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Illinois: Governors

Governors of Illinois, 1818-2019 (May be incomplete!)
Shadrach Bond 1818-22 Edward Coles 1822-26 Ninian Edwards 1826-30 John Reynolds 1830-34 William L. D. Ewing 1834 Joseph Duncan 1834-38 Thomas Carlin 1838-42 Thomas Ford 1842-46 Augustus C. French 1846-53 Joel A. Matteson 1853-57 William H. Bissell 1857-60 John Wood 1860-61 Richard Yates 1861-65 Richard J. Oglesby 1865-69 John M. Palmer 1869-73 Richard J. Oglesby 1873 John Lourie Beveridge 1873-77 Shelby M. Cullom 1877-83 John M. Hamilton 1883-85 Richard J. Oglesby 1885-89 Joseph W. Fifer 1889-93 John P. Altgeld 1893-97 John R. Tanner 1897-1901 Richard Yates 1901-05 Charles S. Deneen 1905-13 Edward F. Dunne 1913-17 Frank O. Lowden 1917-21 Len Small 1921-29 Louis L. Emmerson 1929-33 Henry Horner 1933-40 John Stelle 1940-41 Dwight H. Green 1941-49 Adlai E. Stevenson 1949-53 William G. Stratton 1953-61 Otto Kerner 1961-68 Samuel H. Shapiro 1968-69 Richard B. Ogilvie 1969-73 Daniel Walker 1973-77 James R. Thompson 1977-91 James Edgar 1991-99 George H. Ryan 1999-2003 Rod Blagojevich 2003-09 Pat Quinn 2009-15 Bruce Rauner 2015-19 J. B. Pritzker 2019-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1822 Aug 5: Edward Coles, elected; Joseph Phillips, defeated; Thomas C. Browne, defeated; James B. Moore, defeated.
  • 1826 Aug 7: Ninian Edwards, elected; Thomas Sloo, Jr., defeated; Adolphus F. Hubbard, defeated.
  • 1830 Aug 2: John Reynolds, elected; William Kinney, defeated.
  • 1834 Aug 4: Joseph Duncan, elected; William Kinney, defeated; Robert K. McLaughlin, defeated; James Adams, defeated.
  • 1838 Aug 6: Thomas Carlin (Dem), elected; Cyrus Edwards (Whig), defeated.
  • 1842 Aug 1: Thomas Ford (Dem), elected; Joseph Duncan (Whig), defeated; Charles W. Hunter (Liberty), defeated.
  • 1846 Aug 3: Augustus C. French (Dem), elected; Thomas M. Kilpatrick (Whig), defeated; Richard Eels, defeated.
  • 1852: E. B. Webb, defeated.
  • 1856: William A. Richardson, defeated.
  • 1860: James C. Allen, defeated.
  • 1860 Mar 18: William H. Bissell, died in office.
  • 1864: James C. Robinson, defeated.
  • 1868: John Rice Eden, defeated.
  • 1872: Gustavus Koerner, defeated.
  • 1876: Lewis Steward, defeated.
  • 1880: Lyman Trumbull, defeated.
  • 1883 Feb 5: Shelby M. Cullom, resigned.
  • 1884: Carter Henry Harrison, defeated.
  • 1888 Nov 6: John M. Palmer (Dem), defeated; Joseph W. Fifer (Rep), elected.
  • 1892: Richard Yates (Rep), defeated; Joseph W. Fifer, defeated.
  • 1896: William S. Forman (Gold Democratic), defeated.
  • 1900: Samuel Alschuler (Dem), defeated.
  • 1904: Lawrence Beaumont Stringer, defeated.
  • 1908: J. Hamilton Lewis, defeated; Adlai E. Stevenson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Edward F. Dunne (Dem), elected; Charles S. Deneen (Rep), defeated; Frank H. Funk (Progressive), defeated; John C. Kennedy (Socialist), defeated; Edwin R. Worrell (Prohibition), defeated; John M. Francis (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Frank O. Lowden (Rep), elected; Edward F. Dunne (Dem), defeated; Seymour Stedman (Socialist), defeated; John R. Golden (Prohibition), defeated; John M. Francis (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1920: Barratt O'Hara (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1920: John G. Oglesby (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Len Small (Rep), elected; J. Hamilton Lewis (Dem), defeated; Andrew Lafin (Socialist), defeated; John E. Walker (Farmer-Labor), defeated; James H. Woertendyke (Prohibition), defeated; John M. Harlan (Harding-Coolidge Republican), defeated; John M. Francis (Socialist Labor), defeated; Harrison Parker (Co-operative), defeated; Lewis D. Spaulding (Single Tax), defeated; Parke Longworth (Liberal), defeated.
  • 1924: Charles M. Borchers (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Len Small (Rep), elected; Norman L. Jones (Dem), defeated; Andrew Lafin (Socialist), defeated; William F. Dunne (Workers), defeated; Fred Skoch (Socialist Labor), defeated; James A. Logan (Independent Republican), defeated; Morris Lychenheim (Commonwealth Land), defeated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Louis L. Emmerson (Rep), elected; Floyd E. Thompson (Dem), defeated; George Koop (Socialist), defeated; William F. Kruse (Workers), defeated; J. E. Procum (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1932: Oscar E. Carlstrom (Rep), defeated in primary; Omer N. Custer (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Henry Horner (Dem), elected; C. Wayland Brooks (Rep), defeated; William Hale Thompson (Union Progressive), defeated; John Fisher (Socialist), defeated; Harmon W. Reed (Prohibition), defeated; O. Alfred Olson (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1940 Oct 6: Henry Horner, died in office.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Dwight H. Green (Rep), elected; Harry B. Hershey (Dem), defeated; Arthur G. McDowell (Socialist), defeated; Clay F. Gaumer (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1944: Oscar E. Carlstrom (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1944 Nov 7: Dwight H. Green (Rep), elected; Thomas J. Courtney (Dem), defeated; Charles Storm (Socialist Labor), defeated; Willis Ray Wilson (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1952: Sherwood Dixon (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956: Lar Daly (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1956 Nov 6: William G. Stratton (Rep), elected; Richard B. Austin (Dem), defeated; Edward C. Gross (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1964: Lar Daly (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1964: Charles H. Percy (Rep), defeated.
  • 1968: William G. Stratton (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1972: Paul Simon, defeated for nomination.
  • 1972: Thomas A. Foran (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1982: Adlai E. Stevenson III, defeated.
  • 1986: Adlai E. Stevenson III, defeated.
  • 1994: Roland W. Burris (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1994: Dawn Clark Netsch, defeated.
  • 1994 Mar 15: Sheila A. Jones (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1998: Roland W. Burris (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1998: Glenn Poshard (Dem), defeated.
  • 1998 Nov 3: George H. Ryan (Rep), elected; Lawrence Redmond, defeated.
  • 2002: Roland W. Burris (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2002 Mar 19: Rod Blagojevich (Dem), nominated.
  • 2002 Mar 19: Jim Ryan (Rep), nominated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Rod Blagojevich (Dem), elected; Jim Ryan (Rep), defeated.
  • 2006 Mar 21: Rod Blagojevich (Dem), nominated.
  • 2006 Nov 7: Rod Blagojevich (Dem), elected; Judy Baar Topinka (Rep), defeated.
  • 2010 Feb 2: Jim Ryan (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2014: Dan Rutherford (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2014: Bruce Rauner (Rep), elected.
  • 2018: Bruce Rauner (Rep), defeated.
  • 2018 Nov 6: J. B. Pritzker (Dem), elected.
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