Warmoth, Henry Clay

Warmoth, Henry Clay

(1842–1931) governor; born in MacLeansboro, Ill. A self-taught lawyer, he fought for the Union with the Missouri Volunteers (1862–65). He moved to New Orleans in 1865, where he specialized in military and government law. As the Republican governor of Louisiana (1868–72), he squandered state money on the railroads and alienated both white and black voters with his lukewarm support for civil rights. Impeached in 1872, he left public life to run his sugar plantation and refinery.