New Orleans Incorporated: 200 Years of the City Charter
Louisiana Division | New Orleans Public Library

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The 1954 Charter limited the Mayor to two consecutive terms in office. After Mayor Morrison lost his third and final bid for the Louisiana Governor’s office (in 1960), he decided to seek a charter amendment that would allow him to run for another four-years in City Hall. A sometimes bitter campaign led up to the April 15, 1961 election with local politicians taking sides pro (1st image) and con (2nd image) on the issue. When the votes were counted the amendment—and Chep Morrison—had gone down to defeat. Within two months of this setback Morrison would resign to become U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States.
          [Mayor DeLesseps S. Morrison Records]

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