Newton C. Blanchard
Newton Crain Blanchard
|33rd Governor of Louisiana|
May 10, 1904 – May 12, 1908
|Lieutenant||Jared Y. Sanders, Sr.|
|Preceded by||William Wright Heard|
|Succeeded by||Jared Y. Sanders, Sr.|
|Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice|
|United States Senator|
March 12, 1894 – March 3, 1897
|Preceded by||Edward D. White|
|Succeeded by||Samuel D. McEnery|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Louisiana's 4th district
March 4, 1881 – March 12, 1894
|Preceded by||Joseph B. Elam|
|Succeeded by||Henry W. Ogden|
|Born||January 29, 1849|
|Died||June 22, 1922 (aged 73)|
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
|Resting place||Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport|
|Alma mater||Tulane University Law School|
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.
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.
Blanchard was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh 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 (Fiftieth through Fifty-third 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.
In 1908, he attended the Conference of Governors held in Washington, D.C., to promote conservation. Technically his term as governor had ended the day before U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt convened the meeting in the White House.
In 1913, Blanchard was again a member of the State constitutional convention, this time serving as president. He died in Shreveport in 1922; interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Newton C. Blanchard (id: B000541)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Joseph Barton Elam
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district
Henry Warren Ogden
Edward D. White
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Donelson Caffery
Samuel D. McEnery
William Wright Heard
| Governors of Louisiana
Newton Crain Blanchard
Jared Y. Sanders, Sr.