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Stephen Bennett Packard
2nd Unrecognized
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by William P. Kellogg
Governor by Election
Served from January 1877
Served to April 1877
Left Office by Abdicated
Succeeded by Francis T. Nicholls
 
Military U. S. Army - Captain Co. B
12th Maine Volunteers
Civil War
 
Born April 25, 1839
Auburn, Maine
Died January 31, 1922
Seattle, Washington
Cause  
Age 82
 
Party Radical Republican
Education Westbrook Academy
Profession Lawyer
 
Spouse Emma Francis Steele
Died November 12, 1907
Marshalltown, Iowa
Children 9
Religion  
Burial Washelli Columbarium
Genealogy  

1877

Stephen Bennett Packard is an unrecognized Governor of Louisiana resulting from a highly contested 1876  election versus Francis T. Nicholls.

Packard was a Captain in the Maine Volunteers during the civil war in a regiment reporting to General Butler.  A native of Maine, he arrived in New Orleans after the Civil War.  With his Gen. Butler relationship, he became New Orleans Judge-Advocate in 1864.

In 1867 he became a delegate to the state constitutional convention and then chairman of the Board of Registration, the administrator of civil affairs of the state until July 1868.  In 1871, President Grant appointed him U. S. Marshall.

By the end of the Gov. Warmoth administration in 1872, Packard had become a leader of the "Customhouse Ring", a Radical Republican faction opposed to Warmoth.  Packard supported the impeachment of Warmoth at the very end of Warmoth's term and then succeeded in having P. B. S. Pinchback recognized as governor for the thirty-five days left in Warmoth's term.

Packard then directed the gubernatorial campaign of William Pitt Kellogg against John McEnery in late 1872.  The result of that election was similar to what Packard would experience in his own campaign for governor, except with the opposite result.

Packard was a delegate to the Republican National Convention of 1876 where he eventually supported Blaine instead of Grant for president.

Elected and inaugurated as Governor of Louisiana in January 1877, Packard formed a legislature.  Nicholls also claimed to have won, was inaugurated and also formed a legislature.  This was a repeat of the 1873 election when both Kellogg and McEnery claimed the office of governor. 

This time President Grant refused to intervene in this hotly contested election versus Nicholls.  There were estimates that it would take 100,000 federal troops to impose Packard into office.

The Hayes-Tilden election for President was also undetermined with questionable results in several states including Louisiana.  Rutherford Hayes endorsed Nicholls in the "Compromise of 1877" and then withdrew remaining federal troops from Louisiana on April 29, 1877.


Even Pinchback backed Nicholls in the dispute.  Packard abdicated in April after
his legislature elected Kellogg to the U. S. Senate, his one success.

The Hayes administration offered the governorship of new territories of Washington
or Idaho or Wyoming as reward for Packard's abdication.  He turned that offer down and
instead chose to become the consul to England at Liverpool in 1878.

Packard returned to a large farm in Marshalltown, Iowa and by 1893 he was involved
in the State exhibit at the World's Exposition.  His daughter Ada Packard married 
Edson G. "Dad" Abbott in Marshalltown on August 7, 1889.  He remained
involved in several Expositions for the state and was elected a member of the
State Board of Agriculture.

The birth of three of his children are recorded in Mt. Olivet in New Orleans. They
are Blanche in 1869, Royal Briggs in 1874, Stephen, Jr, in 1871.  His wife, Emma
Steele, died in 1907, her location is unknown.  Packard died fifteen years later at
age 82 in 1927 in Seattle, Washington where his son, Stephen B. Packard, Jr.
was living.

Stephen, Jr., was born September 19, 1871 and died April 4, 1941 in Sedro Wooley,
Skagit, Washington.  Stephen, Jr. was a corporal in the 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry,
Co. H., and is buried in Washelli Columbarium and Creamatorium in Seattle,
Washington.

Stephen Bennett Packard, Sr. is with his son and two other children in beautiful
Washelli Columbarium as seen below.

Washelli Columbarium

Pictures by Brenda Spicer of Washelli Columbarium

 

PACKARD

Stephen B.      1839 - 1922
Blanche           1863 - 1925
Stephen B. Jr. 1871 - 1941
Walter S.          1875 - 1941


Pictures by Brenda Spicer of Washelli Columbarium

 


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