1816 Louisiana gubernatorial election
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Nominee Jacques Villeré Joshua Lewis
Party Democratic-Republican Democratic-Republican
Electoral vote 43 3
Popular vote 2,314 2,145
Percentage 51.9% 48.1%

Governor before election

William C. C. Claiborne

Elected Governor

Jacques Villeré

The 1816 Louisiana gubernatorial election was the second gubernatorial election to take place after Louisiana achieved statehood. Under Article III Sec 2 of the 1812 Constitution of the State of Louisiana the Governor was elected in two steps. On the first Monday in July, eligible voters went to the polls and voted. The returns were sent to the President of the Louisiana State Senate. On the second day of the session of the Louisiana State Legislature, the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate met in joint session and voted between the top two candidates. The candidate who received a majority in General Assembly became governor.


Popular Vote[1]

Candidate Votes received Percentage
Jacques Villeré 2,314 51.90%
Joshua Lewis 2,145 48.10%
Total Vote 4,459

General Assembly Vote[1]

Candidate Votes received Percentage
Jacques Villeré 43 93.48%
Joshua Lewis 3 6.52%
Total Vote 46
Preceded by
1812 Louisiana gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1820 Louisiana gubernatorial election


  1. ^ a b Jeanne Frois. 2006. Louisiana almanac, 2006–2007 Edition. Gretna, La: Pelican Pub. Co. p.547