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Governors of Virginia
1607-2016


BIOGRAPHIES


COLONIAL GOVERNORS: 1607-1775.

NOTE.A figure in parentheses following: a name indicates that the governor thus marked had held the office before.
Example: 16. Sir George Yeardley (11.14,) indicates that in addition to being the sixteenth governor, Yeardley has also been the eleventh and fourteenth.

Name And Title, Date In Office

01 Edward Maria Wingfield, President of Council, May 13, 1607 - September 10, 1607.
02 John Ratcliffe, President of Council, September 10, 1607 - September 7, 1608.
03 Captain John Smith, President of Council September 10, 1608 - August, 1609.
04 Captain George Percy, President of Council, August, 1607 - May, 1610.
05 Sir Thomas Gates, Lieut. Gen. and Deputy Gov., May, 1610 - June 10, 1610.
06 Sir Thomas West (Lord Delaware), Gov. & Capt.-Gen.June 10, 1610 - March 25, 1611.
07 Captain George Percy (4) Deputy Governor, March 28, 1611 - May 19, 1611.
08 Sir Thomas Dale, Acting Governor, May 17, 1611 - August 16, 1611.
09 Sir Thomas Gates (5), Acting Governor, August, 1611 - March, 1613.
10 Sir Thomas Dale (8), Acting Governor, March, 1613 - April, 1616.
11 Captain George Yeardley, Deputy Governor, April, 1616 - May, 1617.
12 Captain Samuel Argall, Deputy Governor, May, 1617 - April, 1619.
13 Captain Nathaniel Powell, President Virginia Coun., April 7, 1617 - April 19, 1619.
14 Sir George Yeardley (11, Gov. and Capt.-Gen., April 17, 1617 - November 8, 1621.
15 Sir Francis Wyatt, Gov. and Capt.-Gen., November 8, 1621 - May 17, 1626.
16 Sir George Yeardley, (11, 14), Gov. and Capt.-Gen., May 17, 1626 - November 14, 1627.
17 Captain Francis West, President Virginia Council, November 17, 1627 - March 5, 1629.
18 Dr. John Potts, President Virginia Council March 3, 1627 - March, 1630.
19 Sir John Harvey, Governor and Captain-General, March, 1630 - April, 1635.
20 Captain John West, President of Council April 28, 163 - April 2, 1636.
21 Sir John Harvey (19), Governor and Captain-General, April 2, 1636 - November, 1639.
22 Sir Francis Wyatt (15), Governor and Captain-General, November 1639 - February, 1642.
23 Sir William Berkeley, Gov. and Capt. Gen February, 1642 - June, 1644.
24 Richard Kemper, Pres. Council and Acting Gov. June, 1644 - June, 1645.
25 Sir William Berkeley (23), Governor June, 1645 - April 30, 1652.
26 Richard Bennet, Acting Governor, April 30, 1652 - March, 1655.
27 Edward Digges, President Council and Governor, March, 1655 - March 13, 1658.
28 Captain Samuel Matthews, President Council, March 13, 1658 - January, 1660.
29 Sir William Berkeley (23, 25), Governor March 13, 1660 - April 30, 1661.
30 Col. Francis Morrison, Deputy Governor March 23, 1661 - December 23, 1662.
31 Sir William Berkeley (23, 25, 29), Governor December 23, 1662 - April 27, 1677.
32 Sir Herbert Jeffries, Lieutenant-Governor, April 27, 1677 - December 30, 1678.
33 Sir Henry Chicheley, Deputy Governor, December 30, 1678 - May 10, 1680.
34 Thomas, Lord Culpeper, a Gov. and Capt. Gen. May 10, 1680 - September 17, 1683.
35 Nicholas Spencer, President Council September 17, 1683 - April 16, 1684.
36 Francis, Lord Howard, Lieutenant Governor, April 16, 1684 - October 20, 1688.
37 Nathaniel Bacon, President Council, October 20, 1688 - October 16, 1690.
38 Sir Francis Nicholson, Lieutenant Governor, October 16, 1690 - October 16, 1693.
39 Sir Edmund Andros, Governor October 16, 1693 - December 9, 1698.
40 George H. Douglas, b Earl of Orkney, Gov.-in-Chief, (1697-1734).
41 Sir Francis Nicholson (38), Lieutenant Governor, December 9, 1698 - August 15, 1705.
42 Edward Nott, Lieutenant Governor, August 15, 1705 - August, 1706.
43 Edmund Jennings, President of Council, August, 1706 - June 23, 1710.
44 Robert Hunter, Lieutenant Governor April 4, 1707.
45 Alexander Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor June 23, 1710 - September 27, 1772.
46 Hugh Drysdale, Lieutenant Governor, September 27, 1722 - July 22, 1726.
47 Robert Carter, President of Council, July 3, 1726 - October 13, 1727.
48 William Gooch, Lieutenant Governor, October 23, 1727 - June, 1740.
49 William Anne Keppel, Governor-in-Chief, (September 6, 1737 - December 23, 1754)
50 James Blair, President of Council, June, 1740 - July, 1741.
51 William Gooch (178), Lieutenant Governor, July, 1741 - June 20, 1749.
52 John Robinson, President of Council, June 20, 1749 - September 5, 1749.
53 Thomas Lee, President of Council September 5, 1749 - February 12, 1751.
54 Lewis Burwell, President of Council, February 12, 1751 - November 20, 1751.
55 Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor November 20, 1751 - January, 1758
56 John Campbell, Earl of Loudoun, c Governor, (July 1756-1768).
57 John Blair, President Council January, 1758 - June 7, 1758.
58 Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor June 7, 1758 - March 3, 1768.
59 Sir Geoffrey Amherst, Governor-in-Chief, (1763-1768).
60 John Blair, (57), President of Council, March 3, 1768  -  October 1768.
61 Norberne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, Gov.-in-Chief, October 28, 1768 - October 15, 1770.
62 William Nelson, President of Council, October 15, 1770 - August, 1771
63 John Murray, Earl Dunmore, Governor, July, 1771 - June, 1775.
64 Peyton Randolph, President Virginia Convention, August, 1774 - July, 1775.
65 Edmund Pendleton, President Virginia Convention, December, 1775 - May, 1776.

[Source:  Virginia County Names; by Charles Massie Long, M.A. PhD.; publ. 1908; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Governors
Source:  wikipedia

1 Patrick Henry July 5, 1776 June 1, 1779 No party First under 1776 constitution (limit of 3 one-year terms)
2 Thomas Jefferson June 1, 1779 June 3, 1781 No party
3 William Fleming June 3, 1781 June 12, 1781 No party
4 Thomas Nelson, Jr. June 12, 1781 November 22, 1781 No party
5 Benjamin Harrison V December 1, 1781 December 1, 1784 No party
6 Patrick Henry December 1, 1784 December 1, 1786 No party Re-elected after 5-year hiatus (1 more than constitutional minimum)
7 Edmund Randolph December 1, 1786 December 1, 1788 No party First under U.S. statehood
8 Beverley Randolph December 1, 1788 December 1, 1791 No party
9 Henry Lee III December 1, 1791 December 1, 1794 Federalist
10 Robert Brooke December 1, 1794 December 1, 1796 Democratic-Republican
11 James Wood December 1, 1796 December 1, 1799 Federalist
12 James Monroe December 19, 1799 December 1, 1802 Democratic-Republican
13 John Page December 1, 1802 December 7, 1805 Democratic-Republican
14 William H. Cabell December 7, 1805 December 1, 1808 Democratic-Republican
15 John Tyler, Sr. December 1, 1808 January 15, 1811 Democratic-Republican
16 James Monroe January 19, 1811 April 3, 1811 Democratic-Republican
17 George William Smith April 3, 1811 December 26, 1811 Democratic-Republican Acting Governor (member of Council of State) Later elected in his own right Died in office
18 James Barbour January 3, 1812 December 1, 1814 Democratic-Republican
19 Wilson Cary Nicholas December 1, 1814 December 1, 1816 Democratic-Republican
20 James Patton Preston December 1, 1816 December 1, 1819 Democratic-Republican
21 Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. December 1, 1819 December 1, 1822 Democratic-Republican
22 James Pleasants December 1, 1822 December 10, 1825 Democratic-Republican Resigned U.S. Senate to assume Governorship
23 John Tyler December 10, 1825 March 4, 1827 Democratic-Republican Resigned to enter U.S. Senate
24 William Branch Giles March 4, 1827 March 4, 1830 Democratic
25 John Floyd March 4, 1830 March 31, 1834 Democratic First under 1830 constitution
26 Littleton Waller Tazewell March 31, 1834 April 30, 1836 Whig
Wyndham Robertson April 30, 1836 March 31, 1837 Whig Acting Governor
27 David Campbell March 31, 1837 March 31, 1840 Democratic
28 Thomas Walker Gilmer March 31, 1840 March 20, 1841 Whig
29 James McDowell January 1, 1843 January 1, 1846 Democratic
30 William Smith January 1, 1846 January 1, 1849 Democratic
31 John B. Floyd January 1, 1849 January 16, 1852 Democratic
32 Joseph Johnson January 16, 1852 January 1, 1856 Democratic First under 1851 constitution First popularly elected governor
33 Henry A. Wise January 1, 1856 January 1, 1860 Democratic
34 John Letcher January 1, 1860 January 1, 1864 Democratic (June 20, 1863 West Virginia was formed)
35 William Smith January 1, 1864 May 9, 1865 Democratic
Francis Harrison Pierpont May 9, 1865 April 4, 1868 Republican Unelected military governor
Henry H. Wells April 4, 1868 September 21, 1869 Republican Unelected military governor
36 Gilbert Carlton Walker September 21, 1869 January 1, 1874 Democratic Unelected Republican military governor Later elected as a Democrat
37 James L. Kemper January 1, 1874 January 1, 1878 Democratic
38 Frederick W. M. Holliday January 1, 1878 January 1, 1882 Democratic
39 William E. Cameron January 1, 1882 January 1, 1886 Re-adjuster
40 Fitzhugh Lee January 1, 1886 January 1, 1890 Democratic
41 Philip W. McKinney January 1, 1890 January 1, 1894 Democratic
42 Charles Triplett O'Ferrall January 1, 1894 January 1, 1898 Democratic Resigned U. S. House seat to assume Governorship
43 James Hoge Tyler January 1, 1898

1-Jan-1902

Democratic
44 Andrew Jackson Montague

1-Jan-1902

1-Feb-1906

Democratic
45 Claude A. Swanson

1-Feb-1906

10-Feb-1910

Democratic
46 William Hodges Mann

10-Feb-1910

1-Feb-1914

Democratic
47 Henry Carter Stuart

1-Feb-1914

1-Feb-1918

Democratic
48 Westmoreland Davis

1-Feb-1918

1-Feb-1922

Democratic
49 Elbert Lee Trinkle

1-Feb-1922

1-Feb-1926

Democratic
50 Harry F. Byrd

1-Feb-1926

15-Jan-1930

Democratic
51 John Garland Pollard

15-Jan-1930

17-Jan-1934

Democratic
52 George C. Peery

17-Jan-1934

15-Jan-1938

Democratic
53 James H. Price

15-Jan-1938

21-Jan-1942

Democratic
54 Colgate Darden

21-Jan-1942

16-Jan-1946

Democratic
55 William M. Tuck

16-Jan-1946

18-Jan-1950

Democratic
56 John S. Battle

18-Jan-1950

20-Jan-1954

Democratic
57 Thomas Bahnson Stanley

20-Jan-1954

11-Jan-1958

Democratic
58 James Lindsay Almond, Jr.

11-Jan-1958

13-Jan-1962

Democratic
59 Albertis S. Harrison, Jr.

13-Jan-1962

15-Jan-1966

Democratic
60 Mills E. Godwin, Jr.

15-Jan-1966

17-Jan-1970

Democratic
61 A. Linwood Holton, Jr.

17-Jan-1970

12-Jan-1974

Republican
62 Mills E. Godwin, Jr.

12-Jan-1974

14-Jan-1978

Republican
63 John N. Dalton

14-Jan-1978

16-Jan-1982

Republican
64 Chuck Robb

16-Jan-1982

18-Jan-1986

Democratic
65 Gerald L. Baliles

18-Jan-1986

13-Jan-1990

Democratic
66 Douglas Wilder 13-Jan-1990

15-Jan-1994

Democratic First African American governor
67 George Allen 15-Jan-1994

17-Jan-1998

Republican
68 Jim Gilmore 17-Jan-1998

12-Jan-2002

Republican
69 Mark Warner 12-Jan-2002

14-Jan-2006

Democratic
70 Tim Kaine 14-Jan-2006

16-Jan-2010

Democratic First Catholic governor
71 Bob McDonnell 16-Jan-2010

11-Jan-2014

Republican
72 Terry McAuliffe 11-Jan-2014

Incumbent

Democratic

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