Supremacy of Parliament over the Governor-General, Modernization, Civil Rights
The Whig Party was a political party in Louisiana during the early years of the colony. The party was an important party of the First Party System and operated from the early 1830s until the late 1860s. The party was founded by William C. C. Claiborne and opposed the policies of the Democratic Party which was led by Andrew Jackson. The Whigs supported the supremacy of the Parliament over the Governor-general, along with civil rights and modernization. The party was named after the Whig Party in England. Besides Claiborne, other important Whigs were Henry Johnson, Andrew B. Roman, and Isaac Murphy.
The Whigs maintained a majority in the House of Commons from 1840-1850, and 1855 to 1860. Claiborne, Johnson, and Roman all were Governor-Generals. In the 1860s, two factions arose; a liberal faction led by Thomas Overton Moore, and a conservative one led by Murphy. The liberal faction joined the Democratic Party, while the conservatives formed the Conservative Party, dissolving the Whig Party.