Governors of Virginia

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A list of governors from the commonwealth of Virginia.[1]

Contents

Virginia Company of London Governors

Name Years
Edward Maria Wingfield 1607
John Ratcliffe 1608
Matthew Scrivener 1608
John Smith 1608-1609
George Percy 1609-1610, 1611
Thomas Gates 1610, 1611-1614
Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr 1610-1611
Thomas Dale 1611, 1614-1616
George Yeardley 1616-1617, 1619-1621
Samuel Argall 1617-1619
Francis Wyatt 1621-1624

Crown Governors of Virginia

Name Years
Francis Wyatt 1624-1626, 1639-1642
George Yeardley 1626-1627
Francis West 1627-1629
John Pott 1629-1630
John Harvey 1630-1635, 1637-1639
John West 1635-1637
William Berkeley 1642-1644, 1645-1652, 1660-1677
Richard Kemp 1644-1645
Thomas Culpeper 1677-1683
Francis Howard 1683-1692
Edmund Andros 1692-1698
Francis Nicholson 1698-1705
Edward Nott 1705-1706
Edmund Jenings 1706-1708
Robert Hunter 1707-1709
George Hamilton 1710-1737
Willem Anne van Keppel 1737-1754
John Campbell 1756-1759
Jeffery Amherst 1759-1768
Norborne Berkeley 1768-1770
William Nelson 1770-1771
John Murray 1771-1775

Commonwealth of England Governors

Name Years
Richard Bennett 1652-1655
Edward Digges 1655-1656
Samuel Mathews 1656-1660
Wiliam Berkeley 1660

President of the Committee for Public Safety

Name Years
Edmund Pendleton 1775-1776

Governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Name Party Years
Patrick Henry 1776-1779, 1784-1786
Thomas Jefferson 1779-1781
William Fleming 1781
David Jameson 1781
Thomas Nelson, Jr. 1781
Benjamin Harrison 1781-1784
Edmund Randolph 1786-1788
Beverley Randolph 1788-1791
Henry Lee Federalist 1791-1794
Robert Brooke Democratic Republican 1794-1796
James Wood Federalist 1796-1799
James Monroe Democratic Republican 1799-1802, 1811
John Pendleton, Jr. 1799
Hardin Burnley 1799
John Page Democratic Republican 1802-1805
William Henry Cabell Democratic Republican 1805-1808
John Tyler Democratic Republican 1808-1811
George William Smith Democratic Republican 1811, 1811[2]
Peyton Randolph Democratic Republican 1811-1812
James Barbour Democratic Republican 1812-1814
Wilson Cary Nicholas Democratic Republican 1814-1816
James Patton Preston Democratic Republican 1816-1819
Thomas Mann Randolph Democratic Republican 1819-1822
James Pleasants, Jr. Democratic Republican 1822-1825
John Tyler, Jr. Democratic Republican 1825-1827
William Branch Giles Anti Federalist 1827-1830
John Floyd Democrat 1830-1834
Littleton Waller Tazewell Whig 1834-1836
Wyndham Robertson Whig 1836-1837
David Campbell Democrat 1837-1840
Thomas Walker Gilmer Whig 1840-1841
John Mercer Patton Whig 1841
John Rutherfoord Democrat 1841-1842
John Munford Gregory Whig 1842-1843
James McDowell Democrat 1843-1846
William Smith Democrat 1846-1849, 1864-1865
John Buchanan Floyd Democrat 1849-1852
Joseph Johnson Democrat 1852-1856
Henry Alexander Wise Democrat 1856-1860
John Letcher Democrat 1860-1864
Henry Horatio Wells Republican 1868-1869
Gilbert Carlson Walker Republican 1869-1874
James Lawson Kemper Conservative 1874-1878
Frederick William Mackey Holliday Conservative 1878-1882
William E. Cameron Readjuster 1882-1886
Fitzhugh Lee Democrat 1886-1890
Philip Watkins McKinney Democrat 1890-1894
Charles Triplett O’Ferrall Democrat 1894-1898
James Hodge Tyler Democrat 1898-1902
Andrew Jackson Montague Democrat 1902-1906
Claude Augustus Swanson Democrat 1906-1910
William Hodges Mann Democrat 1910-1914
Henry Carter Stuart Democrat 1914-1918
Westmoreland Davis Democrat 1918-1922
Elbert Lee Trinkle Democrat 1922-1926
Harry Flood Byrd Democrat 1926-1930
John Garland Pollard Democrat 1930-1934
George Campbell Peery Democrat 1934-1938
James Hubert Price Democrat 1938-1942
Colgate Whitehead Darden Democrat 1942-1946
William Munford Tuck Democrat 1946-1950
John Stuart Battle Democrat 1950-1954
Thomas Bahnson Stanley Democrat 1954-1958
James Lindsay Almond Democrat 1958-1962
Albertis S. Harrison, Jr. Democrat 1962-1966
Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr. Democrat 1966-1970, 1974-1978
Linwood Holton, Jr. Republican 1970-1974
John Nichols Dalton Republican 1978-1982
Charles Spittal Robb Democrat 1982-1986
Gerald L. Baliles Democrat 1986-1990
L. Douglas Wilder Democrat 1990-1994
George Allen Republican 1994-1998
James S. Gilmore III Republican 1998-2002
Mark R. Warner Democrat 2002-2006
Tim Kaine Democrat 2006-2010
Bob McDonnell Republican 2010-present

Further reading

  • Younger, Edward and Moore, James T., eds. The Governors of Virginia, 1860-1978. Charlottesville: U. Press of Virginia, 1982. 428 pp.

Notes

  1. http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.8fd3d12ab65b304f8a278110501010a0?submit=Submit&State=VA
  2. Smith served two non-consecutive terms in 1811, one as acting governor for 4 days in January before James Monroe took office, and one after Monroe took the position of Secretary of State.
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