1892 Louisiana gubernatorial election

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Nominee Murphy J. Foster Samuel D. McEnery Albert Leonard
Party Independent Democrat Democratic Republican
Popular vote 79,407 47,046 29,648
Percentage 44.54% 26.39% 16.63%

Nominee John E. Breaux R. H. Tannehill
Party Independent Republican Populist
Popular vote 12,409 9,792
Percentage 6.96% 5.49%

Governor before election

Francis T. Nicholls

Elected Governor

Murphy J. Foster

The 1892 Louisiana gubernatorial election was held on April 19, 1892. Like most Southern states between Reconstruction and the civil rights era, Louisiana's Republican Party was virtually nonexistent in terms of electoral support. In addition, the Republican Party had split into two factions, each supporting a different candidate. As Louisiana had not yet adopted party primaries, this meant that the Democratic Party convention nomination vote was supposed to be the real contest over who would be governor. At the convention, pro-lottery former Governor Samuel D. McEnery was nominated. As a result of the nomination of a pro-lottery candidate, a group of anti-lottery Democrats nominated their own candidate, State Senator Murphy J. Foster. In addition to the four candidates already mentioned, the increasingly popular Populists nominated R. H. Tannehill and their candidate. Despite all of this, Senator Foster was elected with 45% of the vote with a comfortable 19% margin between him and McEnery, who placed second. This election marked the last time until 1979 that the official Democratic Party nominee was defeated.


General Election, April 17[1]

Party Candidate Votes received Percent
Anti-Lottery Democrat Murphy J. Foster 79,407 44.54%
Democratic Samuel D. McEnery 47,046 26.39%
Republican Albert H. Leonard 29,648 16.63%
Independent Republican John E. Breaux 12,409 6.96%
Populist R. H. Tannehill 9,792 5.49%


  1. ^ Frois, J. (2006). Louisiana Almanac: 2006-2007. Pelican Publishing Company. p. 543. ISBN 9781455607693. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
Preceded by
1888 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1896 gubernatorial election