Missouri History:: Governors

Missouri History

Governors

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Alexander McNair
1820-24

Herbert S. Hadley, gov. R, 1909-13

Herbert Spencer Hadley
1909-13

Warren Hearnes, gov., D, 1965-73

Warren Hearnes
1965-73

Historical Listing of Missouri Governors

Name and (party)

Term

County

Born

Died

1. Alexander McNair (D)1

1820–24

St. Louis

5/ 5/1775

3/18/1826

2. Frederick Bates (D)1

1824-25

St. Louis

6/23/1777

8/ 4/1825

3. Abraham J. Williams (D)1,2

1825

Boone

2/26/1781

12/30/1839

4. John Miller (D)1,3

1825–32

Howard

11/25/1781

3/18/1846

5. Daniel Dunklin (D)

1832–36

Washington

1/14/1790

7/25/1844

6. Lilburn W. Boggs (D)4

1836–40

Jackson

12/14/1792

3/14/1860

7. Thomas Reynolds (D)

1840–44

Howard

3/12/1796

2/ 9/1844

8. Meredith Miles Marmaduke (D)5

1844

Saline

8/25/1791

3/26/1864

9. John Cummins Edwards (D)

1844–48

Cole

6/24/1806

9/17/1888

10. Austin Augustus King (D)

1848–53

Ray

9/21/1802

4/22/1870

11. Sterling Price (D)

1853–57

Chariton

9/1809

9/29/1867

12. Trusten Polk (D)6

1857

St. Louis

5/29/1811

4/16/1876

13. Hancock Lee Jackson (D)

1857

Randolph

5/12/1796

3/19/1876

14. Robert Marcellus Stewart (D)

1857–61

Buchanan

3/12/1815

9/21/1871

15. Claiborne Fox Jackson (D)

1861

Saline

4/ 4/1806

12/ 6/1862

16. Hamilton Rowan Gamble (U)7

1861–64

St. Louis

11/29/1798

1/31/1864

17. Willard Preble Hall (U)8

1864–65

Buchanan

5/ 9/1820

11/ 3/1882

18. Thomas Clement Fletcher (Radical)

1865–69

St. Louis

1/22/1827

3/25/1899

19. Joseph Washington McClurg (Radical)

1869–71

Camden

2/22/1818

12/2/00

20. Benjamin Gratz Brown (Liberal)

1871–73

St. Louis

5/28/1826

12/13/1885

21. Silas Woodson (D)

1873–75

Buchanan

5/18/1819

10/ 9/1896

22. Charles Henry Hardin (D)

1875–77

Audrain

7/15/1820

7/29/1892

23. John Smith Phelps (D)

1877–81

Greene

12/14/1814

11/20/1886

24. Thomas Theodore Crittenden (D)

1881–85

Johnson

1/ 1/1832

5/29/09

25. John Sappington Marmaduke (D)

1885–87

St. Louis City

3/14/1833

12/28/1887

26. Albert Pickett Morehouse (D)9

1887–89

Nodaway

7/11/1835

9/23/1891

27. David Rowland Francis (D)

1889–93

St. Louis City

10/ 1/1850

1/15/1927

28. William Joel Stone (D)

1893–97

Vernon

5/ 7/1848

4/14/1918

29. Lon Vest Stephens (D)

1897–1901

Cooper

12/ 1/1858

1/10/1923

30. Alexander Monroe Dockery (D)

1901–05

Daviess

2/11/1845

12/26/1926

31. Joseph Wingate Folk (D)

1905–09

St. Louis City

10/28/1869

5/28/1923

32. Herbert Spencer Hadley (R)

1909–13

Jackson

2/20/1872

12/1/1927

33. Elliott Woolfolk Major (D)

1913–17

Pike

10/20/1864

7/9/1949

34. Frederick Dozier Gardner (D)

1917–21

St. Louis City

11/ 6/1869

12/18/1933

35. Arthur Mastick Hyde (R)

1921–25

Grundy

7/12/1877

10/17/1947

36. Sam Aaron Baker (R)

1925–29

Cole

11/ 7/1874

9/16/1933

37. Henry Stewart Caulfield (R)

1929–33

St. Louis

12/ 9/1873

5/11/1966

38. Guy Brasfield Park (D)

1933–37

Platte

6/10/1872

10/1/1946

39. Lloyd Crow Stark (D)

1937–41

Pike

11/23/1886

9/17/1972

40. Forrest C. Donnell (R)

1941–45

St. Louis

8/20/1884

3/3/1980

41. Phil M. Donnelly (D)

1945–49

Laclede

3/ 6/1891

9/12/1961

42. Forrest Smith (D)

1949–53

Ray

2/14/1886

3/8/1962

43. Phil M. Donnelly (D)

1953–57

Laclede

3/ 6/1891

9/12/1961

44. James T. Blair Jr. (D)

1957–61

Cole

3/15/1902

7/12/1962

45. John M. Dalton (D)

1961–65

Dunklin

11/9/1900

7/7/1972

46. Warren E. Hearnes (D)

1965–73

Mississippi

7/24/1923

8/16/2009

47. Christopher S. Bond (R)

1973–77

Audrain

3/6/1939

 

48. Joseph Patrick Teasdale (D)

1977–81

Jackson

3/29/1936

5/8/2014

49. Christopher S. Bond (R)

1981–85

Audrain

3/6/1939

 

50. John Ashcroft (R)

1985–93

Greene

5/9/1942

 

51. Mel Carnahan (D)

1993-2000

Phelps

2/11/1934

10/16/2000

52. Roger Wilson (D)10

2000-2001

Boone

10/10/1948

 

53. Bob Holden (D)

2001-2005

Shannon

8/24/1949

 

54. Matt Blunt (R)

2005-2009

Greene

11/20/1970

 

55. Jeremiah Wilson (Jay) Nixon (D)

2009-2017

Jefferson

2/13/1956

 

56. Eric R. Greitens (R)11

2017-2018

St. Louis

4/10/1974

 

57. Michael Lynn Parson (R)11

2018-

Polk

8/17/1955

 

At the time of the elections of McNair, Bates and Williams, and of the first election of Miller in 1825, there were no organized political parties in Missouri. Individual popularity prevailed. All called themselves Republicans—that is, Jeffersonian Republicans, or what now are called Democrats.
Abraham J. Williams was the Senate President Pro Tempore and became acting governor when Bates died in Office in August 1825; Lt. Gov. Benjamin Harrison Reeves had resigned just months earlier, leaving that office vacant.
John Miller was elected to governorship in a special August 1825 election, following the death of Governor Frederick Bates; he was elected to his own full term in 1828
Dunklin resigned in September 1836; Lt. Governor Lilburn Boggs succeeded to the office.
Reynolds committed suicide on February 9; 1844; Lt. Governor Merredith M. Marmaduke succeeded to the office for nine months, until the 1844 general election
6 Trusten Polk was elected to the United States Senate on January 13, 1857.  Lt. Governor Hancock Lee Jackson succeeded to the governorship until an August 1857 special election, when Robert Stewart was elected.
7 Hamilton gamble was appointed provisional governor by the Missouri State Convention on July, 1861.  The office had been declared vacated after Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson joined the Confederacy
8 Gamble died January 31, 1864; Lt. Governor Willard P. Hall succeeded to the governorship until the election and inauguration of Thomas C. Fletcher
9 Marmaduke died in office in 1887; Lt. Governor Albert P. Morehouse succeeded to the governorship until the inauguration of David R. Francis
10 Carnahan died in a plane crash in 2000; Lt. Governor Roger B. Wilson succeeded to the office until the inauguration of Bob Holden.
11 Greitens resigned from office June 1, 2018. Lt. Governor Michael Parson succeeded to the office.