Territorial Governors

Dodge, Henry

Doty, James Duane

Tallmadge, Nathaniel

Dodge, Henry

1st Secretary of Wisconsin Territory
John Scott Horner

Governors of the State of Wisconsin

  Nelson Dewey

  Leonard James Farwell

  William Barstow

  Arthur MacArthur, Senor

  Coles Bashford

  Alexander Williams Randall

  Louis Powell Harvey

  Edward Salomon

  James Taylor Lewis

  Lucius Fairchild

  Cadwallader Colden Washburn

  William Robert Taylor

  Harrison Ludington

  William E. Smith

  Jeremiah McClain Rusk

  William Dempster Hoard

  George Wilbur Peck

  William Henry Upham

  Edward Scofield

  Robert Marion La Follette, Sr.

  James O. Davidson   Francis Edward McGovern   Emanuel Lorenz Philipp   John James Blaine
  Fred R. Zimmerman   Walter Jodok Kohler, Sr.   Philip Fox La Follette   Albert George Schmedeman
  Julius Peter Heil   Orland Steen Loomis   Walter Samuel Goodland   Oscar Rennebohm
  Walter Jodok Kohler, Jr.   Vernon W. Thomson   Gaylord Anton Nelson   John W. Reynolds
  Warren P. Knowles   Patrick J. Lucey   Martin J. Schreiber   Lee Sherman Dreyfus
  Anthony Scully Earl   Tommy George Thompson   Scott McCallum   Jim Doyle

Governors and their Terms in Office

Territorial governors were appointed for a three-year term, and were authorized to veto territorial legislation, appoint lower level officials, and serve as commander in chief of the militia:

Henry Dodge
appointed by Andrew Jackson, April 30, 1836.

James Duane Doty
appointed by John Tyler, Sept. 30, 1841.

Nathaniel P. Talmadge
appointed by John Tyler, June 21, 1844.

Henry Dodge
appointed by James K. Polk, April 8, 1845.

State Governors: The Wisconsin Constitution provided for an elected governor to serve a two-year term, The following people have served as governor of the state of Wisconsin between the dates shown:

Nelson Dewey
6-7-1848 to 1-5-1852

Leonard James Farwell
1-5-1852 to 1-2-1854

William Augustus Barstow
1-2-1854 to 3-21-1856

Arthur MacArthur
3-21-1856 to 3-25-1856

Coles Bashford
3-25-1856 to 1-4-1858

Alexander William Randall
1-4-1858 to 1-6-1862

Louis Powell Harvey
1-6-1862 to 4-19-1862

Edward Salomon
4-19-1862 to 1-4-1864

James Taylor Lewis
1-4-1864 to 1-1-1866

Lucius Fairchild
1-1-1866 to 1-1-1872

Cadwallader Colden Washburn
1-1-1872 to 1-5-1874

William Robert Taylor
1-5-1874 to 1-3-1876

Harrison Ludington
1-3-1876 to 1-7-1878

William E. Smith
1-7-1878 to 1-2-1882

Jeremiah McClain Rusk
1-2-1882 to 1-7-1889

William D. Hoard
1-7-1889 to 1-5-1891

George Wilbur Peck
1-5-1891 to 1-7-1895

William H. Upham
1-7-1895 to 1-4-1897

Edward Scofield
1-4-1897 to 1-7-1901

Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
1-7-1901 to 1-1-1906

James O. Davidson
1-1-1906 to 1-2-1911

Francis Edward McGovern
1-2-1911 to 1-4-1915

Emanuel Lorenz Philipp
1-4-1915 to 1-3-1921

John James Blaine
1-3-1921 to 1-3-1927

Fred R. Zimmerman
1-3-1927 to 1-7-1929

Walter Jodok Kohler, Sr.
1-7-1929 to 1-5-1931

Philip Fox La Follette
1-5-1931 to 1-2-1933

Albert George Schmedeman
1-2-1933 to 1-7-1935

Philip Fox La Follette
1-7-1935 to 1-2-1939

Julius Peter Heil
1-2-1939 to 1-4-1943

Orland Steen Loomis
died Dec. 7, 1942, prior to inauguration

Walter Samuel Goodland
1-4-1943 to 3-12-1947

Oscar Rennebohm
3-12-1947 to 1-1-1951

Walter Jodok Kohler, Jr.
1-1-1951 to 1-7-1957

Vernon W. Thomson
1-7-1957 to 1-5-1959

Gaylord Anton Nelson
1-5-1959 to 1-7-1963

John W. Reynolds
1-7-1963 to 1-4-1965

Warren P. Knowles
1-4-1965 to 1-4-1971

Patrick J. Lucey
1-4-1971 to 7-6-1977

Martin J. Schreiber
7-6-1977 to 1-1-1979

Lee Sherman Dreyfus
1-1-1979 to 1-3-1983

Anthony Scully Earl
1-3-1983 to 1-5-1987

Tommy George Thompson
1-5-1987 to 2-1-2001

Scott McCallum
2-2-2001 to 1-5-2003

Jim Doyle
elected 1-6-2003
still in office January 2008

Info and has been compiled form various sources including:

Wisconsin Blue Book, Wisconsin Historical Society, and Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia


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