1896 Louisiana gubernatorial election

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Nominee Murphy J. Foster John N. Pharr
Party Democratic Populist
Alliance Republican
Popular vote 116,116 87,698
Percentage 56.92% 42.99%

The 1896 Louisiana gubernatorial election was held on April 21, 1896. Like most Southern states between Reconstruction and the civil rights era, Louisiana's Republican Party was virtually nonexistent in terms of electoral support. 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. However, the Republicans and Populists put forward a joint candidate, John N. Pharr. With combined Republican and Populist support Pharr garnered 43% of the vote, although the Democratic nominee, Murphy J. Foster was elected with 57% of the vote.


General Election, April 17[1]

Party Candidate Votes received Percent
Democratic Murphy J. Foster 116,116 56.92%
Populist/Republican John N. Pharr 87,698 42.99%
Independent A. B. Booth 176 0.09%


  1. ^ Frois, J. (2006). Louisiana Almanac: 2006-2007. Pelican Publishing Company. p. 543. ISBN 9781455607693. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
Preceded by
1892 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1900 gubernatorial election