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1859 Louisiana gubernatorial election
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Nominee Thomas Overton Moore Thomas Jefferson Wells
Party Democratic Know Nothing
Popular vote 16,306 10,805
Percentage 60.15% 39.85%

Governor before election

Robert C. Wickliffe

Elected Governor

Thomas Overton Moore

The 1859 Louisiana gubernatorial election was the third election to take place under the Louisiana Constitution of 1852. As a result of this election Thomas Overton Moore became Governor of Louisiana. This was the last Louisiana gubernatorial election before the outbreak of the Civil War.


Popular Vote[1]

Party Candidate Votes received Percentage
Democratic Thomas Overton Moore 16,306 60.15%
Know Nothing Thomas Jefferson Wells 10,805 39.85%
Total Vote 27,111
Preceded by
1855 Louisiana gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1863 Louisiana gubernatorial election (Confederate)


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