Louis Alfred Wiltz (1843 - 1881)

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Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, USA
Death: Died in New Orleans, LA, USA
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Occupation: 27th Governor of Louisiana, Confederate Army officer, Mayor of New Orleans, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Lt. Governor
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About Louis Alfred Wiltz

An ally of the Louisiana Lottery Company, Louis A. Wiltz was elected Governor under the Constitution of 1879, a pro-Democrat document written to replace the 1868 Constitution written by Republicans. As Lieutenant Governor, Wiltz had presided over the Constitutional Convention which reduced the term of Governor Francis T. Nicholls. Wiltz replaced Nicholls as the Democratic nominee and defeated a weak Republican opponent.

Wiltz's term is notable mainly for his support of the corrupt lottery which controlled the Legislature. Public education was neglected, black disenfranchisement continued and State Treasurer Edward A. Burke, an ally of Wiltz, continued to embezzle state funds.

Wiltz died in office of tuberculosis in 1881.

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October 22, 1843
New Orleans, LA, USA
Age 19
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October 16, 1881
Age 37
New Orleans, LA, USA
New Orleans, LA, USA