List of governors of Wyoming

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Governor of Wyoming
Seal of the Governor of Wyoming.svg
Seal of the Governor
Mark Gordon of Wyoming.jpg
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]
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

This is a list of 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.

Governors of the Territory of Wyoming[edit]

Governor Appointed Left office Appointed by
1   John Allen Campbell
    October 8, 1835 – July 14, 1880   
(aged 44)
John Allen Campbell.jpg April 5, 1869 March 1, 1875 Ulysses S. Grant
2   John Milton Thayer
    January 24, 1820 – March 19, 1906   
(aged 86)
John Milton Thayer - Brady-Handy.jpg March 1, 1875 April 10, 1878 Ulysses S. Grant
3   John Wesley Hoyt
    October 13, 1831 – May 23, 1912   
(aged 80)
John Wesley Hoyt.jpg April 10, 1878 August 22, 1882[2] Rutherford B. Hayes
4   William Hale
    November 18, 1837 – January 13, 1885   
(aged 47)
William Hale.jpg August 22, 1882 January 13, 1885 Chester A. Arthur
5   Elliot S. N. Morgan
    1832 – April 24, 1894   
(aged 61 or 62)
Elliot Morgan.jpg January 13, 1885 February 28, 1885 Chester A. Arthur
6   Francis E. Warren
    June 20, 1844 – November 24, 1929   
(aged 85)
Francis E. Warren.jpg February 28, 1885 November 11, 1886 Chester A. Arthur
7   George W. Baxter
    January 7, 1855 – December 18, 1929   
(aged 74)
George White Baxter.jpg November 11, 1886 December 20, 1886 Grover Cleveland
8   Elliot S. N. Morgan
    1832 – April 24, 1894   
(aged 61 or 62)
Elliot Morgan.jpg December 20, 1886 January 24, 1887 Grover Cleveland
9   Thomas Moonlight
    September 30, 1833 – February 7, 1899   
(aged 65)
Thomas Moonlight.jpg January 24, 1887 April 9, 1889 Grover Cleveland
10   Francis E. Warren
    June 20, 1844 – November 24, 1929   
(aged 85)
Francis E. Warren.jpg April 9, 1889 October 11, 1890 Benjamin Harrison

Governors of the State of Wyoming[edit]

There have been 20 Republican Governors, 13 Democratic and one Progressive

  Republican       Democratic       Progressive

Governor Took office Left office Party Secretary of State Notes
1 Francis E. Warren.jpg   Francis E. Warren
    June 20, 1844 – November 24, 1929   
(aged 85)
October 11, 1890 November 24, 1890 Republican   John W. Meldrum [3]
  Amos W. Barber
2 AmosWBarber.jpg   Amos W. Barber
    July 25, 1860 – May 18, 1915   
(aged 54)
November 24, 1890 January 2, 1893 Republican   Amos W. Barber [4]
3 JohnEOsborne.jpg   John Eugene Osborne
    June 19, 1858 – April 24, 1943   
(aged 84)
January 2, 1893 January 7, 1895 Democratic
4 WilliamARichards.jpg   William A. Richards
    March 9, 1849 – July 25, 1912   
(aged 63)
January 7, 1895 January 2, 1899 Republican   Charles W. Burdick
5 DeForest Richards.jpg   DeForest Richards
    August 6, 1846 – April 28, 1903   
(aged 56)
January 2, 1899 April 28, 1903 Republican   Fenimore Chatterton [5]
6 F Chatterton.jpg   Fenimore Chatterton
    July 21, 1860 – May 9, 1958   
(aged 97)
April 28, 1903 January 2, 1905 Republican [4]
7 BryantBBrooks.jpg   Bryant Butler Brooks
    February 5, 1861 – December 8, 1944   
(aged 83)
January 2, 1905 January 2, 1911 Republican   Fenimore Chatterton
  William Schnitger
8 Joseph Maull Carey (1845–1924).jpg   Joseph M. Carey
    January 19, 1845 – February 5, 1924   
(aged 79)
January 2, 1911 January 4, 1915 Democratic   Frank L. Houx [6]
  Progressive
9 JohnBKendrick.jpg   John B. Kendrick
    September 6, 1857 – November 3, 1933   
(aged 76)
January 4, 1915 February 26, 1917 Democratic [3]
10 Frank Lee Houx.jpg   Frank L. Houx
    December 12, 1854 – April 3, 1941   
(aged 86)
February 26, 1917 January 6, 1919 Democratic [4]
11 Robert Davis Carey.jpg   Robert D. Carey
    August 12, 1878 – January 17, 1937   
(aged 58)
January 6, 1919 January 1, 1923 Republican   William E. Chaplin
12 William B. Ross.jpg   William B. Ross
    December 4, 1873 – October 2, 1924   
(aged 50)
January 1, 1923 October 2, 1924 Democratic   Frank Lucas [5]
13 No image.svg   Frank Lucas
    August 4, 1876 – November 26, 1948   
(aged 72)
October 2, 1924 January 5, 1925 Republican [4]
14 Nellie Tayloe Ross.jpg   Nellie Tayloe Ross
    November 29, 1876 – December 19, 1977   
(aged 101)
January 5, 1925 January 3, 1927 Democratic
15 No image.svg   Frank Emerson
    May 26, 1882 – February 18, 1931   
(aged 48)
January 3, 1927 February 18, 1931 Republican   Alonzo M. Clark [5]
16 No image.svg   Alonzo M. Clark
    August 13, 1868 – October 12, 1952   
(aged 84)
February 18, 1931 January 2, 1933 Republican [7]
17 No image.svg   Leslie A. Miller
    January 29, 1886 – September 29, 1970   
(aged 84)
January 2, 1933 January 2, 1939 Democratic   Alonzo M. Clark
  Lester C. Hunt
18 No image.svg   Nels H. Smith
    August 27, 1884 – July 5, 1976   
(aged 91)
January 2, 1939 January 4, 1943 Republican   Lester C. Hunt
19 Lester Hunt.jpg   Lester C. Hunt
    July 8, 1892 – June 19, 1954   
(aged 61)
January 4, 1943 January 3, 1949 Democratic   Mart T. Christensen [3]
  William Jack
  Arthur G. Crane
20 ArthurGCrane.jpg   Arthur G. Crane
    September 1, 1877 – August 11, 1955   
(aged 77)
January 3, 1949 January 1, 1951 Republican   Arthur G. Crane [4]
21 Frank A. Barrett (WY).png   Frank A. Barrett
    November 10, 1892 – May 30, 1962   
(aged 69)
January 1, 1951 January 3, 1953 Republican   Clifford J. Rogers [3]
22 No image.svg   Clifford Joy Rogers
    December 20, 1897 – May 18, 1962   
(aged 64)
January 3, 1953 January 3, 1955 Republican [4]
23 Milward Simpson (WY).png   Milward Simpson
    November 12, 1897 – June 10, 1993   
(aged 95)
January 3, 1955 January 5, 1959 Republican   Everett T. Copenhaver
24 John J. Hickey (WY).png   John J. Hickey
    August 22, 1911 – September 22, 1970   
(aged 59)
January 5, 1959 January 2, 1961 Democratic   Jack R. Gage [8]
25 Governor Jack R. Gage.jpg   Jack R. Gage
    January 13, 1899 – March 14, 1970   
(aged 71)
January 2, 1961 January 7, 1963 Democratic [4]
26 Clifford Hansen.jpg   Clifford Hansen
    October 16, 1912 – October 20, 2009   
(aged 97)
January 7, 1963 January 2, 1967 Republican   Thyra Thomson
27 Stanley K. Hathaway (WY).png   Stanley K. Hathaway
    July 19, 1924 – October 4, 2005   
(aged 81)
January 2, 1967 January 6, 1975 Republican
28 Edgar Herschler signed photo.jpg   Edgar Herschler
    October 27, 1918 – February 5, 1990   
(aged 71)
January 6, 1975 January 5, 1987 Democratic
29 WY Governor Mike Sullivan WSA OH-2104.jpg   Mike Sullivan
    (1939-09-22) September 22, 1939 (age 81)
January 5, 1987 January 2, 1995 Democratic   Kathy Karpan
30 Jim Geringer - TEDx Oil Spill - Washington, DC.jpg   Jim Geringer
    (1944-04-24) April 24, 1944 (age 77)
January 2, 1995 January 6, 2003 Republican   Diana J. Ohman
  Joseph Meyer
31 Dave Freudenthal speech.jpg   Dave Freudenthal
    (1950-10-12) October 12, 1950 (age 70)
January 6, 2003 January 3, 2011 Democratic   Joseph Meyer
  Max Maxfield
32 Matt Mead.jpg   Matt Mead
    (1962-03-11) March 11, 1962 (age 59)
January 3, 2011 January 7, 2019 Republican   Max Maxfield
  Ed Murray
  Edward Buchanan
33 Mark Gordon of Wyoming.jpg   Mark Gordon
    (1957-03-14) March 14, 1957 (age 64)
January 7, 2019 Incumbent Republican Edward Buchanan

Notes[edit]

  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.

Succession[edit]

Other high offices held[edit]

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[edit]

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 (1939-09-22) September 22, 1939 (age 81)
Jim Geringer 1995–2003 (1944-04-24) April 24, 1944 (age 77)
Dave Freudenthal 2003–2011 (1950-10-12) October 12, 1950 (age 70)
Matt Mead 2011–2019 (1962-03-11) March 11, 1962 (age 59)