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Missouri: Governors

Governors of Missouri, 1820-2019 (May be incomplete!)
Alexander McNair 1820-24 Frederick Bates 1824-25 Abraham J. Williams 1825-26 John Miller 1826-32 Daniel Dunklin 1832-36 Lilburn W. Boggs 1836-40 Thomas Reynolds 1840-44 Meredith M. Marmaduke 1844 John C. Edwards 1844-48 Austin A. King 1848-53 Sterling Price 1853-57 Trusten Polk 1857 Hancock Lee Jackson 1857 Robert Marcellus Stewart 1857-61 Claiborne Fox Jackson 1861 Hamilton Rowan Gamble 1861-64 Willard P. Hall 1864-65 Thomas Clement Fletcher 1865-69 Joseph W. McClurg 1869-71 B. Gratz Brown 1871-73 Silas Woodson 1873-75 Charles H. Hardin 1875-77 John S. Phelps 1877-81 Thomas T. Crittenden 1881-85 John Sappington Marmaduke 1885-87 Albert P. Morehouse 1887-89 David R. Francis 1889-93 William J. Stone 1893-97 Lon Vest Stephens 1897-1901 Alexander M. Dockery 1901-05 Joseph W. Folk 1905-09 Herbert S. Hadley 1909-13 Elliot W. Major 1913-17 Frederick D. Gardner 1917-21 Arthur M. Hyde 1921-25 Sam Aaron Baker 1925-29 Henry S. Caulfield 1929-33 Guy B. Park 1933-37 Lloyd C. Stark 1937-41 Forrest C. Donnell 1941-45 Phil M. Donnelly 1945-49 Forrest Smith 1949-53 Phil M. Donnelly 1953-57 James T. Blair, Jr. 1957-61 John M. Dalton 1961-65 Warren E. Hearnes 1965-73 Christopher S. Bond 1973-77 Joseph P. Teasdale 1977-81 Christopher S. Bond 1981-85 John Ashcroft 1985-93 Mel Carnahan 1993-2000 Roger B. Wilson 2000-01 Bob Holden 2001-05 Matt Blunt 2005-09 Jay Nixon 2009-17 Eric Greitens 2017-18 Michael L. Parson 2018-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1820: William Clark, defeated.
  • 1825 Aug 4: Frederick Bates, died in office.
  • 1844 Feb 9: Thomas Reynolds, died in office.
  • 1848: James S. Rollins, defeated.
  • 1852 Aug 2: Sterling Price (Dem), elected; James Winston (Whig), defeated.
  • 1856 Aug 4: Trusten Polk (Dem), elected; Robert C. Ewing (American), defeated; Thomas Hart Benton (Benton Democrat), defeated.
  • 1857: James S. Rollins, defeated.
  • 1860: Sample Orr, defeated; Claiborne Fox Jackson, elected.
  • 1864 Jan 31: Hamilton Rowan Gamble, died in office.
  • 1864 Nov 8: Thomas Clement Fletcher (Union), elected; Thomas L. Price (Dem), defeated.
  • 1868 Nov 3: Joseph W. McClurg (Rep), elected; John S. Phelps (Dem), defeated.
  • 1870 Nov 8: B. Gratz Brown (Dem), elected; Joseph W. McClurg (Rep), defeated.
  • 1872 Nov 5: Silas Woodson (Dem & Liberal Republican), elected; John B. Henderson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1874 Nov 3: Charles H. Hardin (Dem), elected; William Gentry (Rep & Reform), defeated.
  • 1876: Daniel W. Twichell (Rep), defeated for nomination.
  • 1876 Nov 7: John S. Phelps (Dem), elected; Gustavus A. Finkelnburg (Rep), defeated; Jesse P. Alexander (Greenback), defeated.
  • 1880: David P. Dyer (Rep), defeated.
  • 1884: Nicholas Ford (Rep), defeated.
  • 1887 Dec 28: John Sappington Marmaduke, died in office.
  • 1892: William Warner (Rep), defeated.
  • 1904: Joseph W. Folk (Dem), elected; Cyrus P. Walbridge (Rep), defeated.
  • 1908: David A. Ball (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1908: William S. Cowherd, defeated.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Elliot W. Major (Dem), elected; John C. McKinley (Rep), defeated; Albert D. Nortoni (Progressive), defeated; William H. Ward (Socialist), defeated; Charles E. Stokes (Prohibition), defeated; Charles Rogers (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Frederick D. Gardner (Dem), elected; Henry Lamm (Rep), defeated; William J. Adames (Socialist), defeated; Joseph P. Fontron (Progressive & Prohibition), defeated; Charles Rogers (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Arthur M. Hyde (Rep), elected; John M. Atkinson (Dem), defeated; Marvin M. Aldrich (Socialist), defeated; Herman P. Faris (Prohibition), defeated; Vaughan Hickman (Farmer-Workers), defeated; Edward T. Middlecoff (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1924 Aug 5: Arthur W. Nelson (Dem), nominated; Floyd E. Jacobs (Dem), defeated in primary; Henry S. Priest (Dem), defeated in primary; George H. Moore (Dem), defeated in primary; Fowler Smith Loftin (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Aug 5: Sam Aaron Baker (Rep), nominated; Victor J. Miller (Rep), defeated in primary; Hiram Lloyd (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Sam Aaron Baker (Rep), elected; Arthur W. Nelson (Dem), defeated; William M. Brandt (Socialist), defeated; William W. Cox (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1928: Alfred L. McCawley (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1928: Philip A. Bennett (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Henry S. Caulfield (Rep), elected; Francis M. Wilson (Dem), defeated; Joseph G. Hodges (Socialist), defeated; W. G. Brandenberg (Prohibition), defeated; Edward T. Middlecoff (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1932 Aug 2: J. Grant Frye (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1932 Nov 8: Guy B. Park (Dem), elected; Edward H. Winter (Rep), defeated; Louis Wolff (Socialist), defeated; Owen W. Penney (Communist), defeated; William W. Cox (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1936 Aug 4: Claude L. Lambert (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Lloyd C. Stark (Dem), elected; Jesse W. Barrett (Rep), defeated; Botz, defeated; Duemler (Socialist), defeated; Frank A. Williams (Communist), defeated; William W. Cox (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1940 Aug 6: Lawrence McDaniel (Dem), nominated; Allen McReynolds (Dem), defeated in primary; Ferd J. Frankenhoff (Dem), defeated in primary; Guy W. Runnion (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 Aug 6: Forrest C. Donnell (Rep), nominated; Claude L. Lambert (Rep), defeated in primary; J. Grant Frye (Rep), defeated in primary; Fred A. Bottger (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Forrest C. Donnell (Rep), elected; Lawrence McDaniel (Dem), defeated; Jed A. High (Socialist), defeated; William W. Cox (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1944 Aug 1: Phil M. Donnelly (Dem), nominated; Roger T. Sermon (Dem), defeated in primary; Edgar Shook (Dem), defeated in primary; Floyd P. Lee (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1944 Aug 1: Jean Paul Bradshaw (Rep), nominated; Charles Ferguson (Rep), defeated in primary; James Stewart (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1944 Nov 7: Phil M. Donnelly (Dem), elected; Jean Paul Bradshaw (Rep), defeated; William F. Rinck (Socialist), defeated; Stephen Tendler (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1948: Roy McKittrick (Dem), defeated for nomination.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Forrest Smith (Dem), elected; Murray E. Thompson (Rep), defeated; Robert B. Logsdon (Progressive), defeated; Ralph E. Gipe (Socialist), defeated; Henry W. Genck (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1952 Aug 5: Phil M. Donnelly (Dem), nominated; Phil J. Welch (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1952 Aug 5: Howard Elliott (Rep), nominated; Stanley I. Dale (Rep), defeated in primary; Stephen Burns (Rep), defeated in primary; Robert C. Walters (Rep), defeated in primary; W. D. 'Bill' Cruce (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1952 Nov 4: Phil M. Donnelly (Dem), elected; Howard Elliott (Rep), defeated; Howard Edsell (Progressive), defeated; Maurice R. Wheeler (Socialist), defeated; Don Lohbeck (Christian Nationalist), defeated; Clara Hayes (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: James T. Blair, Jr. (Dem), elected; Lon Hocker (Rep), defeated.
  • 1964 Nov 3: Warren E. Hearnes (Dem), elected; Ethan A. H. Shepley (Rep), defeated.
  • 1972 Aug 8: Stephen Burns (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1976: Christopher S. Bond (Rep), defeated.
  • 1980 Aug 5: Jim Spainhower (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1984 Aug 7: Mel Carnahan (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1992: William L. Webster (Rep), defeated.
  • 1992 Aug 4: Mel Carnahan (Dem), nominated.
  • 1992 Aug 4: R. Wendell Bailey (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1992 Nov 3: Mel Carnahan (Dem), elected.
  • 1996 Aug 6: Mel Carnahan (Dem), nominated.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Mel Carnahan (Dem), elected.
  • 2000: James M. Talent (Rep), defeated; Bob Holden (Dem), elected.
  • 2000 Oct 16: Mel Carnahan, died in office.
  • 2004: Matt Blunt (Rep), elected; Claire McCaskill (Dem), defeated.
  • 2012 Aug 7: Jay Nixon (Dem), nominated; William B. Campbell (Dem), defeated in primary; Clay Thunderhawk (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2012 Aug 7: David Spence (Rep), nominated; Bill Randles (Rep), defeated in primary; Fred Sauer (Rep), defeated in primary; John D. Weiler (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2012 Aug 7: Jim Higgins (Libertarian), nominated unopposed.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Jay Nixon (Dem), elected; David Spence (Rep), defeated; Jim Higgins (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2018 Jun 1: Eric Greitens, resigned.
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