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List of Governors of Oregon

This article lists the individuals who have served as Governor of Oregon from the establishment of the Provisional Government in 1843 to the present day.

Number of Governors of Oregon by party affiliation
Party Governors
Democratic 22
Republican 20
Whig 1
Independent 1

Contents

  • Governors 1
    • Provisional Government 1.1
    • Governors of the Territory of Oregon 1.2
    • Governors of the State of Oregon 1.3
  • Other high offices held 2
  • Living former U.S. governors of Oregon 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Governors

Provisional Government

George Abernethy, a prominent businessman.

# Name Picture Term
1 First Executive Committee 1843–1844
2 Second Executive Committee 1844–1845
3 George Abernethy 1845–1848

Governors of the Territory of Oregon

Oregon became a U.S. Territory in 1848. Like most other U.S. territorial governments, Oregon's territorial governor was appointed by the President of the United States. As transportation and communications were not as reliable or as fast as 21st-century methods, there were times when a departing governor left office and a new governor could not yet take over. This resulted in several local individuals acting as territorial governor until the new executive was appointed and arrived to take office.

President Polk initially appointed Brigadier General James Shields to be Oregon's first territorial governor and Shields was confirmed by the Senate, but he declined the position and Joseph Lane was appointed in his place.

Picture Governor Took office Left office Appointed by Notes
Joseph Lane March 3, 1849 June 18, 1850 James Polk
Kintzing Prichette June 18, 1850 August 18, 1850 Acting Governor
John P. Gaines August 18, 1850 May 16, 1853 Zachary Taylor
Joseph Lane May 16, 1853 May 19, 1853 Acting Governor
George Law Curry May 19, 1853 December 2, 1853 Acting Governor
John W. Davis December 2, 1853 August 1, 1854 Franklin Pierce
George Law Curry August 1, 1854 March 3, 1859 Franklin Pierce

Governors of the State of Oregon

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

# Picture Governor Took office Left office Party Terms
[note 1]
1   John Whiteaker March 3, 1859 September 10, 1862 Democratic 1
2   A. C. Gibbs September 10, 1862 September 12, 1866 Republican 1
3 George L. Woods September 12, 1866 September 14, 1870 Republican 1
4 La Fayette Grover September 14, 1870 February 1, 1877 Democratic 1 12
[note 2]
5 Stephen F. Chadwick February 1, 1877 September 11, 1878 Democratic 12
6 W. W. Thayer September 11, 1878 September 13, 1882 Democratic 1
7 Z. F. Moody September 13, 1882 January 12, 1887 Republican 1
8 Sylvester Pennoyer January 12, 1887 January 14, 1895 Democratic 2
9 William Paine Lord January 14, 1895 January 9, 1899 Republican 1
10 T. T. Geer January 9, 1899 January 15, 1903 Republican 1
11 George Chamberlain January 15, 1903 March 1, 1909 Democratic 1 13
[note 2]
12 Frank W. Benson March 1, 1909 June 17, 1910 Republican 13
[note 3]
13 Jay Bowerman June 17, 1910 January 11, 1911 Republican 13
14 Oswald West January 11, 1911 January 12, 1915 Democratic 1
15 James Withycombe January 12, 1915 March 3, 1919 Republican 1 12
[note 4]
16 Ben W. Olcott March 3, 1919 January 8, 1923 Republican 12
17 Walter M. Pierce January 8, 1923 January 10, 1927 Democratic 1
18 I. L. Patterson January 10, 1927 December 22, 1929 Republican 12
[note 4]
19 A. W. Norblad December 22, 1929 January 12, 1931 Republican 12
20 Julius L. Meier January 12, 1931 January 14, 1935 Independent 1
21 Charles H. Martin January 14, 1935 January 9, 1939 Democratic 1
22 Charles A. Sprague January 9, 1939 January 11, 1943 Republican 1
23 Earl Snell January 11, 1943 October 30, 1947 Republican 1 13
[note 4]
24 John H. Hall October 30, 1947 January 10, 1949 Republican 13
25 Douglas McKay January 10, 1949 December 17, 1952 Republican 13 + 12
[note 5]
26 Paul L. Patterson December 27, 1952 February 1, 1956 Republican 12 + 13
[note 4]
27 Elmo Smith February 1, 1956 January 14, 1957 Republican 13
28 Robert D. Holmes January 14, 1957 January 12, 1959 Democratic 13
29 Mark Hatfield January 12, 1959 January 9, 1967 Republican 2
30 Tom McCall January 9, 1967 January 13, 1975 Republican 2
31 Robert W. Straub January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979 Democratic 1
32 Victor G. Atiyeh January 8, 1979 January 12, 1987 Republican 2
33 Neil Goldschmidt January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991 Democratic 1
34 Barbara Roberts January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995 Democratic 1
35 John Kitzhaber January 9, 1995 January 13, 2003 Democratic 2
36 Ted Kulongoski January 13, 2003 January 10, 2011 Democratic 2
37 John Kitzhaber January 10, 2011 February 18, 2015 Democratic 1 12
[note 6]
[note 7]
38 Kate Brown February 18, 2015 Incumbent Democratic 12

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 Oregon except where noted.

Denotes those offices that the governor resigned to take.
Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held Source
House Senate
Joseph Lane 1848–1850
1853–1853
S Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon Territory [1]
John P. Gaines 1850–1853 U.S. Representative from Kentucky [2]
John W. Davis 1853–1854 U.S. Representative from Indiana; United States Commissioner to China [3]
John Whiteaker 1859–1862 H [4]
George L. Woods 1911–1915 Governor of Utah Territory [5]
La Fayette Grover 1866–1877 H S* [6]
William Paine Lord 1895–1899 United States Minister to Argentina [7]
George Chamberlain 1903–1909 S* [8]
Walter M. Pierce 1923–1927 H [9]
Charles H. Martin 1935–1939 H [10]
Douglas McKay 1949–1952 United States Secretary of the Interior* [11]
Mark Hatfield 1959–1967 S [12]
Neil Goldschmidt 1987–1991 United States Secretary of Transportation [13]

Living former U.S. governors of Oregon

As of May 2015, there are four former U.S. governors of Oregon who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of Oregon being Barbara Roberts (1991–1995, born 1936). The most recent death of a former U.S. governor of Oregon and also the death of a former U.S. governor of Oregon who served most recently was of Victor Atiyeh, who left office on January 12, 1987 and died on July 20, 2014.[14]

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Neil Goldschmidt 1987–1991 (1940-06-16) June 16, 1940
Barbara Roberts 1991–1995 (1936-12-21) December 21, 1936
John Kitzhaber 1995–2003
2011–2015
(1947-03-05) March 5, 1947
Ted Kulongoski 2003–2011 (1940-11-05) November 5, 1940

Notes

  1. ^ The fractional terms of some governors are not to be understood absolutely literally; rather, they are meant to show single terms during which multiple governors served, due to resignations, deaths and the like.
  2. ^ a b Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate
  3. ^ Resigned due to ill health
  4. ^ a b c d Died while in office
  5. ^ Resigned to take the position as United States Secretary of the Interior
  6. ^ Also served two consecutive terms from 1995 to 2003.
  7. ^ Resigned due to an ethics scandal.

References

General
  • "Governors of Oregon". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. 
  • "Governor Records". Oregon State Archives. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
Constitution
  • "Constitution of Oregon". Oregon Legislature. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  • "1857 Constitution of Oregon". Oregon Blue Book. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Lane, Joseph".  
  2. ^ "Gaines, John Pollard". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Davis, John Wesley". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Whiteaker, John". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "George Lemuel Woods". Utah History to Go. State of Utah. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Grover, La Fayette". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Former U.S. Ambassadors to Argentina". Embassy of the United States, Argentina. U.S. Department of State. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Chamberlain, George Earle". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Pierce, Walter Marcus". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Martin, Charles Henry". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Past Secretaries of the Department of the Interior". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Hatfield, Mark". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Biographical Sketches of the Secretaries of Transportation". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ Mapes, Jeff (July 20, 2014). "Republican Vic Atiyeh, who guided Oregon through economic upheaval, dies at 91". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

External links

  • Office of the Governor of Oregon
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