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Oregon: Governors


Governors of Oregon, 1858-2008 (May be incomplete!)
John Whiteaker 1859-62 A. C. Gibbs 1862-66 George L. Woods 1866-70 La Fayette Grover 1870-77 Stephen F. Chadwick 1877-78 W. W. Thayer 1878-82 Zenas Ferry Moody 1882-87 Sylvester Pennoyer 1887-95 William P. Lord 1895-99 Theodore T. Geer 1899-1903 George E. Chamberlain 1903-09 Frank W. Benson 1909-10 Jay Bowerman 1910-11 Oswald West 1911-15 James Withycombe 1915-19 Ben W. Olcott 1919-23 Walter M. Pierce 1923-27 I. L. Patterson 1927-29 A. W. Norblad 1929-31 Julius L. Meier 1931-35 Charles H. Martin 1935-39 Charles A. Sprague 1939-43 Earl Snell 1943-47 John H. Hall 1947-49 Douglas McKay 1949-52 Paul L. Patterson 1952-56 Elmo Smith 1956-57 Robert D. Holmes 1957-59 Mark O. Hatfield 1959-67 Thomas Lawson McCall 1967-75 Robert W. Straub 1975-79 Victor Atiyeh 1979-87 Neil Goldschmidt 1987-91 Barbara Roberts 1991-95 John A. Kitzhaber 1995- Ted Kulongoski 2003-08

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1858: John Whiteaker (Dem), elected.
  • 1862: A. C. Gibbs (Rep), elected.
  • 1866: George L. Woods (Rep), elected.
  • 1870: La Fayette Grover (Dem), elected.
  • 1874: La Fayette Grover (Dem), elected.
  • 1877 Feb 1: La Fayette Grover, resigned.
  • 1878: W. W. Thayer (Dem), elected.
  • 1882: Zenas Ferry Moody (Rep), elected; Joseph S. Smith (Dem), defeated.
  • 1886: Sylvester Pennoyer, elected.
  • 1890: David P. Thompson (Rep), defeated; Sylvester Pennoyer, elected.
  • 1894: William P. Lord (Rep), elected.
  • 1898: Theodore T. Geer (Rep), elected; William R. King (Dem), defeated.
  • 1902: George E. Chamberlain (Dem), elected.
  • 1906: James Withycombe (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1906: George E. Chamberlain (Dem), elected.
  • 1909 Feb 28: George E. Chamberlain, resigned.
  • 1910: Oswald West (Dem), elected.
  • 1914 Nov 3: James Withycombe (Rep), elected; C. J. Smith (Dem), defeated; W. J. Smith (Socialist), defeated; W. S. U'Ren (Ind), defeated; F. M. Gill (Progressive), defeated; Will E. Purdy (Nonpartisan), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: James Withycombe (Rep), elected; Walter M. Pierce (Dem), defeated; B. F. Ramp (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1919 Mar 3: James Withycombe, died in office.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Walter M. Pierce (Dem), elected; Ben W. Olcott (Rep), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: I. L. Patterson (Rep), elected; Walter M. Pierce (Dem), defeated; H. H. Stallard (Ind), defeated.
  • 1929 Dec 21: I. L. Patterson, died in office.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Julius L. Meier (Ind), elected; Edward F. Bailey (Dem), defeated; Phil Metschan, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Albert Streiff (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1934: Charles H. Martin (Dem), elected.
  • 1938 May 20: Henry L. Hess (Dem), nominated; Charles H. Martin (Dem), defeated in primary; O. Henry Oleen (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1938 May 20: Charles A. Sprague (Rep), nominated; Sam H. Brown (Rep), defeated in primary; Clarence R. Wagoner (Rep), defeated in primary; Charles L. Paine (Rep), defeated in primary; Henry M. Hanzen (Rep), defeated in primary; J. W. Morton (Rep), defeated in primary; M. S. Schrock (Rep), defeated in primary; R. J. Hendricks (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1938 Nov 8: Charles A. Sprague (Rep), elected; Henry L. Hess (Dem), defeated.
  • 1942: Earl Snell (Rep), elected; Lew Wallace (Dem), defeated.
  • 1946: Earl Snell (Rep), elected.
  • 1947 Oct 28: Earl Snell, died in office.
  • 1948: Douglas McKay (Rep), elected; Lew Wallace (Dem), defeated.
  • 1950: Douglas McKay (Rep), elected.
  • 1952 Dec 27: Douglas McKay, resigned.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Paul L. Patterson (Rep), elected; Joseph K. Carson, Jr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956 Jan 31: Paul L. Patterson, died in office.
  • 1956 May 18: Elmo Smith (Rep), nominated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Elmo Smith (Rep), defeated; Robert D. Holmes (Dem), elected.
  • 1958: Mark O. Hatfield (Rep), elected.
  • 1962: Mark O. Hatfield (Rep), elected.
  • 1962 May 18: Daniel N. Cox (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1962 May 18: Herbert George Altvater (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1966: Robert W. Straub, defeated.
  • 1974: Robert W. Straub, elected; Victor Atiyeh (Rep), defeated.
  • 1978: Robert W. Straub, defeated.
  • 1982 May 18: Walter Huss (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1998 May 23: Walter Huss (Rep), defeated in primary.
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