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Alabama: Governors


Governors of Alabama, 1819-2019 (May be incomplete!)
William W. Bibb 1819-20 Thomas Bibb 1820-21 Israel Pickens 1821-25 John Murphy 1825-29 Gabriel Moore 1829-31 Samuel B. Moore 1831 John Gayle 1831-35 Clement C. Clay 1835-37 Hugh McVay 1837 Arthur P. Bagby 1837-41 Benjamin Fitzpatrick 1841-45 Joshua Lanier Martin 1845-47 Reuben Chapman 1847-49 Henry Watkins Collier 1849-53 John A. Winston 1853-57 Andrew Barry Moore 1857-61 John Gill Shorter 1861-63 Thomas H. Watts 1863-65 Lewis E. Parsons 1865 Robert Miller Patton 1865-68 William H. Smith 1868-70 Robert B. Lindsay 1870-72 David Peter Lewis 1872-74 George S. Houston 1874-78 Rufus Willis Cobb 1878-82 Edward A. O'Neal 1882-86 Thomas Seay 1886-90 Thomas G. Jones 1890-94 William C. Oates 1894-96 Joseph F. Johnston 1896-1900 William D. Jelks 1900 William James Samford 1900-01 William D. Jelks 1901-04 Russell McWhorter Cunningham 1904-05 William D. Jelks 1905-07 Braxton B. Comer 1907-11 Emmet O'Neal 1911-15 Charles Henderson 1915-19 Thomas E. Kilby 1919-23 William W. Brandon 1923-27 Bibb Graves 1927-31 Benjamin M. Miller 1931-35 Bibb Graves 1935-39 Frank M. Dixon 1939-43 Chauncey Sparks 1943-47 James E. Folsom 1947-51 Gordon Persons 1951-55 James E. Folsom 1955-59 John Patterson 1959-63 George C. Wallace 1963-67 Lurleen B. Wallace 1967-68 Albert P. Brewer 1968-71 George C. Wallace 1971-72 George C. Wallace 1972-79 Fob James 1979-83 George C. Wallace 1983-87 Guy Hunt 1987-93 James E. Folsom, Jr. 1993-95 Fob James 1995-99 Don Siegelman 1999-2003 Bob Riley 2003-11 Robert J. Bentley 2011-17 Kay Ivey 2017-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1819: Marmaduke Williams, defeated.
  • 1820 Jul 9: William W. Bibb, died in office.
  • 1821: Henry H. Chambers, defeated.
  • 1823: Henry H. Chambers, defeated.
  • 1831: Samuel B. Moore, defeated; Nicholas Davis (Whig), defeated.
  • 1835: Enoch Parsons, defeated.
  • 1837: Samuel W. Oliver, defeated.
  • 1839: Arthur F. Hopkins, defeated.
  • 1841: James W. McClung, defeated.
  • 1845: Nathaniel Terry, defeated.
  • 1851: Benjamin G. Shields, defeated.
  • 1865: William R. Smith, defeated.
  • 1872: Robert Fulwood Ligon, defeated; Thomas H. Herndon (Dem), defeated.
  • 1890: Thomas G. Jones (Dem), elected; Benjamin M. Long (Rep), defeated.
  • 1892: Reuben F. Kolb, defeated; Thomas G. Jones (Dem), elected.
  • 1894: Reuben F. Kolb, defeated.
  • 1901 Jun 11: William James Samford, died in office.
  • 1902 Nov 4: William D. Jelks (Dem), elected; John A. W. Smith (Rep), defeated.
  • 1906 Nov 6: Braxton B. Comer (Dem), elected; Asa E. Stratton (Rep), defeated; J. N. Abbott (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1910 Nov 8: Emmet O'Neal (Dem), elected; Joseph O. Thompson (Rep), defeated; Luther R. Carter (Socialist), defeated; Charles H. Scott (Independent Republican), defeated.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Charles Henderson (Dem), elected; John B. Shields (Rep), defeated; E. H. Cross (Progressive), defeated; W. C. Swain (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Thomas E. Kilby (Dem), elected; Dallas B. Smith (Rep), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: William W. Brandon (Dem), elected; Oliver D. Street (Rep), defeated; Arlie Barber (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: Bibb Graves (Dem), elected; John A. Bingham (Rep), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Benjamin M. Miller (Dem), elected; Hugh A. Locke (Ind), defeated.
  • 1934: Frank M. Dixon (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1934: Leon McCord, defeated.
  • 1934 Nov 6: Bibb Graves (Dem), elected; Edmund H. Dryer (Rep), defeated; Arlie Barber (Socialist), defeated; John M. Davis (Communist), defeated.
  • 1938 Nov 8: Frank M. Dixon (Dem), elected; W. A. Clardy (Rep), defeated; A. W. Eichelberger, defeated.
  • 1940: Bull Connor (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Chauncey Sparks (Dem), elected; Hugh McEniry (Rep), defeated; Ordway Southard (Communist), defeated.
  • 1946: Simon Elbert Boozer (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1946 Nov 5: James E. Folsom (Dem), elected; Lyman Ward (Rep), defeated.
  • 1950: J. Bruce Henderson (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Gordon Persons (Dem), elected; John S. Crowder (Rep), defeated.
  • 1954: J. Bruce Henderson (Dem), defeated in primary; Bull Connor (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Nov 2: James E. Folsom (Dem), elected; Tom Abernethy (Rep), defeated.
  • 1958: George C. Wallace (Dem), defeated in primary; Laurie C. Battle (Dem), defeated in primary; George C. Hawkins, Jr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1958 Nov 4: John Patterson (Dem), elected; William L. Longshore (Rep), defeated; William M. Jackson (Ind), defeated.
  • 1962 Nov 6: George C. Wallace (Dem), elected; F. P. Walls (Rep), defeated.
  • 1966: Carl Elliott (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1966 Nov 8: Lurleen B. Wallace (Dem), elected; James D. Martin (Rep), defeated; Carl R. Robinson (Ind), defeated.
  • 1968 May 7: Lurleen B. Wallace, died in office.
  • 1970: Albert P. Brewer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1970 Nov 3: George C. Wallace (Dem), elected; John L. Cashin, Jr. (National Democratic), defeated; A. C. Shelton (Ind), defeated; Jerome B. Couch (American), defeated; Menter G. Walker, Jr. (Ind), defeated; John Watts, defeated.
  • 1974 Nov 5: George C. Wallace (Dem), elected; Elvin McCary (Rep), defeated; Jim Partain (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1978: William J. Baxley, defeated for nomination.
  • 1978: Guy Hunt (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1978: Fob James (Dem), elected; Albert P. Brewer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1982: George C. Wallace (Dem), elected.
  • 1986: Guy Hunt (Rep), elected.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Guy Hunt (Rep), elected; Paul Hubbert (Dem), defeated.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Fob James (Rep), elected; James E. Folsom, Jr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 2006: Roy Moore (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2010: Artur Davis (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2010: Bradley Byrne (Rep), defeated in primary; Roy Moore (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2014: Parker Griffith (Dem), defeated.
  • 2017 Apr 10: Robert J. Bentley, resigned.
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