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Biographies of these Governors

 

Name

Term

Party

Life

State of
Birth

Occupation

William Blount September 20, 1790 - March 30, 1796 Democratic-Republican 1749-1800 NC Soldier
John Sevier March 30, 1796 - September 23, 1801 Democratic-Republican 1745-1815 VA Soldier, pioneer
Archibald Roane September 23, 1801 - September 23, 1803 Democratic-Republican 1760-1819 PA Lawyer
John Sevier September 23, 1803 - September 20, 1809 Democratic-Republican 1745-1815 VA Soldier, pioneer
Willie Blount September 20, 1809 - September 27, 1815 Democratic-Republican 1768-1835 NC Lawyer, planter
Joseph McMinn September 27, 1815 - October 1, 1821 Democratic-Republican 1758-1824 PA Merchant
William Carroll October 1, 1821- October 1, 1827 Democratic-Republican 1788-1844 PA Merchant, soldier
Sam Houston October 1, 1827 - April 16, 1829 Democratic-Republican 1793-1863 VA Lawyer
William Hall April 16, 1829 - October 1, 1829 Democratic 1775-1856 NC Planter, soldier
William Carroll October 1, 1829 - October 12, 1835 Democratic 1788-1844 PA Merchant, soldier
Newton Cannon October 12, 1835 - October 14, 1839 Whig 1781-1841 NC Planter
James Knox Polk October 14, 1839 - October 15, 1841 Democratic 1795-1849 NC Lawyer
James Chamberlain Jones October 15, 1841 - October 14, 1845 Whig 1809-1859 TN Lawyer
Aaron Venable Brown October 14, 1845 - October 17, 1847 Democratic 1795-1859 VA Lawyer
Neill Smith Brown October 17, 1847 - October 16, 1849 Whig 1810-1886 TN Lawyer
William Trousdale October 16, 1849 - October 16, 1851 Democratic 1790-1872 NC Lawyer
William Bowen Campbell October 16, 1851 - October 17, 1853 Whig 1807-1867 TN Lawyer
Andrew Johnson October 17, 1853 - November 3, 1857 Democratic 1808-1875 NC Tailor, President
Isham Green Harris November 3, 1857 - March 12, 1862 Democratic 1818-1897 TN Lawyer, U.S. Senator
Andrew Johnson March 12, 1862 - March 4, 1865 Democratic/Military 1808-1875 NC Tailor, President
E. H. East March 4, 1865 - April 5, 1865 Republican 1830-1904    
William Gannaway Brownlow April 5, 1865 - February 25, 1869 Republican 1805-1877 VA Editor, preacher
Dewitt Clinton Senter February 25, 1869 - October 10, 1871 Republican 1830-1898 TN Lawyer
John Calvin Brown October 10, 1871 - January 18, 1875 Democratic 1827-1889 TN Lawyer
James Davis Porter, Jr. January 18, 1875 - February 16, 1879 Democratic 1828-1912 TN Lawyer, educator
Albert Smith Marks February 16, 1879 - January 17, 1881 Democratic 1836-1891 KY Lawyer, chancellor
Alvin Hawkins January 17, 1881 - January 15, 1883 Republican 1821-1905 KY Lawyer, judge
William B. Bate January 15, 1883 - January 17, 1887 Democratic 1826-1905 TN Lawyer, U.S. Senator
Robert Love Taylor January 17, 1887 - January 19, 1891 Democratic 1850-1912 TN Lawyer, U.S. Senator
John P. Buchanan January 19, 1891 - January 16, 1893 Farm-Labor 1847-1930 TN Farmer
Peter Turney January 16, 1893 - January 21, 1897 Democratic 1827-1903 TN Lawyer, judge
Robert Love Taylor January 21, 1897 - January 16, 1899 Democratic 1850-1912 TN Lawyer, U.S. Senator
Benton McMillin January 16, 1899 - 19-Jan-1903 Democratic 1845-1933 KY Lawyer, diplomat
James Beriah Frazier January 19, 1903 - 21-Mar-1905 Democratic 1856-1937 TN Lawyer, U.S. Senator
John Isaac Cox March 21, 1905 - 17-Jan-1907 Democratic 1855-1946 TN Lawyer
Malcolm Rice Patterson January 17, 1907 - 26-Jan-1811 Democratic 1861-1935 AL Lawyer, judge
Ben Walter Hooper January 26, 1911 - 17-Jan-1915 Republican 1870-1957 TN Lawyer
Tom Clarke Rye January 17, 1915 - 15-Jan-1919 Democratic 1863-1953 TN Lawyer, judge
Albert Houston Roberts January 15, 1919 - 15-Jan-1921 Democratic 1868-1946 TN Lawyer, judge
Alfred Alexander Taylor January 15, 1921 - 16-Jan-1923 Republican 1848-1931 TN Lawyer
Austin Peay January 16, 1923 - 3-Oct-1927 Democratic 1876-1927 KY Lawyer
Henry Hollis Horton October 3, 1927 - 17-Jan-1933 Democratic 1866-1934 AL Lawyer, farmer
Harry Hill McAlister January 17, 1933 - 15-Jan-1937 Democratic 1875-1959 TN Lawyer
Gordon Weaver Browning January 15, 1937 - 16-Jan-1939 Democratic 1889-1976 TN Lawyer, judge
William Prentice Cooper January 16, 1939 - 16-Jan-1945 Democratic 1895-1969 TN Lawyer
Jim Nance McCord January 16, 1945 - 16-Jan-1949 Democratic 1879-1968 TN Editor
Gordon Weaver Browning January 16, 1949 - 15-Jan-1953 Democratic 1889-1976 TN Lawyer, Judge
Frank Goad Clement January 15, 1953 - 19-Jan-1959 Democratic 1920-1969 TN Lawyer
Earl Buford Ellington January 19, 1959 - 19-Jan-1959 Democratic 1907-1972 MS Farmer
Frank Goad Clement January 15, 1963 - 16-Jan-1967 Democratic 1920-1969 TN Lawyer
Earl Buford Ellington January 16, 1967 - 16-Jan-1971 Democratic 1907-1972 MS Farmer
Bryant Winfield Culberson Dunn January 16, 1971 - 18-Jan-1975 Republican b. 1927 MS Dentist
Leonard Ray Blanton January 18, 1975 - 16-Jan-1979 Democratic 1930-1996 TN Farmer, businessman
Andrew Lamar Alexander January 16, 1979 - 17-Jan-1987 Republican b. 1940 TN Lawyer, US Senator
Ned Ray McWherter January 17, 1987 - 21-Jan-1995 Democratic b. 1930 TN Businessman
Donald Kenneth Sundquist January 21, 1995 - 18-Jan-1903 Republican b. 1936 IL Businessman
Phil Bredesen January 18, 2003 - 2011 Democratic b. 1943 NY Businessman
Bill Haslam January 15, 2011 - present Republican      

 


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