Newton Crain Blanchard
Newton Crain Blanchard.jpg
33rd Governor of Louisiana
In office
May 10, 1904 – May 12, 1908
LieutenantJared Y. Sanders, Sr.
Preceded byWilliam Wright Heard
Succeeded byJared Y. Sanders, Sr.
Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice
In office
Succeeded byAlfred D. Land
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
March 12, 1894 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byEdward D. White
Succeeded bySamuel D. McEnery
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 12, 1894
Preceded byJoseph B. Elam
Succeeded byHenry W. Ogden
Personal details
Born(1849-01-29)January 29, 1849
Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA
DiedJune 22, 1922(1922-06-22) (aged 73)
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery in Shreveport
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materTulane University Law School

Newton Crain Blanchard (January 29, 1849 – June 22, 1922) was a United States representative, U.S. senator, and the 33rd governor of Louisiana.

Personal life

Born in Rapides Parish in Central Louisiana, he completed academic studies, studied law in Alexandria in 1868, and graduated from the Tulane University Law School in 1870 (then named the University of Louisiana). He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Shreveport in 1871; in 1879 he was a delegate to the State constitutional convention.

Mary Emma Barrett
Mary Emma Barrett
Mary Ethel Blanchard
Mary Ethel Blanchard

In 1873 he married Mary Emma Barrett, the daughter of Capt. William W. Barrett, an officer in the Confederate army. Their daughter, Mary Ethel Blanchard, married Leonard Rutherford Smith.

Political career

Blanchard was elected as a Democrat to the 47th and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1881, until his resignation, effective March 12, 1894. While in the House of Representatives, he was chairman of the Committee on Rivers and Harbors (50th through 53rd Congresses). He was appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Douglass White, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Blanchard served in the Senate from March 12, 1894, to March 3, 1897; he was not a candidate for a full term in 1896. While in the Senate, Blanchard was chairman of the Committee on Improvement of the Mississippi River and its Tributaries (Fifty-third Congress).

Elected associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Blanchard served from 1897 to 1903, when he resigned. Blanchard became the highly qualified Democratic nominee for governor in 1904. He was elected and was governor from 1904 to 1908, and thereafter resumed the practice of law in Shreveport.

As governor, he appointed Sheriff David Theophilus Stafford of Rapides Parish, a son of Leroy Augustus Stafford, a Confederate brigadier general mortally wounded in the American Civil War, as the Louisiana adjutant general.[1]

In 1913, Blanchard was again a member of the State constitutional convention, this time serving as president. He died in Shreveport in 1922 and was interned at Greenwood Cemetery.


  1. ^ "David Theophilus Stafford". Louisiana Historical Association. Archived from the original on July 16, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
Party political offices Preceded byWilliam Wright Heard Democratic nominee for Governor of Louisiana 1904 Succeeded byJared Y. Sanders Sr. U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byJoseph Barton Elam Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 4th congressional district 1881–1894 Succeeded byHenry Warren Ogden U.S. Senate Preceded byEdward D. White U.S. senator (Class 3) from Louisiana 1894–1897 Served alongside: Donelson Caffery Succeeded bySamuel D. McEnery Preceded byWilliam Wright Heard Governors of Louisiana Newton Crain Blanchard 1900–1904 Succeeded byJared Y. Sanders, Sr.