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Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by Henry J. Warmoth
Governor by Succession
Served from December 8, 1872
Served to January 13, 1873
Left Office by Succession Term Ended
Succeeded by John McEnery
William P. Kellogg
Born May 10, 1837
near Macon, Georgia
Died December 21, 1921
Washington, D. C.
Age 84
Cause Long Illness
Party Republican
Education Straight University
Profession Lawyer
Spouse Nina Emily Hawthorne
Children 2 sons, 2 daughters
Religion Methodist Episcopal
Burial Metairie Cemetery

1872 - 1873

Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback, the 24th Governor of Louisiana and the first governor in the nation of African descent, died in 1921.  He is buried in the family tomb in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. 

This bronze sculpture stands in the State Capitol building remarkably adjacent to the statue of Henry Watkins Allen

The plaque on the sculpture pedestal has this engraving:

The Honorable P. B. S. Pinchback
Governor State of Louisiana
Presented by
The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana League of Good Government
July 30, 1976

Pinchback was a state senator when, in 1871 Lt. Governor Oscar Dunn, a physician and also of African descent, died of pneumonia.

The senate elected Pinchback to the position of Lt. Governor.

Governor Henry Clay Warmoth was  impeached at the end of his term in 1872.

Pinchback became acting Governor after Governor Warmoth was required  to step down until convicted of impeachment or until cleared of the charges.  As a result Governor Pinchback was in office for 36 days.

He was integral to the founding of Southern University.  He became an attorney, practicing law in Washington, D. C. until his death in 1921.  He was buried in this family tomb in Metairie Cemetery.  Metairie Cemetery was previously reserved only for whites.

Eliza Stewart
Mother of P. B. S. Pinchback
1814 - 1884

Nina Pinchback Combs
Sept. 1886 - June 1909

P. B. S. Pinchback
1837 - 1921

Nina E. Pinchback
1844 - 1928












Famous Creoles

La. Secretary of State

Men of Mark: Eminent, Progressive and Rising
National Governors Association


Proclamations, Injunctions, Petitions, Court
Pinchback - A Negative Viewpoint
Something About Pinchback
Packard Attempts Arrest of Pinchback - Nicholls Intervenes
Pinchback Son Charged With Forgery 2-10-1907
Death Notice 1
Death Notice 2

Pinchback's Life Recalled
Reconstructed Constitution of the State of Louisiana - Extract
(Pinchback at bottom center)


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