Henry Clay Warmoth

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Henry Clay Warmoth

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Birthplace: McLeansboro, IL, USA
Death: Died in New Orleans, LA, USA
Cause of death: Bronchial Pneumonia
Place of Burial: Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac S Warmoth and Eleanor Warmoth
Husband of Sarah Sallie Warmoth
Father of Frank Sheridan Warmoth; Reinette Lester Warmoth and Carroll Kennon Warmoth

Occupation: 23rd Governor of Louisiana, Union Army Officer, Collector of Customs
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About Henry Clay Warmoth

Henry Clay Warmoth epitomizes the corruption of Louisiana politics during Reconstruction and at other times as well.

Elected Governor at age 26 as the Republican candidate, Warmoth speculated in state bonds and treasury notes, profited from part ownership in the newspaper which held the contract for state printing, and created the State Returning Board to supervise election returns.

The Board had the power to throw out votes from any precinct thought to have tainted results. Radical Republicans used the board to maintain power by enabling them to steal elections from the Conservative Democrats.

Although he supported voting rights for blacks, Warmoth prevented other civil rights provisions from becoming part of the Constitution of 1868.

He led a faction of the Republican Party in Louisiana which opposed the faction loyal to President Ulysses Grant. Warmoth's group allied itself with the Democrats in the controversial election of 1872, supporting John McEnery over Grant's candidate, William Kellogg. For his role in the fraudulent election, Warmoth was impeached but never brought to trial. Warmoth lived 60 more years, staying active in Republican party politics.

He died in 1931 in New Orleans.

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Henry Clay Warmoth's Timeline

1842
May 9, 1842
McLeansboro, IL, USA
1878
1878
Age 35
1882
1882
Age 39
1931
September 30, 1931
Age 89
New Orleans, LA, USA
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New Orleans, LA, USA