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Pennsylvania: Governors

Governors of Pennsylvania, 1790-2016 (May be incomplete!)
Thomas Mifflin 1790-99 Thomas McKean 1799-1808 Simon Snyder 1808-17 William Findlay 1817-20 Joseph Hiester 1820-23 J. Andrew Shulze 1823-29 George Wolf 1829-35 Joseph Ritner 1835-39 David Rittenhouse Porter 1839-45 Francis R. Shunk 1845-48 William F. Johnston 1848-52 William Bigler 1852-55 James Pollock 1855-58 William F. Packer 1858-61 Andrew G. Curtin 1861-67 John W. Geary 1867-73 John F. Hartranft 1873-79 Henry Martyn Hoyt 1879-83 Robert E. Pattison 1883-87 James A. Beaver 1887-91 Robert E. Pattison 1891-95 Daniel H. Hastings 1895-99 William A. Stone 1899-1903 Samuel W. Pennypacker 1903-07 Edwin S. Stuart 1907-11 John K. Tener 1911-15 Martin G. Brumbaugh 1915-19 William C. Sproul 1919-23 Gifford Pinchot 1923-27 John S. Fisher 1927-31 Gifford Pinchot 1931-35 George H. Earle 1935-39 Arthur H. James 1939-43 Edward Martin 1943-47 John C. Bell, Jr. 1947 James H. Duff 1947-51 John S. Fine 1951-55 George M. Leader 1955-59 David L. Lawrence 1959-63 William W. Scranton 1963-67 Raymond P. Shafer 1967-71 Milton Shapp 1971-79 Richard L. Thornburgh 1979-87 Robert P. Casey 1987-95 Tom Ridge 1995-2001 Mark S. Schweiker 2001-03 Ed Rendell 2003-11 Tom Corbett 2011-15 Tom Wolf 2015-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1790: Thomas Mifflin (Dem), elected; Arthur St. Clair (Federalist), defeated.
  • 1793: Thomas Mifflin (Dem), elected; Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg (Federalist), defeated.
  • 1796: Thomas Mifflin (Dem), elected; Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg (Federalist), defeated.
  • 1811: William Tilghman, defeated.
  • 1814: Isaac Wayne (Dem), defeated.
  • 1829: Joseph Ritner, defeated.
  • 1832: Joseph Ritner, defeated.
  • 1835: Henry A. Muhlenberg, defeated; George Wolf, defeated.
  • 1838: Joseph Ritner, defeated.
  • 1841: John Banks, defeated.
  • 1844: Joseph Markle, defeated.
  • 1847: James Irwin, defeated; James Irvin (Whig), defeated.
  • 1848: Morris Longstreth, defeated.
  • 1851: William F. Johnston, defeated.
  • 1854: William Bigler, defeated.
  • 1857: David Wilmot, defeated.
  • 1860: Henry Donnel Foster, defeated.
  • 1863: George Washington Woodward, defeated.
  • 1866: Hiester Clymer, defeated.
  • 1869: Asa Packer, defeated.
  • 1872: Charles R. Buckalew, defeated; Harry White, defeated.
  • 1875: Cyrus L. Pershing, defeated.
  • 1878: Samuel R. Mason, defeated; Andrew H. Dill, defeated.
  • 1882 Nov 7: Robert E. Pattison (Dem), elected; James A. Beaver (Rep), defeated; John Stewart (Independent Republican), defeated; Thomas A. Armstrong (Greenback Labor), defeated; Alfred C. Petit (Temperance), defeated.
  • 1886 Nov 2: James A. Beaver (Rep), elected; Chauncey F. Black (Dem), defeated; Charles S. Wolf (Prohibition), defeated; Robert J. Houston (Greenback), defeated.
  • 1890 Nov 4: Robert E. Pattison (Dem), elected; George W. Delamater (Rep), defeated; John D. Gill (Prohibition), defeated; T. P. Rynder (Labor), defeated.
  • 1894 Nov 6: Daniel H. Hastings (Rep), elected; William M. Singerly (Dem), defeated; Charles L. Hawley (Prohibition), defeated; Jerome T. Ailman (People's), defeated; Thomas H. Grundy (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1898 Nov 8: William A. Stone (Rep), elected; George A. Jenks (Dem), defeated; Silas C. Swallow (Prohibition & Honest Government & People's & Liberty), defeated; J. Mahlon Barnes (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1902 Nov 4: Samuel W. Pennypacker (Rep & Citizens), elected; Robert E. Pattison (Dem & Anti-Machine & Ballot Reform), defeated; Silas C. Swallow (Prohibition), defeated; John W. Slayton (Socialist), defeated; William Adams (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1906 Nov 6: Edwin S. Stuart (Rep & Citizens), elected; Lewis Emery, Jr. (Dem & Lincoln & Commonwealth & Union Labor & Referendum), defeated; Homer L. Castle (Prohibition), defeated; James H. Maurer (Socialist), defeated; John Desmond (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1910 Nov 8: John K. Tener (Rep & Workingmen's League), elected; William H. Berry (Keystone), defeated; Webster Grim (Dem), defeated; John W. Slayton (Socialist), defeated; Madison F. Larkin (Prohibition), defeated; George C. Anton (Industrial), defeated.
  • 1914 May 19: Martin G. Brumbaugh (Rep), nominated.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Martin G. Brumbaugh (Rep & Keystone & Personal Liberty), elected; Vance C. McCormick (Dem & Washington), defeated; Joseph B. Allen (Socialist), defeated; Matthew H. Stevenson (Prohibition), defeated; William Draper Lewis (Roosevelt Progressive), defeated; Charles N. Brumm (Bull Moose), defeated; Caleb Harrison (Industrial), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: William C. Sproul (Rep & Washington), elected; Eugene C. Bonniwell (Dem & Fair Play), defeated; Edwin J. Fithian (Prohibition), defeated; Charles Sehl (Socialist), defeated; Robert C. Macauley (Single Tax), defeated.
  • 1922 May 16: John A. McSparran (Dem), nominated; Robert E. Pattison, Jr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1922 May 16: Gifford Pinchot (Rep), nominated; George E. Alter (Rep), defeated in primary; Frank P. Croft (Rep), defeated in primary; John S. Fisher (Rep), defeated in primary; John Clinton Parker (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Gifford Pinchot (Rep), elected; John A. McSparran (Dem), defeated; Lilith Martin Wilson (Socialist), defeated; William Repp (Prohibition), defeated; William H. Thomas (Industrial), defeated; John W. Dix (Single Tax), defeated.
  • 1926 May 18: Eugene C. Bonniwell (Dem), nominated; Samuel E. Shull (Dem), defeated in primary; William E. E. Porter (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1926 May 18: John S. Fisher (Rep), nominated; Edward E. Beidleman (Rep), defeated in primary; Thomas W. Phillips, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary; John K. Tener (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1926 May 18: George L. Pennock (Prohibition), nominated; John S. Fisher (Prohibition), defeated in primary.
  • 1926 May 18: John W. Slayton (Socialist), nominated unopposed.
  • 1926 May 18: Edward E. Beidleman (Labor), nominated unopposed, but withdrew.
  • 1926 Nov 2: John S. Fisher (Rep), elected; Eugene C. Bonniwell (Dem & Labor), defeated; George L. Pennock (Prohibition), defeated; John W. Slayton (Socialist), defeated; Harry M. Wicks (Workers), defeated; Julian P. Hickok (Commonwealth Land), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Gifford Pinchot (Rep & Prohibition), elected; John M. Hemphill (Dem & Liberal), defeated; James H. Maurer (Socialist), defeated; Frank Mozer (Communist), defeated.
  • 1934 May 15: George H. Earle (Dem), nominated; Charles D. Copeland (Dem), defeated in primary; Eugene C. Bonniwell (Dem), defeated in primary; William N. McNair (Dem), defeated in primary; John A. McSparran (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1934 May 15: William A. Schnader (Rep), nominated; Edward C. Shannon (Rep), defeated in primary; Charles J. Margiotti (Rep), defeated in primary; Thomas W. Phillips, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary; John A. McSparran (Rep), defeated in primary; Benjamin G. Eynon (Rep), defeated in primary; Harry S. McDevitt (Rep), defeated in primary; Jay Williams Sechler (Rep), defeated in primary; Louis G. Karzis (Rep), defeated in primary; George A. Welsh (Rep), defeated in primary; Marion D. Patterson (Rep), defeated in primary; Robert E. Lamberton (Rep), defeated in primary; Albert S. C. Millar (Rep), defeated in primary; Edward L. Stokes (Rep), defeated in primary; Tilghman E. Hauseman (Rep), defeated in primary; Charles Avery Dravo (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1934 May 15: Herbert T. Ames (Prohibition), nominated unopposed.
  • 1934 May 15: Jesse H. Holmes (Socialist), nominated unopposed.
  • 1934 Nov 6: George H. Earle (Dem), elected; William A. Schnader (Rep), defeated; Jesse H. Holmes (Socialist), defeated; Herbert T. Ames (Prohibition), defeated; Emmett P. Cush (Communist), defeated; Bess Gyekis (Industrial Labor), defeated.
  • 1938: Gifford Pinchot (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1938 Nov 8: Arthur H. James (Rep), elected; Charles A. Jones (Dem & Royal Oak), defeated; Jesse H. Holmes (Socialist), defeated; Robert G. Burnham (Prohibition), defeated; Ella Bloor Omholt (Communist), defeated.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Edward Martin (Rep), elected; F. Clair Ross (Dem), defeated; Dale H. Learn (Prohibition), defeated; John J. Haluska (United Pension), defeated; Joseph Pirincin (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1946 Nov 5: James H. Duff (Rep), elected; John S. Rice (Dem), defeated; James A. W. Killip (Prohibition), defeated; George S. Taylor (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1950 Nov 7: John S. Fine (Rep), elected; Richardson K. Dilworth (Dem), defeated; Richard R. Blews (Prohibition), defeated; Reginald B. Naugle (G.I.'s Against Communism), defeated; Thomas J. Fitzpatrick (Progressive), defeated; Robert Z. Wilson (Socialist), defeated; George S. Taylor (Industrial Government), defeated; Herbert Lewin (Militant Workers), defeated.
  • 1954 May 18: George M. Leader (Dem), nominated; William D. McClelland (Dem), defeated in primary; Charles J. Schmitt (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 May 18: Lloyd H. Wood (Rep), nominated; Thomas S. Stephenson (Rep), defeated in primary; Gordon F. Chamberlin (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Nov 2: George M. Leader (Dem), elected; Lloyd H. Wood (Rep), defeated; Henry Beitscher (Progressive), defeated; Louis Dirle (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1958 May 20: David L. Lawrence (Dem), nominated; Roy E. Furman (Dem), defeated in primary; Edward P. Lavelle (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1958 May 20: Arthur T. McGonigle (Rep), nominated; Harold E. Stassen (Rep), defeated in primary; William S. Livengood, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary; Harold J. Vaughan (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1958 Nov 4: David L. Lawrence (Dem), elected; Arthur T. McGonigle (Rep), defeated; Herman A. Johansen (Socialist Labor), defeated; Herbert Lewin (Workers), defeated.
  • 1962 May 15: Richardson K. Dilworth (Dem), nominated; Harvey F. Johnston (Dem), defeated in primary; Charles J. Schmitt (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1962 May 15: William W. Scranton (Rep), nominated; J. Collins McSparran (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1962 Nov 6: William W. Scranton (Rep), elected; Richardson K. Dilworth (Dem), defeated; George S. Taylor (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1966: Robert P. Casey (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1966 Nov 8: Raymond P. Shafer (Rep), elected; Milton Shapp (Dem), defeated; Edward S. Swartz (Constitutional), defeated; George S. Taylor (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1970 May 19: Milton Shapp (Dem), nominated; Robert P. Casey (Dem), defeated in primary; Harvey F. Johnston (Dem), defeated in primary; Samuel G. Neff (Dem), defeated in primary; Walter J. Tray (Dem), defeated in primary; Edward P. Lavelle (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1970 Nov 3: Milton Shapp (Dem), elected; Raymond J. Broderick (Rep), defeated; Andrew J. Watson (Constitutional), defeated; Francis McGeever (American Independent), defeated; George S. Taylor (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1974 Nov 5: Drew Lewis (Rep), defeated.
  • 1978: Robert P. Casey (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1978: Peter F. Flaherty (Dem), defeated.
  • 1982: Allen E. Ertel, defeated.
  • 1986: Ed Rendell (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 May 10: Mark S. Singel (Dem), nominated; Dwight E. Evans (Dem), defeated in primary; Catherine Baker Knoll (Dem), defeated in primary; Lynn Yeakel (Dem), defeated in primary; Charles J. Volpe, Jr. (Dem), defeated in primary; Robert W. O'Donnell (Dem), defeated in primary; Phillip Valenti (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 May 10: Tom Ridge (Rep), nominated; Ernie D. Preate, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary; Samuel P. Katz (Rep), defeated in primary; D. Michael Fisher (Rep), defeated in primary; John F. Perry III (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Tom Ridge (Rep), elected; Mark S. Singel (Dem), defeated; Peg Luksik (Constitution), defeated; Patrick Fallon (Libertarian), defeated; Timothy E. Holloway (Patriot), defeated.
  • 1998 May 19: Ivan Itkin (Dem), nominated; Don Bailey (Dem), defeated in primary; William Keisling (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1998 May 19: Tom Ridge (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Tom Ridge (Rep), elected; Ivan Itkin (Dem), defeated; Peg Luksik (Constitution), defeated; Kenneth V. Krawchuk (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2002 May 21: Ed Rendell (Dem), nominated; Bob Casey, Jr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2002 May 21: D. Michael Fisher (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Ed Rendell (Dem), elected; D. Michael Fisher (Rep), defeated; Kenneth V. Krawchuk (Libertarian), defeated; Michael Morrill (Green), defeated.
  • 2006 May 16: Ed Rendell (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2006 May 16: Lynn Swann (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 2006 Nov 7: Ed Rendell (Dem), elected; Lynn Swann (Rep), defeated.
  • 2010 May 18: Dan Onorato (Dem), nominated; Jack Wagner (Dem), defeated in primary; Anthony H. Williams (Dem), defeated in primary; Joseph M. Hoeffel (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2010 May 18: Tom Corbett (Rep), nominated; Sam Rohrer (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Tom Corbett (Rep), elected; Dan Onorato (Dem), defeated.
  • 2014 May 20: Tom Wolf (Dem), nominated; Allyson Y. Schwartz (Dem), defeated in primary; Robert M. McCord (Dem), defeated in primary; Katie A. McGinty (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2014 May 20: Tom Corbett (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 2014 Nov 4: Tom Wolf (Dem), elected; Tom Corbett (Rep), defeated.
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