List of colonial governors of Louisiana

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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.


First French Louisiana (1682–1762)

Took officeLeft office
1 No image.svg Sauvolle
(Died in office)
2 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
3 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac.jpg Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac
4 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
5 No image.svg Jean-Michel de Lepinay
6 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
7 No image.svg Pierre Dugué de Boisbriand
8 No image.svg Étienne de Perier
9 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.jpg Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
10 Marquis de Vaudreuil.jpg Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil-Cavagnial
11 No image.svg Louis Billouart
12 Jean-JacquesBlaised'abbadie.jpg Jean-Jacques Blaise d'Abbadie
(Died in office)
13 No image.svg Charles Philippe Aubry

Spanish Louisiana (1762–1802)

Took officeLeft office
14 Almirante Antonio de Ulloa.jpg Antonio de Ulloa
15 No image.svg Charles Philippe Aubry
16 Alejandro O'Reilly by Francisco Jose de Goya.jpg Alejandro O'Reilly
17 No image.svg Luis de Unzaga
18 Bernardo de Galvez.png Bernardo de Gálvez
19 Esteban Rodriguez Miro.jpg Esteban Rodríguez Miró
20 Retrato del Baron de Carondelet - Anonimo (siglo XIX).jpg Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet
21 Manuel-gayoso-de-lemos-governor-of-natchez.jpg Manuel Gayoso de Lemos
22 Francisco Bouligny.jpg Francisco Bouligny
23 No image.svg Sebastián Calvo de la Puerta y O'Farrill
24 No image.svg Nicolás María Vidal (Acting Civil Governor)
25 No image.svg Juan Manuel de Salcedo

Second French Louisiana (1802–1804)

Took officeLeft office
Laussat.jpg Pierre Clément de Laussat**

**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 Sale of Louisiana reached Bernadotte before he could sail from La Rochelle in May 1803.

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