Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers (Google eBook)

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Jun 30, 2010 - History - 328 pages
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Walter Greaves Cowan and Jack B. McGuire, veteran authorities on the Louisiana political scene, trace the history of the state's leaders from the French and Spanish colonial eras to the present day. Using a variety of sources, including personal interviews with the recent governors, they describe unforgettable personalities in Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers, now available in paperback.

Such early figures as Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville and Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville set the tone for later colonial governors. They had their troubles, fending off protesting Indians and other French and Spanish leaders vying for power. Following the Louisiana Purchase, American politics took hold. The Whigs, Know Nothings, Republicans, and Democrats have all waxed and waned through times of slavery, secession, suffrage, and segregation. The early twentieth century saw the rise of Huey P. Long, who established himself as a virtual dictator. An assassin's bullet ended Long's life in 1935, but his followers managed to hold on to the governorship until 1940. In 1948 his brother, Earl Long, brought the family back into power.

Over the years, two governors were impeached but were not removed from office, and two governors were jailed in federal prison. The experiences, decisions, and conflicts of Louisiana governors have reflected and influenced the history of the state, often in dramatic and fascinating ways.

  

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Contents

Pierre Le Moyne Sieur dIberville et dArdillieres 16991702
3
Sieur de Sauvole 16991700
8
Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville 17011713 17161717 17181725 17331743
10
Antoine de Lamothe Sieur de Cadillac 17131716
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Jean Michel De lEpinay 17171718
23
Pierre Sidrac Dugué Sieur de Boisbriant 17251727
24
Etienne de Perier 17271733
25
Pierre de Rigaud de Cavagnial Marquis de Vaudreuil 17431753
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Benjamin Franklin Flanders 18671868
99
Joshua Baker 1868
101
Henry Clay Warmoth 18681872
102
P B S Pinchback 18721873
107
John McEnery 1873
110
William Pitt Kellogg 18731876
114
Francis R T Nicholls 18771880 18881892
119
Louis Alfred Wiltz 18801881
123

Louis Billouart Chevalier de Kerlerec 17531763
31
Jean Jacques Blaise dAbbadie 17631765
33
Charles Philippe Aubry 17651766
35
Antonio de Ulloa de la TorreGuiral 17651768
37
Luis Unzaga y Amerzaga 17691777
42
Bernardo de Galvez 17771782
44
Esteban Rodriguez Miro 17821791
46
FrancoisLouis Hector Baron de Carondelet et Noyelles 17911797
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Manuel Gayoso de Lemos 17971799
50
Sebastian Calvo de la Puerta Y OFariel Marquis de Casa Calvo 17991801
52
Juan Manuel de Salcedo 18011803
54
Transfer
55
William Charles Cole Claiborne 18031812 18121816
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Jacques Philippe Villere 18161820
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Thomas Bolling Robertson 18201824
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Five Governors 18241831
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Andre Bienvenu Roman 18311835 18391843
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Edward Douglass White 18351839
73
Alexandre Mouton 18431846
75
Isaac Johnson 18461850
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Joseph Marshall Walker 18501853
79
Paul Octave Hebert 18531856
81
Robert C Wickliffe 18561860
83
Thomas O Moore 18601864
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George F Shepley 18621864
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Michael Hahn 18641865
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Henry Watkins Allen 18641865
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James Madison Wells 18651867
96
Murphy J Foster 18921900
126
William Wright Heard 19001904
129
Newton Crain Blanchard 19041908
132
Jared Y Sanders 19081912
136
Luther E Hall 19121916
142
Ruffin G Pleasant 19161920
146
John M Parker 19201924
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Henry L Fuqua 19241926
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Oramel H Simpson 19261928
161
Huey P Long 19281932
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Alvin O King 1932
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Oscar K Allen 19321936
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James A Noe 1936
188
Richard W Leche 19361939
194
Earl K Long 19391940 19481952 19561960
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Sam Houston Jones 19401944
220
Jimmie H Davis 19441948 19601964
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Robert F Kennon 19521956
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John J McKeithen 19641972
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19921996
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David Treen 19801984
254
Buddy Roemer 19881992
259
Murphy J Mike Foster Jr 19962004
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Kathleen Babineaux Blanco 20042008
278
Bobby Jindal 2008
285
Index
297
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About the author (2010)

In forty years of journalism, Walter Greaves Cowan was reporter and editor of the New Orleans States-Item and also vice-president of the Times-Picayune Publishing Corporation. He is the coauthor of New Orleans Yesterday and Today and Louisiana Yesterday and Today.

Jack B. McGuire, public relations director for the city of New Orleans from 1964 to 1970, is vice president of Union Savings and Loan Association. He is the author of Uncle Earl Deserved Better.