List of colonial governors of Louisiana

This is a list of the colonial governors of Louisiana, from the founding of the first settlement by the French in 1699 to the territory's acquisition by the United States in 1803.

The French and Spanish governors administered a territory which was much larger than the modern U.S. state of Louisiana, comprising Louisiana (New France) and Louisiana (New Spain), respectively.

At the same time, there are parts of present-day Louisiana which were historically administered by other colonial powers, with the most prominent example being the area known as the Florida Parishes, north of Lake Pontchartrain and east of the Mississippi River. This territory was originally part of French Louisiana, but it belonged to the Kingdom of Great Britain for twenty years (1763–83) following the French and Indian War.

List

First French Louisiana (1682–1762)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office
1 No image Sauvolle
(1671–1701)
1699 1701
(Died in office)
2 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1701 1713
3 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
(1658–1730)
1713 1716
4 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1716 1717
5 No image Jean-Michel de Lepinay
(16??–17??)
1717 1718
6 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1718 1724
7 No image Pierre Dugué de Boisbriand
(1675–1736)
1724 1726
8 No image Étienne Périer
(1687–1766)
1726 1733
9 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
(1680–1767)
1733 1743
10 Marquis de Vaudreuil Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil-Cavagnial
(1698–1778)
1743 1753
11 No image Louis Billouart
(1704–1770)
1753 1763
12 Jean-JacquesBlaised%27abbadie Jean-Jacques Blaise d'Abbadie
(1726–1765)
1763 1765
(Died in office)
13 No image Charles Philippe Aubry
(17??–1770)
1765 1768

Spanish Louisiana (1762–1802)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office
14 Almirante Antonio de Ulloa Antonio de Ulloa
(1716–1795)
1766 1768
15 No image Charles Philippe Aubry
(17??–1770)
1768 1769
16 Alejandro O%27Reilly by Francisco Jos%C3%A9 de Goya Alejandro O'Reilly
(1722–1794)
1769 1769
17 No image Luis de Unzaga
(1721–1790)
1770 1777
18 Bernardo de G%C3%A1lvez Bernardo de Gálvez
(1746–1786)
1777 1785
19 Esteban Rodr%C3%ADguez Mir%C3%B3 Esteban Rodríguez Miró
(1744–1795)
1785 1791
20 Retrato del Bar%C3%B3n de Carondelet - An%C3%B3nimo (siglo XIX) Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet
(1748–1807)
1791 1797
21 Manuel-gayoso-de-lemos-governor-of-natchez Manuel Gayoso de Lemos
(1747–1799)
1797 1799
22 Francisco Bouligny Francisco Bouligny
(1736–1800)
1799 1799
23 No image Sebastián Calvo de la Puerta y O'Farrill
(1751–1820)
1799 1801
24 No image Juan Manuel de Salcedo
(1743–18??)
1801 1803

Second French Louisiana (1802–1804)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office
Laussat Pierre Clément de Laussat**
(1756–1835)
1803 1803

**Laussat was initially only to be the interim head of Louisiana until arrival of the Governor General Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte appointed by Napoleon. However, news of the Louisiana Purchase reached Bernadotte before he could sail from La Rochelle in May 1803.

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