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Democrats sweep to power in the accelerated New Orleans city elections.

John Tompkins Monroe, detail
03/12/1866

The Louisiana legislature had over-ridden a veto from Governor Wells to provide New Orleans with early municipal elections.  As Republicans feared, Democrats won all but a few elections across the city with John T. Monroe returning as Mayor.  Monroe was temporarily barred from taking office when military authorities questioned his Confederate past but President Johnson communicated that there was no reason for delay and Monroe was sworn in on March 19, 1866 along with a city council under complete Democratic Party control. Monroe was later removed as mayor, however, in March 1867, under the Reconstruction Act. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Louisiana," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 448-449.

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