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Edwin W. Edwards 1972–1980
1984–1988
1992–1996
(1927-08-07) August 7, 1927 (age 90)
Buddy Roemer 1988–1992 (1943-10-04) October 4, 1943 (age 73)
Murphy J. Foster, Jr. 1996–2004 (1930-07-11) July 11, 1930 (age 87)
Kathleen Blanco 2004–2008 (1942-12-15) December 15, 1942 (age 74)
Bobby Jindal 2008–2016 (1971-06-10) June 10, 1971 (age 46)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Roemer switched to the Republican Party on March 1991, just 9 months before the state elections.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Louisiana Constitution of 1974" (PDF). Article IV, section 3. A person who has served as governor for more than one and one-half terms in two consecutive terms shall not be elected governor for the succeeding term. 
  2. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ As continuation of the colonial's office.
  4. ^ House Documents, Otherwise Publ. as Executive Documents: 13th Congress, 2d ... United States Congressm House. 1848. p. 1138. 
  5. ^ "Trio in Louisiana make up unusual slate for governor". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. March 18, 1991. 
  6. ^ Compilation of Senate Election Cases from 1789 to 1885 - Pages 483 - 512

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