Newton C. Blanchard, Governor, U.S. Senator

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Newton Crain Blanchard

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Boyce, LA, USA
Death: June 22, 1922 (73)
Shreveport, Caddo, LA, USA (Prolonged Illness)
Place of Burial: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Carey Hansford Blanchard and Frances Amelia Blanchard
Husband of Charlotte Blanchard and Mary Emily Blanchard
Father of Newton Crain Blanchard, Jr; James Ashton Blanchard and Mary Ethel Smith
Brother of Cary E Blanchard and Charles Henry Blanchard

Occupation: 34th Governor of Louisiana, Congressman, U.S. Senator and Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Practiced law
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About Newton C. Blanchard, Governor, U.S. Senator

Newton Crain Blanchard developed a strong career as a Bourbon Democratic Party functionary before stepping onto a higher national stage. From chairmanship of the Democratic Committee of Caddo Parish, Blanchard worked as a delegate to the 1879 Constitutional Convention and was on the staff of both Governor Wiltz and Governor McEnery.

Blanchard then served in the U. S. House of Representatives and U. S. Senate before becoming an Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Blanchard became the highly qualified Democratic nominee for Governor in 1904.

As Chief Executive Blanchard worked to improve a dismal public education system. State appropriations for education rose from 1.5 million to 3.5 million during his term. He signed legislation establishing certification of teachers and public school libraries as school construction increased. The number of high schools in Louisiana doubled.

Blanchard supported laws lowering property taxes and creating a board to assess property. He created a State Board of Forestry, encouraged the construction of a state reform school and approved a law making state primaries mandatory, eliminating gubernatorial nomination by convention.

Blanchard died in Shreveport in 1922.

Newton Crain Blanchard (January 29, 1849 – June 22, 1922) was a United States Representative, Senator, and the 33rd Governor of Louisiana.

Born in Rapides Parish in Central Louisiana, he completed academic studies, studied law in Alexandria in 1868, and graduated from the Tulane University Law School in 1870 (then named the University of Louisiana). He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Shreveport in 1871; in 1879 he was a delegate to the State constitutional convention.

Blanchard was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1881, until his resignation, effective March 12, 1894; while in the House of Representatives he was chairman of the Committee on Rivers and Harbors (Fiftieth through Fifty-third Congresses). He was appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Douglass White, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Blancard served in the Senate from March 12, 1894, to March 3, 1897; he was not a candidate for a full term in 1896. While in the Senate, Blanchard was chairman of the Committee on Improvement of the Mississippi River and its Tributaries (Fifty-third Congress).

Elected associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Blanchard served from 1897 to 1903, when he resigned. He was governor from from 1904 to 1908, and thereafter resumed the practice of law in Shreveport. In 1908, he attended the Conference of Governors held in Washington, D.C., to promote conservation. Technically his term as governor had ended the day before U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt convened the meeting in the White House.

In 1913, Blanchard was again a member of the State constitutional convention, this time serving as president. He died in Shreveport in 1922; interment was at Greenwood Cemetery there.

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Newton C. Blanchard, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

January 29, 1849
Boyce, LA, USA
December 11, 1874
Age 25
Age 27
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States
May 27, 1910
Age 61
June 22, 1922
Age 73
Shreveport, Caddo, LA, USA
University of Louisiana (Tulane)
Louisiana State Seminary of Learning (LSU)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA