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1916 Louisiana gubernatorial election

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Ruffin Golson Pleasant.jpg
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Nominee Ruffin G. Pleasant John M. Parker
Party Democratic Progressive
Popular vote 80,807 48.085
Percentage 62.51% 37.50%

Governor before election

Luther E. Hall

Elected Governor

Ruffin G. Pleasant

The 1916 Louisiana gubernatorial election was held on April 18, 1916. Like most Southern states between the Reconstruction Era and the Civil Rights Movement, Louisiana's Republican Party was virtually nonexistent in terms of electoral support. This meant that the Democratic Party primary held on January 25 was supposed to be the real contest over who would be governor. However, in this particular election Progressive Party nominee John M. Parker ran an unusually competitive campaign, garnering 37% of the general election vote. The election resulted in the election of Democrat Ruffin G. Pleasant as governor of Louisiana.


Democratic Party Primary, January 25[1]

Candidate Votes received Percent
Ruffin G. Pleasant 84,407 73.71%
Thomas C. Barret 30,112 26.29%

General Election, April 18[2]

Party Candidate Votes received Percent
Democratic Ruffin G. Pleasant 80,807 62.51%
Progressive John M. Parker 48,085 37.20%
Independent Horace Noonan 357 0.28%


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - LA Governor - D Primary Race - Jan 25, 1916".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - LA Governor Race - Apr 18, 1916".
Preceded by
1912 gubernatorial election
Louisiana gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1920 gubernatorial election