Benjamin Franklin Flanders (1816 - 1896)

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Birthplace: Bristol, NH, USA
Death: Died in Youngsville, LA, USA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Occupation: 21st Governor of Louisiana, 4th Military Governor of Louisiana, 31st Mayor of New Orleans, Teacher / Businessman,
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About Benjamin Franklin Flanders

Benjamin Franklin Flanders held important pro-Union posts before being appointed governor by the New Orleans military district commander, Gen. Philip Sheridan.

During the war, as special agent of the Treasury Department of the Southern Region, Flanders earned commissions from the sale of confiscated cotton. After the war, he led the movement to organize the Republican Party in Louisiana. As the first republican governor, Flanders supported black suffrage.

But Flanders' short term in office featured much conflict among Republicans about control of the party and political patronage.

The governor resigned when Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, the new military district commander, removed Radical Republicans appointed by Flanders from state offices.

Two years later, Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth appointed Flanders mayor of New Orleans. He was later elected to that position.

Flanders died on his plantation in Lafayette Parish in 1896.

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Benjamin Flanders's Timeline

1816
January 26, 1816
Bristol, NH, USA
1848
1848
Age 31
1852
March 11, 1852
Age 36
1856
April 22, 1856
Age 40
1859
June 14, 1859
Age 43
1861
December 29, 1861
Age 45
New Orleans, La.
1865
September 10, 1865
Age 49
1896
March 13, 1896
Age 80
Youngsville, LA, USA
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- present
New Hampshire, United States