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Iowa Governors

Name of Governor Dates Party Territory or State
Robert Lucas 1838-1841 Democrat Territory
John Chambers 1841-1845 Whig Territory
James Clark 1845-1846
Territory
Ansel Briggs 1846-1850 Democrat State
Stephen P. Hempstead 1850-1854 Democrat State
James W. Grimes 1854-1858 Whig State
Ralph P. Lowe 1858-1860 Republican State
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood 1860-1864 Republican State
William M. Stone 1864-1868 Republican State
Samuel Merrill 1868-1872 Republican State
Cyrus C. Carpenter 1872-1876 Republican State
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood 1876-1877 Republican State
Joshua G. Newbold 1877-1878 Republican State
John Henry Gear 1878-1882 Republican State
Buren R. Sherman 1882-1886 Republican State
William Larrabee 1886-1890 Republican State
Horace Boies 1890-1894 Democrat State
Frank Darr Jackson 1894-1896 Republican State
Francis Marion Drake 1896-1898 Republican State
Leslie Mortier Shaw 1898-1902 Republican State
Albert Baird Cummins 1902-1908 Republican State
Warren Garst 1908-1909 Republican State
Beryl Franklin Carroll 1909-1913 Republican State
George W. Clarke 1913-1917 Republican State
William L. Harding 1917-1921 Republican State
Nathan E. Kendall 1921-1925 Republican State
John Hammill 1925-1931 Republican State
Daniel Turner 1931-1933 Republican State
Clyde L. Herring 1933-1937 Democrat State
Nelson G. Kraschel 1937-1939 Democrat State
George A. Wilson 1939-1943 Republican State
Bourke B. Hickenlooper 1943-1945 Republican State
Robert D. Blue 1945-1949 Republican State
William S. Beardsley 1949-1954 Republican State
Leo Elthon 1954-1955 Republican State
Leo A. Hoegh 1955-1957 Republican State
Herschel C. Loveless 1957-1961 Democrat State
Norman A. Erbe 1961-1963 Republican State
Harold E. Hughes 1963-1969 Democrat State
Robert D. Fulton 1969-1969 Democrat State
Robert D. Ray 1969-1983 Republican State
Terry Branstad 1983-1999 2011-present Republican State
Tom Vilsack 1999-2007 Democrat State
Chet Culver 2007-2011 Democrat State

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