The 1895 Mississippi gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1895, in order to elect the
Governor of Mississippi. Incumbent Democrat
John Marshall Stone was term-limited, and could not run for reelection to a second consecutive term.
state constitution was adopted in 1890, which extended Stone's term to six years. Determined to keep control and maintain
white supremacy, the Democratic-dominated legislature effectively
disfranchised most African Americans in the state by adding a requirement to the constitution for voter registration for payment of
poll taxes. Two years later, they passed laws requiring
literacy tests (administered by white officials in a discriminatory way), and
grandfather clauses (the latter benefited white citizens). These requirements, with additions in legislation of 1892, resulted in a
90% reduction in the number of blacks who voted in Mississippi. In every county a handful of prominent black ministers and local leaders were allowed to vote. African Americans were essentially excluded from the political system for 70 years, until after passage of federal civil rights legislation in the mid-1960s.
In the general election, Democratic candidate
Anselm J. McLaurin, a former U.S. Senator, defeated Populist nominee
Frank Burkitt, a newspaper editor and state representative.