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Benjamin Franklin Flanders

Birthplace: Bristol, NH, USA
Death: Died in Youngsville, LA, USA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Place of Burial: New Orleans, LA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Flanders
Husband of Susan Hall Flanders
Father of Katherine Anna Pelton; Susan Elizabeth Reddon; Mary Brown Flanders; Joseph Alva Flanders; Benjamin Franklin Flanders, II and 1 other
Brother of Capt. Wardwell Clement Flanders; John Brown Flanders and Rufus Noyes Flanders

Occupation: 21st Governor of Louisiana, 4th Military Governor of Louisiana, 31st Mayor of New Orleans, Teacher / Businessman,
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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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.


'Flanders, Benjamin Franklin (1816-1896) —

also known as Benjamin F. Flanders — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La.

Born in Bristol, Grafton County, N.H., January 26, 1816.

Republican. U.S. Representative from Louisiana at-large, 1862-63;

Military Governor of Louisiana, 1867-68; mayor of New Orleans, La., 1870-72;

candidate for Louisiana state treasurer, 1888. Episcopalian.

Opposed secession in 1861, driven out of New Orleans, leaving his family behind;

returned in 1862 when the city is taken by Union troops.

Died near Youngsville, Lafayette Parish, La., March 13, 1896. 

Interment at Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, La. '

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Benjamin Franklin Flanders's Timeline

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