John McEnery (1832 - 1891)

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Birthplace: Petersburg, VA, USA
Death: Died in New Orleans, LA, USA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Occupation: 1st Unrecognized Governor of Louisiana, Lawyer-Registrar of Land Office; Judge of the 12th District Legislature,
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About John McEnery

In the election of 1872 John McEnery, a Democrat, faced Republican William Pitt Kellogg. Sitting Governor Henry Clay Warmoth, a Republican, supported McEnery because Warmoth opposed the Republican Party faction loyal to President U. S. Grant, who supported Kellogg. Confusing? Not as strange as the results.

As Governor, Warmoth controlled the State Returning Board, the institution which administered elections. His board named McEnery the winner but a rival board claimed Kellogg the victorious. Warmoth was impeached for allegedly stealing the election. A black Republican, P. B. S. Pinchback became Governor for 35 days until Grant seated Kellogg with Federal protection as Governor.

McEnery's faction established a "rump legislature" in New Orleans to oppose Kellogg's actions. McEnery urged his supporters to take up arms against Kellogg's fraudulent government. Action by the anti-Republican White League caused President Grant to send Federal reinforcements to New Orleans. Until Federal troops were removed from Louisiana in 1877, no Democrat could be elected.

Governor McEnery died in 1890.

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John McEnery's Timeline

1832
March 31, 1832
Petersburg, VA, USA
1866
1866
Age 33
1867
March 22, 1867
Age 34
1872
December 18, 1872
Age 40
1875
April 8, 1875
Age 43
1877
June 8, 1877
Age 45
1891
March 28, 1891
Age 58
New Orleans, LA, USA
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States