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Murphy J. Foster

Born: Jan 12, 1849

Death: Jun 12, 1921

Birthplace: Franklin

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Murphy J. Foster

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1849
Date of Death : Jun 12, 1921
Birth Place : Franklin

Murphy James Foster, I, was a Louisiana politician who served two terms as the 31st Governor of Louisiana from 1892 to 1900. Foster adopted the Louisiana Constitution of 1898, which effectively disfranchised the black majority, who comprised most of the Republicans, thus leading to Louisiana's becoming essentially a one-party state for several generations and excluding African Americans from the political system. Louisiana followed Mississippi and other southern states in adopting a new constitution with devices to disfranchise blacks, then a majority in the state, chiefly by making voter registration more difficult. This situation of discriminatory political exclusion was not corrected until after enforcement of constitutional rights by the federal government under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


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