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Governors of Mississippi, 1817-2019 (May be incomplete!)
David Holmes 1817-20 George Poindexter 1820-22 Walter Leake 1822-25 Gerard C. Brandon 1825-26 David Holmes 1826 Gerard C. Brandon 1826-32 Abram Marshall Scott 1832-33 Charles Lynch 1833 Hiram G. Runnels 1833-35 John A. Quitman 1835-36 Charles Lynch 1836-38 Alexander Gallatin McNutt 1838-42 Tilghman Mayfield Tucker 1842-44 Albert G. Brown 1844-48 Joseph W. Matthews 1848-50 John A. Quitman 1850-51 John Isaac Guion 1851 James Whitfield 1851-52 Henry Stuart Foote 1852-54 John Jones Pettus 1854 John Jones McRae 1854-57 William McWillie 1857-59 John Jones Pettus 1859-63 Charles Clark 1863-65 William Lewis Sharkey 1865 Benjamin G. Humphreys 1865-68 Adelbert Ames 1868-70 James L. Alcorn 1870-71 Ridgley Ceylon Powers 1871-74 Adelbert Ames 1874-76 John Marshall Stone 1876-82 Robert Lowry 1882-90 John Marshall Stone 1890-96 A. J. McLaurin 1896-1900 Andrew Houston Longino 1900-04 James K. Vardaman 1904-08 Edmond Favor Noel 1908-12 Earl Brewer 1912-16 Theodore G. Bilbo 1916-20 Lee M. Russell 1920-24 Henry L. Whitfield 1924-27 Dennis Murphree 1927-28 Theodore G. Bilbo 1928-32 Sennet Conner 1932-36 Hugh L. White 1936-40 Paul B. Johnson 1940-43 Dennis Murphree 1943-44 Thomas L. Bailey 1944-46 Fielding L. Wright 1946-52 Hugh L. White 1952-56 James Plemon Coleman 1956-60 Ross Barnett 1960-64 Paul B. Johnson, Jr. 1964-68 John Bell Williams 1968-72 William L. Waller 1972-76 Cliff Finch 1976-80 William F. Winter 1980-84 William A. Allain 1984-88 Ray Mabus, Jr. 1988-92 Kirk Fordice 1992-2000 Ronnie Musgrove 2000-04 Haley Barbour 2004-12 Phil Bryant 2012-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1819: Thomas Hinds, defeated.
  • 1825: Cowles Mead, defeated.
  • 1825 Nov 17: Walter Leake, died in office.
  • 1851: Jefferson Davis (Dem), defeated.
  • 1863: Reuben Davis, defeated.
  • 1869 Nov 30: Lewis Dent, defeated.
  • 1873: James L. Alcorn, defeated.
  • 1906: Earl Brewer, defeated.
  • 1907: Thomas U. Sisson, defeated.
  • 1915 Nov 2: Theodore G. Bilbo (Dem), elected; J. T. Lester (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1919: Ross A. Collins (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1919 Nov 4: Lee M. Russell (Dem), elected; J. T. Lester (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1923 Nov 6: Henry L. Whitfield (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1927 Mar 18: Henry L. Whitfield, died in office.
  • 1927 Nov 8: Theodore G. Bilbo (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1931 Nov 3: Sennet Conner (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1943 Dec 26: Paul B. Johnson, died in office.
  • 1946 Nov 2: Thomas L. Bailey, died in office.
  • 1991: Kirk Fordice (Rep), elected.
  • 1995: Kirk Fordice (Rep), elected.
  • 1999: Ronnie Musgrove (Dem), elected.
  • 2000: Mike Parker (Rep), defeated.
  • 2011 Nov 8: Phil Bryant (Rep), elected.
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