Since Pierre le Moyne, Sieur
d?Iberville, first held the office, the governorship of Louisiana has been
occupied by a succession of influential figures. First the French, then the
Spanish, and finally the Americans presided over the affairs of the developing
state. This diversity of cultures, reflected in the people who have occupied the
state?s highest office, remains one of the strengths of modern Louisiana.
Many of Louisiana?s governors were
capable leaders whose constructive actions contributed to the development of the
state. Theirs are the accomplishments that remain etched in the history of a
progressive, diverse people. A few were men of uncommon skill, foresight, and
determination. Their forceful leadership often transcended the boundaries of the
state and influenced national and international affairs. However, not all
governors were equal to the tasks that faced them, and little evidence has
endured to inform us about their unsuccessful terms in office.
The Governors of Louisiana
presents concise biographical sketches and photographs of each of the Pelican
State?s governors, beginning with Pierre le Moyne in 1699. Twenty-nine of the
photographs show the bronze bas-relief portraits of the governors that are cast
on the elevator doors at the Capitol building in Baton Rouge. This updated
edition includes Kathleen Blanco, the present governor and first woman elected
to that office in Louisiana.
The other volumes in this series,
The Governors of Alabama ($19.95 pb [F]), The Governors of
Mississippi ($19.95 pb [F]), The Governors of Tennessee: 2nd
Edition ($19.95 pb), and The Governors of Texas ($19.95 pb
[F]), are also available from Pelican.
About the Author
Miriam G. Reeves, now deceased, was
a native of East Feliciana Parish and a lifelong student of her home state. She
held a bachelor of arts degree from Centenary College and a master of science
from Louisiana State University, and she pursued postgraduate work at Columbia
University. Ms. Reeves served for many years with the Louisiana State Department
GOVERNORS OF LOUISIANA - 6th Edition
Miriam G. Reeves
136 pp. 5? x 8?
45 photos - 16 illustrations - Index
EAN: 978-1-58980-262-9 hc