History of Kentucky Governors

Kentucky Governors and Elections

LIST OF KY GOVERNORS-& Kentuckians Who Governed Other States

1.  Isaac Shelby  1792-1796

2. James Garrard  1796-1804

3. Christopher Greenup 1804-1808

4.  Charles Scott    1808-1812

5.  Isaac Shelby  1812-1816 (2nd Term)

6.  George Madison 1816 (Died in Office)

7.  Gabriel Slaughter 1816-1820

8.  John Adair 1820 to 1824

9.  Joseph Desha 1824-1828

10. Thomas "Stonehammer"  Metcalfe 1828-1832

11. John Breathitt 1832-1834 (died in office)

12. James T. Morehead 1834-1836

13. James Clark  1836-1839 (died in office)

14. Charles Wickliffe 1839-1840

15. Robert "Black Bob" Letcher 1840-1844

15. William Owsley 1844-1848

16.  John J. Crittenden 1848-1850 (resigned to become U.S. Attorney General)

17. John Helm 1850-1851 (1st term)

18. Lazarus Powell 1851-1855

19. Charles Morehead 1855-1859

20. Beriah Magoffin 1859-1863 (resigned)

21. James Robinson 1862-1863

22. Thomas Bramlette 1863-1867

23. John Helm 1867 (2nd term; died in office)

24. John W. Stevenson 1867-1871

25.  Preston Leslie 1871-1875

26.  James McCreary 1875-1879 (1st term)

27.  Luke Blackburn 1879-1883

28.  J. Proctor Knott 1883-1887

29.  Simon Bolivar Buckner 1887-1891

30.  John Young Brown 1891-1895

31.  William O.Bradley 1895-1899

32.  William Taylor 1899-1900 Removed

33.  William Goebel 1900 (assassinated)

34.  J.C. W. Beckham 1900-1907

35.  Augustus Willson 1907-1911

36.  James McCreary 1911-1915 (2nd term)

37. Augustus O. Stanley 1915-1919 (resigned after election to U.S. Senate)

38. James Dixon Black 1919

39. Edwin Morrow 1919-1923

40. William ("Honest Bill from Olive Hill") James Fields 1923-1927

41.  Flem Sampson 1927-1931

42.  Ruby Laffoon 1931-1935

43.  A.B. "Happy" Chandler 1935-1939 (1st term; resigned to go to U.S. Senate)

44.  Keen Johnson 1939-1943

45.  Simeon Willis 1943-1947

46.  Earle Clements 1947-1950 (resigned due to election to U.S. Senate)

47.  Lawrence Wetherby 1950-1955

48.  A.B. "Happy" Chandler 1955-1959

49.  Bert T. Combs 1959-1963

50.  Edward "Ned" Breathit 1963-1967

51.  Louie B. Nunn 1967-1971

52.  Wendell H. Ford 1971-1974  (resigned due to election to U.S. Senate)

53.  Julian Carroll 1974-1979

54.  John Y. Brown, Jr. 1979-1983

55.  Martha Layne Collins 1983-1987

56.  Wallace Wilkinson 1987-1991

57.  Brereton Jones 1991-1995

58.  Paul Patton 1995-2003

59.  Ernest "Ernie" Fletcher 2003-2007

60.  Steve  Beshear 2007 -present

KENTUCKIANS WHO SERVED AS GOVERNORS OF OTHER STATES

 

KENTUCKIAN WHO SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA

             Paul Jones Fanin; born in Ashland--1907

               Governor of AZ 1959-65

                  US Senator 1965-1977

                       Died 2002

Governor of Florida

David Shelby Walker—born Russellville in Logan County KY

1815-1891

1865-1868—8th Governor of Florida

KENTUCKIANS WHO SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS

1.       William Lee Davidson Ewing; born Logan County, KY—1796

Governor (D)

1834 (8 days—November 17 to December 3, 1834)

 

2.      Joseph Duncan; born Paris, KY—1794

Governor (only Whig to serve as Illinois Governor)

1834-1838

 

3.      Thomas Carlin; born Frankfort, KY—1786

Governor of Illinois (D)

1838-1842

 

4.      Richard Yates; born Warsaw, KY—1815

Governor of Illinois ( R)

1861-1865

 

5.      Richard Olgesby; born Oldham County, KY –1825

Governor of Illinois (R) 

1865-1869

1885-1889

 

6.      John A. Palmer; born Scott County, KY—1817

Governor of Illinois –1869-1873

 

7.       Shelby Moore Cullom; born Wayne County, KY—1829

        Governor of Illinois –1877 to 1883

KENTUCKIANS WHO SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF INDIANA

 

1.       James Brown Ray  1825-1831  4th Governor of Indiana; Born Feb 1794 in Jefferson County, KY

2.       Henry Lane Smith  13th Gov of Indiana born  Feb 1811 near Sharpsburg, KY

Jan 14, 1861 to Jan 16, 1861 to become US Senator; Shortest serving IND Gov.

3.        Claude Matthews 1893-1897; 23rd Gov of Ind; Born in Bethel KY Dec 1845

 

KENTUCKIANS WHO SERVED AS GOVERNOR

OF

MONTANA

Territorial Governors

1.       Green Clay Smith; Term 1866-1869; born Richmond, KY-1826

2.       Samuel Thomas Hauser; Term 1885 to 1887; Born Falmouth, KY-1833

3.       Preston H. Leslie; Term 1887 to 1889; Born Clinton County, KY-1819

Governors after statehood—  November 8, 1889 (41st State)

1.        Robert B. Smith; Term 1897-1901 (3rd Gov); Born Hickman County, KY-1854

2.       Edwin L. Norris; Term 1908-1913 (5th Gov); Born Cumberland County, KY 1865

3.       Sam C. Ford; Term 1941-1949 (12th Gov); Born Albany, KY 1882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KENTUCKIAN WHO SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF NEVADA

1.  Dr. James G.Scrugham; born Lexington, KY --1880

      Graduated University of Kentucky 1906

      Governor of Nevada--1923-1927

KENTUCKIANS WHO SERVED AS GOVERNORS OF OHIO

     1.  Thomas Corwin  Governor of Ohio  born in Bourbon County in 1794 and served as Governor of Ohio from 1840-1842.  

     2.  Charles Anderson was born in Louisville in 1814 and served as Governor of Ohio 1865-1866.  His brother was Major Robert Anderson, the Union Commander of Ft. Sumter from 1860 to 1861.

     3. Richard Moore Bishop born in Fleming County in 1812 and served as Ohio Governor  1878-1880.