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William Pitt Kellogg
25th
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by P. B. S. Pinchback
Governor by Presidential declaration
Served from January 14, 1873
Served to January 8, 1877
Left Office by Term Ended
Succeeded by Stephen B. Packard
Francis T. Nicholls
 
Born
Location
December 8, 1830
Orwell, Vermont
Died
Location
August 10, 1918
Washington, D. C.
Age 88
Cause  
 
Party Republican
Education Norwich Military Institute
Profession Lawyer
 
Spouse Mary Ellen Wills
Children Unknown
Religion Congregationalist
Burial Arlington National Cemetery

1873 - 1877

William Pitt Kellogg, the 25th Governor of Louisiana, died in 1918 in Washington, D. C. and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Kellogg is the right figure in this bronze relief and John McEnery is to his left.  These two individuals both declared victory in the   governor's election of 1872.  McEnery was supported by Governor Warmoth who had long standing animosity with President Grant.  Kellogg on the other hand was in the U. S. Senate and a supporter of President Grant.

The State Returning Board, controlled by Governor Warmoth, declared McEnery the victor.  The State Returning Board had previously been the official vote tabulating office of the state but had not been so previously controlled by a governor.  Kellogg obtained an injunction preventing the State Returning Board from officially declaring McEnery the victor.   A rival board was formed, but with no ballots to review, remarkably found Kellogg the victor.

Neither party acquiesced, both parties declared victory,  Both had inauguration ceremonies.  Rival legislatures were formed and passed laws.  Two rival governments then existed. The U. S. Congress investigated.  Its majority found that the McEnery ticket should be recognized or a new election held, but Congress had no authority to act.

President Grant sent General Emery and troops to suppress the McEnery faction which was on the verge of armed conflict. 

President Grant declared Kellogg the victor by executive order on September 20, 1873.  Kellogg was later impeached by the House of Representatives but the Senate failed to convict.

It would be 110 years before Louisiana would elect the next Republican governor. 


William Pitt Kellogg



His Wife
MARY ELLEN WILLS
February 9, 1836
March 15, 1918



William Pitt Kellogg
December 8, 1830
August 10, 1918

A plaque on the back of William Pitt Kellogg tomb

CHIEF JUSTICE OF NEBRASKA,
COLLECTOR OF THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS,
GOVERNOR, UNITED STATES SENATOR AND
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM LOUISIANA.


The plaque in front of the tomb.

WILLIAM PITT KELLOGG
COLONEL SEVENTH ILLINOIS CAVALRY.

 


Biographies

News

Death of Durand Daponte
- Daily Journal, August 8, 1894
Durand Daponte Calls Kellogg Liar - Indian Sentinel, December 20, 1872
Ex-Gov. Kellogg Offends Pres. Harrison - 1889
Carpet Baggers and Scalawags
General Emery and Troops Arrive to Reinstall Kellogg as Governor

Kellogg and Major E. A. Burke Exchange Gunfire
Kellogg Brief to Congress Re: McEnery Claim as Governor
Kellogg Will Leaves $200,000 Cash and $1,000,000 of Property - 1918
La. House Votes to Impeach Kellogg Attempting to Void Wheeler Compromise
Mini Obit - 1918
Warmoth Election Board Barred from Announcing Election Results
- November 11, 1872

 

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