The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
including Baton Rouge, Baker, Zachary
Mayor-Presidents, Mayors, Postmasters

Mayor-Presidents of East Baton Rouge Parish, 1949-2014 (may be incomplete!)
Powers Higginbotham 1949-52 Jesse L. Webb, Jr. 1953-56 Frank McConnel 1956 Mary Eustus Jones Webb 1956 Jack Christian 1957-64 W. W. Dumas 1965-80 Pat Screen 1981-88 Tom Ed McHugh 1989-2000 Bobby Simpson 2001-04 Kip Holden 2005-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1956 Apr 28: Jesse L. Webb, Jr., died in office.
  • 1956 Aug 22: Jack Christian, elected.
  • 1964 Aug 29: W. W. Dumas, elected; Jack Christian, defeated.
  • 1976: W. W. Dumas, elected.
  • 1980: Pat Screen, elected.
  • 1984: Pat Screen, elected.
  • 1988 Oct 1: Tom Ed McHugh (Dem), advanced to runoff; W. W. Dumas (Dem), advanced to runoff; M. A. 'Mike' Cross (Dem), defeated; Fred Benton (Dem), defeated; Bill Howe (Rep), defeated; Carl Crane (Rep), defeated; E. Happy Abdelbaki, defeated.
  • 1988 Nov 8: Tom Ed McHugh (Dem), elected; W. W. Dumas (Dem), defeated.
  • 1992 Oct 3: Tom Ed McHugh (Dem), elected; Ron Johnson (Dem), defeated; Kim P. Carmouche (Rep), defeated.
  • 1996 Sep 21: Tom Ed McHugh (Rep), elected; Kip Holden (Dem), defeated.
  • 2000 Oct 7: Kip Holden (Dem), advanced to runoff; Bobby Simpson (Rep), advanced to runoff; Rolfe H. McCollister, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Donna M. Mayeux (Dem), defeated; Roxson Welch (Rep), defeated; Fred C. Dent, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 2000 Nov 7: Bobby Simpson (Rep), elected; Kip Holden (Dem), defeated.
  • 2004 Sep 18: Kip Holden (Dem), advanced to runoff; Bobby Simpson (Rep), advanced to runoff; William Daniel (Dem), defeated; Nat Bankston (Rep), defeated; John B. Fontenot (Rep), defeated; Leroy Davis (Dem), defeated; Stephanie J. Greco, defeated.
  • 2004 Nov 2: Kip Holden (Dem), elected; Bobby Simpson (Rep), defeated.
  • 2008 Oct 4: Kip Holden (Dem), elected; Daniel G. Kyle (Rep), defeated; Wayne Carter (Rep), defeated; Ron Johnson (Dem), defeated.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Kip Holden (Dem), elected; J. Michael Walker, Sr. (Rep), defeated; Gordon Mese, defeated; Steve Myers, defeated.

    Baton Rouge
    (part of East Baton Rouge Parish)

    Mayors of Baton Rouge, 1850-1948 (may be incomplete!)
    John R. Dufrocq 1850-55 Joseph Monget 1855-57 Edward Cousinard 1857-59 James E. Elam 1859-62 B. F. Bryan 1862-65 Jordan Holt 1865 James E. Elam 1865-69 O. P. Skolfield 1869-70 James E. Elam 1870-72 Henry Schorten 1872 James E. Elam 1872-73 Henry Schorten 1873-76 Leon Jastremski 1876-82 J. C. Charlotte 1882-83 William S. Booth 1883-84 G. L. Vay 1884-88 B. F. Bryan 1888-90 G. L. Vay 1890-94 B. F. Bryan 1894-96 John J. Wax 1896-98 Robert A. Hart 1898-1902 R. L. Pruyn 1902-03 W. H. Bynum 1903-10 Jules Roux 1910-13 Alex Grouchy, Jr. 1913-22 Turner Bynum 1922-23 W. H. Bynum 1923-24 Henry Fuqua 1924-26 W. H. Bynum 1926-40 Fred S. LeBlanc 1941-44 Powers Higginbotham 1944-48

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1873 Jul 31: James E. Elam, died in office.

    Postmasters at Baton Rouge, 1812-1969 (may be incomplete!)
    James Chauveau 1812-13 Isaiah Nelson 1813 James Converse 1813-15 Ezekiel Alexander 1815-18 William White 1818-21 Hugh Alexander 1821-28 Stephen Henderson, Jr. 1828-29 Hugh Alexander 1829-35 Abel Waddill 1835-41 Moses L. Meeker 1841-43 Hugh T. Waddill 1843-46 George A. Pike 1846-50 John C. La None 1850-53 Joseph McCormick 1853-61 Christopher G. Breckinridge 1865-68 Orton Hackett 1868-69 John O'Connor 1869-76 Charles G. Pages 1876-77 John O'Connor 1877 Alexander Smith 1877-81 Samuel H. B. Schoonmaker 1881-84 Alexander Smith 1884-87 Abner L. D. Conrad 1887-89 Oscar H. Forman 1889-90 Alexander J. McGregor 1890 Alexander Smith 1890-93 Joseph E. Blouin 1893-98 Alexander Smith 1898-1902 James B. Burnett 1902 Frank E. Posey 1902-10 Edward M. Burnett 1910-13 Samuel Y. Watson 1913-31 Charles F. A. Brown 1931 Charles F. A. Brown 1931-36 Robert Lee Pettit 1936-37 Percy J. Landry 1937-38 Robert Lee Pettit 1938-43 Joe W. Bates 1943 Mabel J. Bates 1943-47 Murray B. McCarley 1947-52 Ernest L. Roberts 1952-53 Alton L. Lea 1953-54 Alton L. Lea 1954-69

    (part of East Baton Rouge Parish)

    Mayors of Baker, 1992-2000 (may be incomplete!)
    Bobby Simpson 1992-2000

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1996 Mar 12: Bobby Simpson (Rep), elected; Lamon L. Moody, Jr. (Rep), defeated.

    Postmasters at Baker, 1889-1901 (may be incomplete!)
    John B. Merritt as of 1889 John B. Merritt as of 1901

    (part of East Baton Rouge Parish)

    Postmasters at Zachary, 1887-1901 (may be incomplete!)
    James M. Loudon as of 1887-89 James A. Montegudo as of 1901

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