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Governors of Utah Territory

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. Utah's territorial governors represent a wide range of capabilities and accomplishments.

Name
Took Office
Left Office
Party
Biography
Brigham Young
1850
1858

Yes
Alfred Cumming
1858
1861
Democrat
Yes
John W. Dawson
1861
1862
Democrat/Republican
Yes
Stephen Selwyn Harding
1862
1863
Liberal
Yes
James Duane Doty
1863
1865
Democrat
Yes
Charles Durkee
1865
1869
Liberal/Republican
Yes
John Wilson Shaffer
1870
1870

Yes
Vernon H. Vaughan
1870
1871

Yes
George Lemuel Woods
1871
1875
Republican
Yes
Samuel Beach Axtell
1875
1875
Democrat
Yes
George W. Emery
1875
1880

Yes
Eli Houston Murray
1880
1886

Yes
Caleb Walton West
1886
1888

Yes
Arthur Lloyd Thomas
1889
1893

Yes
Caleb Walton West
1893
1896

Yes


Governors of Utah Since Statehood

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


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


Source: Wikipedia
Submitted and transcribed by Barb Ziegenmeyer


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