1872 Louisiana gubernatorial election

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Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1872

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

Governor before election

P. B. S. Pinchback
Republican

Elected Governor

William Pitt Kellogg
Republican

The Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1872, 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. 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.

Results

Popular Vote[1]

Party Candidate Votes received Percentage
Republican William Pitt Kellogg 72,890 56.88%
Democratic John McEnery 55,249 43.12%
Total Vote 128,139


Preceded by
1868 Louisiana gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1876 Louisiana gubernatorial election

References

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