William A. Robertson

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Dr. W. A. Robertson
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
& President of the Louisiana Senate
In office
October 16, 1881–December 24, 1881
Governor Samuel D. McEnery
Preceded by Samuel D. McEnery
Succeeded by George L. Walton
State Senator for St. Landry Parish
In office
Personal details
Born William Allen Robertson
(1837-10-22)October 22, 1837
South Windsor, Connecticut
Died October 26, 1889(1889-10-26) (aged 52)
near Washington, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Louisiana
Profession physician, surgeon

William Allen Robertson was President of the Louisiana State Senate and Acting Lieutenant Governor for two and a half months in 1881. He was born in Connecticut in 1837.[1]

Political career[edit]

Robertson was a State Senator representing St. Landry Parish. During the 1876 presidential election, Robertson, a prominent supporter of Democratic nominee Samuel J. Tilden, was accused of offering a bribe of $200,000 to federal election officials to fraudulently deliver Louisiana's electoral votes for the Democrats.[2]

Robertson was serving as President of the Senate when Governor Louis A. Wiltz died in 1881. Lieutenant Governor Samuel D. McEnery assumed the Governorship and Robertson became the Acting Lieutenant Governor. He was removed as President of the Senate and Acting Lieutenant Governor by a vote of that body on Dec. 24, 1881 and was replaced by Senator George L. Walton.[3]

Robertson was not reelected to the Louisiana Senate in 1884.

He died at his home in 1889.[4] He is buried in Metairie Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "A Congressman Confused" (PDF). New York Times. 2-3-1877. Retrieved 5-2-2009. 
  3. ^ "The Louisiana Senate" (PDF). New York Times. Dec 25, 1881. Retrieved 5-2-2009. 
  4. ^ "Dr. W. A. Robertson", The Lafayette Advertiser, Saturday, November 02, 1889, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States Of America
  5. ^ [2]
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel D. McEnerny (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

William A. Robertson (D)
October 16, 1881–December 24, 1881

Succeeded by
George L. Walton (D)