List of Governors of Wyoming

This is a list of the governors of Wyoming, beginning with Territorial Governors. Wyoming Territory was organized in 1868, and the state was admitted to the union on July 10, 1890.

Governor of Wyoming
Seal of the Governor of Wyoming
Seal of the Governor
Mark Gordon Headshot
Incumbent
Mark Gordon

since January 7, 2019
Style
Status
ResidenceWyoming Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once (limited to eight years in a sixteen year period)
Inaugural holderFrancis E. Warren
FormationWyoming Constitution
Salary$105,000 (2013)[1]

List of Governors

Governors of Wyoming Territory

# Governor Picture Took office Left office Appointed by
1   John Allen Campbell John Allen Campbell 1869 March 1, 1875 Ulysses S. Grant
2   John Milton Thayer John Milton Thayer - Brady-Handy March 1, 1875 April 10, 1878 Ulysses S. Grant
3   John Wesley Hoyt John Wesley Hoyt April 10, 1878 August 22, 1882 [2] Rutherford B. Hayes
4   William Hale William Hale July 18, 1882 January 13, 1885 Chester A. Arthur
5   Elliot S. N. Morgan Elliot Morgan January 13, 1885 February 28, 1885 Chester A. Arthur
6   Francis E. Warren Francis E. Warren February 28, 1885 November 11, 1886 Chester A. Arthur
7   George White Baxter George White Baxter November 11, 1886 December 20, 1886 Grover Cleveland
8   Elliot S. N. Morgan Elliot Morgan December 20, 1886 January 24, 1887 Grover Cleveland
9   Thomas Moonlight Thomas Moonlight January 24, 1887 April 9, 1889 Grover Cleveland
10   Francis E. Warren Francis E. Warren April 9, 1889 October 11, 1890 Benjamin Harrison

Governors of the State of Wyoming

  Republican       Democratic       Progressive

Governor Took office Left office Party Secretary of State Notes
1 Francis E. Warren   Francis E. Warren October 11, 1890 November 24, 1890 Republican   John W. Meldrum [3]
  Amos W. Barber
2 AmosWBarber   Amos W. Barber November 24, 1890 January 2, 1893 Republican   Amos W. Barber [4]
3 JohnEOsborne   John E. Osborne January 2, 1893 January 7, 1895 Democratic
4 WilliamARichards   William A. Richards January 7, 1895 January 2, 1899 Republican   Charles W. Burdick
5 DeForest Richards   DeForest Richards January 2, 1899 April 28, 1903 Republican   Fenimore Chatterton [5]
6 F Chatterton   Fenimore Chatterton April 28, 1903 January 2, 1905 Republican [4]
7 BryantBBrooks   Bryant B. Brooks January 2, 1905 January 2, 1911 Republican   Fenimore Chatterton
  William Schnitger
8 Joseph Maull Carey (1845–1924)   Joseph M. Carey January 2, 1911 January 4, 1915 Democratic   Frank L. Houx [6]
  Progressive
9 JohnBKendrick   John B. Kendrick January 4, 1915 February 26, 1917 Democratic [3]
10 Frank Lee Houx   Frank L. Houx February 26, 1917 January 6, 1919 Democratic [4]
11 Robert Davis Carey   Robert D. Carey January 6, 1919 January 1, 1923 Republican   William E. Chaplin
12 No image   William B. Ross January 1, 1923 October 2, 1924 Democratic   Frank E. Lucas [5]
13 No image   Frank E. Lucas October 2, 1924 January 5, 1925 Republican [4]
14 Nellie Tayloe Ross   Nellie Tayloe Ross January 5, 1925 January 3, 1927 Democratic
15 No image   Frank C. Emerson January 3, 1927 February 18, 1931 Republican   Alonzo M. Clark [5]
16 No image   Alonzo M. Clark February 18, 1931 January 2, 1933 Republican [7]
17 No image   Leslie A. Miller January 2, 1933 January 2, 1939 Democratic   Alonzo M. Clark
  Lester C. Hunt
18 No image   Nels H. Smith January 2, 1939 January 4, 1943 Republican   Lester C. Hunt
19 Lester Hunt   Lester C. Hunt January 4, 1943 January 3, 1949 Democratic   Mart T. Christensen [3]
  William Jack
  Arthur G. Crane
20 ArthurGCrane   Arthur G. Crane January 3, 1949 January 1, 1951 Republican   Arthur G. Crane [4]
21 Frank Barrett   Frank A. Barrett January 1, 1951 January 3, 1953 Republican   Clifford J. Rogers [3]
22 No image   Clifford J. Rogers January 3, 1953 January 3, 1955 Republican [4]
23 Milwardsimpson   Milward Simpson January 3, 1955 January 5, 1959 Republican   Everett T. Copenhaver
24 John Joseph Hickey   John J. Hickey January 5, 1959 January 2, 1961 Democratic   Jack R. Gage [8]
25 Governor Jack R. Gage   Jack R. Gage January 2, 1961 January 7, 1963 Democratic [4]
26 Clifford Hansen   Clifford P. Hansen January 7, 1963 January 2, 1967 Republican   Thyra Thomson
27 Stanley K Hathaway   Stanley K. Hathaway January 2, 1967 January 6, 1975 Republican
28 Governor Edgar Herschler   Edgar J. Herschler January 6, 1975 January 5, 1987 Democratic
29 WY Governor Mike Sullivan WSA OH-2104   Mike Sullivan January 5, 1987 January 2, 1995 Democratic   Kathy Karpan
30 Jim Geringer - TEDx Oil Spill - Washington, DC   Jim Geringer January 2, 1995 January 6, 2003 Republican   Diana J. Ohman
  Joseph Meyer
31 Dave Freudenthal speech   Dave Freudenthal January 6, 2003 January 3, 2011 Democratic   Joseph Meyer
  Max Maxfield
32 Matt Mead   Matt Mead January 3, 2011 January 7, 2019 Republican   Max Maxfield
  Ed Murray
  Edward Buchanan
33 Mark Gordon Headshot   Mark Gordon January 7, 2019 Incumbent Republican Edward Buchanan

Notes

  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/index.php/governors-of-wyoming
  3. ^ a b c d Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g As state secretary of state, acted as governor.
  5. ^ a b c Died in office.
  6. ^ Switched parties from Republican to Progressive in 1912.
  7. ^ As state secretary of state, acted as governor until replacement elected.
  8. ^ Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.

Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Wyoming except where noted.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
John Milton Thayer 1875–1878 (territorial) U.S. Senator from Nebraska; Governor of Nebraska
Thomas Moonlight 1887-1889 (territorial) United States Minister to Bolivia
Francis E. Warren 1885–1886
1889–1890 (territorial)
1890
S
John Eugene Osborne 1893–1895 H United States Assistant Secretary of State
William A. Richards 1895–1899 Commissioner of the General Land Office
Joseph M. Carey 1911–1915 H S
John B. Kendrick 1915–1917 S
Lester C. Hunt 1943–1949 S
Frank A. Barrett 1951–1953 H S
Milward L. Simpson 1955–1959 S
John J. Hickey 1959–1961 S
Clifford Hansen 1963–1967 S
Stanley K. Hathaway 1967–1975 United States Secretary of the Interior
Mike Sullivan 1987–1995 United States Ambassador to Ireland

Living former governors of Wyoming

As of January 2019, there are four former governors of Wyoming who are currently living at this time, the oldest governor of Wyoming being Mike Sullivan (served 1987–1995, born 1939). The most recent governor of Wyoming to die was Clifford P. Hansen (served 1963–1967, born 1912), on October 20, 2009. The most recently serving governor of Wyoming to die was Edgar J. Herschler (served 1975–1987, born 1918), on February 5, 1990.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Mike Sullivan 1987–1995 September 22, 1939 (age 79)
Jim Geringer 1995–2003 April 24, 1944 (age 75)
Dave Freudenthal 2003–2011 October 12, 1950 (age 68)
Matt Mead 2011–2019 March 11, 1962 (age 57)
Clifford Joy Rogers

Clifford Joy "Doc" Rogers (December 20, 1897 – May 18, 1962) was an American politician who served as the 22nd Governor of Wyoming from January 3, 1953 until January 3, 1955. He was a Republican

Rogers also served as State Treasurer of Wyoming twice (1946-1950, 1958-1962). As secretary of state, he succeeded to the Wyoming governorship when Governor Frank A. Barrett resigned in 1953 to join the United States Senate. Seeking a full term, Rogers lost in the 1954 Republican primary to Milward Simpson. Rogers was born in Clarion, Iowa.

Frank Lucas (Wyoming politician)

Franklin Earl Lucas (August 4, 1876 – November 26, 1948) was an American politician who served as the 13th Governor of Wyoming from 1924 until 1925. He was a Republican.

He was born in Grant City, Missouri. In 1899, Lucas settled in Buffalo, Wyoming. He served in the Wyoming House of Representatives and then in the Wyoming State Senate. Upon the death of Governor William B. Ross in 1924, Lucas, then serving as Secretary of State of Wyoming, was next in line of succession. He served until January 1925, when the election of November 1924 put Ross' widow, Democrat Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first woman governor in the history of the United States in power. He died in Buffalo, Wyoming.

Index of Wyoming-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to the U.S. state of Wyoming.

Leslie A. Miller

Leslie Andrew Miller (January 29, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American politician who served as the 17th Governor of Wyoming from January 2, 1933 until January 2, 1939. He was a Democrat.

Mike Sullivan (governor)

Michael John Sullivan (born September 22, 1939) is an American lawyer and former politician who was the 29th Governor of Wyoming, serving from 1987 to 1995, and United States Ambassador to Ireland, serving from 1998 to 2001.

University of Cincinnati College of Law

The University of Cincinnati College of Law was founded in 1833 as the Cincinnati Law School. It is the fourth oldest continuously running law school in the United States and a founding member of the Association of American Law Schools. Then-dean and future 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft (1880), merged it with the University of Cincinnati in 1896.

The school has produced both a President of the United States (William Howard Taft) and two Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (Taft and Willis Van Devanter). Also amongst its alumni are a Vice President of the United States (Charles G. Dawes), three Speakers of the US House of Representatives (Joseph Cannon, Champ Clark, and Nicholas Longworth), and a US Secretary of Commerce (Charles W. Sawyer).

UC Law offers a JD program as well as an LLM (Master of Laws) in the US Legal System for international attorneys. Graduate certificates in US Law are also available.

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