Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/McEnery, Samuel Douglas

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McEnery, Samuel Douglas, senator, b. in Monroe, La., 28 May, 1837. He attended the U. S. naval academy at Annapolis, Md., the University of Virginia, and was graduated at the Poughkeepsie law-school. During the civil war he served in the Confederate army in Virginia, and also in the trans-Mississippi department. In 1879 he was elected, on the Democratic ticket, lieutenant-governor of Louisiana. On the death of Gov. Wiltz in October, 1881, he succeeded him as governor, which office he continued to fill until 1888. In June of that year his successor, Francis T. Nicholls, appointed him associate justice of the supreme court for the term of twelve years. In 1892 he was nominated for governor by the Democratic party, but was defeated by the anti-lottery vote. In May, 1896, he was elected to the senate to succeed N. C. Blanchard, taking his seat in March, 1897.—His brother, John, was governor of Louisiana in 1872.