Newton C. Blanchard

Newton Crain Blanchard
33rd Governor of Louisiana
In office
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
In office
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
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
In office
March 4, 1881  March 12, 1894
Preceded by Joseph B. Elam
Succeeded by Henry W. Ogden
Personal details
Born (1849-01-29)January 29, 1849
Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died June 22, 1922(1922-06-22) (aged 73)
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport
Political party Democratic
Residence Shreveport, Louisiana
Alma mater Tulane University Law School
Occupation Attorney

Newton Crain Blanchard (January 29, 1849  June 22, 1922) was a United States Representative, Senator, and the 33rd Governor of Louisiana.

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.

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. Blancard 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 1907, Blanchard appointed Ewald Max Hoyer, a Shreveport businessman, as the first mayor of Bossier City at its incorporation as a town.[2]

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 there.


  1. "David Theophilus Stafford". Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. Louise Stinson. "Bossier City History". Retrieved February 12, 2015.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Barton Elam
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Warren Ogden
United States Senate
Preceded by
Edward D. White
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Donelson Caffery
Succeeded by
Samuel D. McEnery
Preceded by
William Wright Heard
Governors of Louisiana

Newton Crain Blanchard

Succeeded by
Jared Y. Sanders, Sr.
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