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Utah Governors
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During the territorial period, from 1850 to 1895, Utah's governors were appointed by the president of the United States. With the exception of Brigham Young, all the governors were outsiders and nonMormons. Often referred to as carpetbaggers, most had practiced law and pursued political office before arriving in Utah. A patronage appointment, the governorship of Utah was a difficult and geographically remote assignment, and some of those willing to accept posts in the western territories were of marginal ability and character.

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Governors of Utah Territory

Name

Took Office

Left Office

Party

 
Brigham Young 1850 1858    
Alfred Cumming 1858 1861 Democrat  
John W. Dawson 1861 1862 Democrat/Republican  
Stephen Selwyn Harding 1862 1863 Liberal  
James Duane Doty 1863 1865 Democrat  
Charles Durkee 1865 1869 Liberal/Republican  
John Wilson Shaffer 1870 1870    
Vernon H. Vaughan 1870 1871    
George Lemuel Woods 1871 1875 Republican  
Samuel Beach Axtell 1875 1875 Democrat  
George W. Emery 1875 1880    
Eli Houston Murray 1880 1886    
Caleb Walton West 1886 1888    
Arthur Lloyd Thomas 1889 1893    
Caleb Walton West 1893 1896    

Governors of Utah Since Statehood
The State of Utah was Admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896.

Name

Took Office

Left Office

Party

Lieutenant Governor

Heber Manning Wells 1896 1905 Republican None
John Christopher Cutler 1905 1909 Republican None
William Spry 1909 1917 Republican None
Simon Bamberger 1917 1921 Democrat None
Charles Rendell Mabey 1921 1925 Republican None
George Henry Dern 1925 1933 Democrat None
Henry Hooper Blood 1933 1941 Democrat None
Herbert Brown Maw 1941 1949 Democrat None
Joseph Bracken Lee 1949 1957 Republican None
George Dewey Clyde 1957 1965 Republican None
Calvin Lewellyn Rampton 1965 1977 Democrat Clyde L. Miller
Scott Milne Matheson 1977 1985 Democrat David S. Monson
Norman Howard Bangerter 1985 1993 Republican W. Val Oveson
Michael Okerlund Leavitt 1993 2003 Republican Olene S. Walker
Olene Smith Walker 2003 2005 Republican Gayle McKeachnie
John Meade Huntsman, Jr. 2005 2009 Republican Gary R. Herbert
Gary R. Herbert 2009 Incumbant Republican Greg Bell
Spencer Cox (Oct 2013-present)


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