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Virginia: Governors

Governors of Virginia, 1776-2021 (May be incomplete!)
Patrick Henry 1776-79 Thomas Jefferson 1779-81 William Fleming 1781 Thomas Nelson, Jr. 1781 David Jameson 1781 Benjamin Harrison 1781-84 Patrick Henry 1784-86 Edmund Jenings Randolph 1786-88 Beverley Randolph 1788-91 Henry Lee 1791-94 Robert Brooke 1794-96 James Wood 1796-99 Hardin Burnley 1799 John Pendleton, Jr. 1799 James Monroe 1799-1802 John Page 1802-05 William H. Cabell 1805-08 John Tyler 1808-11 James Monroe 1811 George William Smith 1811 Peyton Randolph 1811-12 James Barbour 1812-14 Wilson C. Nicholas 1814-16 James P. Preston 1816-19 Thomas Mann Randolph 1819-22 James Pleasants 1822-25 John Tyler 1825-27 William B. Giles 1827-30 John Floyd 1830-34 Littleton W. Tazewell 1834-36 Wyndham Robertson 1836-37 David Campbell 1837-40 Thomas Walker Gilmer 1840-41 John Mercer Patton 1841 John Rutherford 1841-42 John M. Gregory 1842-43 James McDowell 1843-46 William Smith 1846-49 John B. Floyd 1849-52 Joseph Johnson 1852-55 Henry A. Wise 1856-59 John Letcher 1860-63 William Smith 1864-65 Francis Harrison Pierpoint 1865-68 Henry Horatio Wells 1868-69 Gilbert C. Walker 1869-74 James Lawson Kemper 1874-78 Frederick William Mackey Holliday 1878-82 William E. Cameron 1882-86 Fitzhugh Lee 1886-90 Philip W. McKinney 1890-94 Charles T. O'Ferrall 1894-98 J. Hoge Tyler 1898-1902 Andrew J. Montague 1902-06 Claude A. Swanson 1906-10 W. Hodges Mann 1910-14 Henry C. Stuart 1914-18 Westmoreland Davis 1918-22 E. Lee Trinkle 1922-26 Harry F. Byrd 1926-30 John Garland Pollard 1930-34 George C. Peery 1934-38 James H. Price 1938-42 Colgate W. Darden, Jr. 1942-46 William M. Tuck 1946-50 John S. Battle 1950-54 Thomas B. Stanley 1954-58 J. Lindsay Almond, Jr. 1958-62 Albert S. Harrison, Jr. 1962-66 Mills E. Godwin, Jr. 1966-70 Linwood Holton 1970-74 Mills E. Godwin, Jr. 1974-78 John N. Dalton 1978-82 Chuck Robb 1982-86 Gerald L. Baliles 1986-90 L. Douglas Wilder 1990-94 George F. Allen, Jr. 1994-98 Jim Gilmore 1998-2002 Mark Warner 2002-06 Tim Kaine 2006-10 Bob McDonnell 2010-14 Terry McAuliffe 2014-18 Ralph S. Northam 2018-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1811 Dec 26: George William Smith, died in office.
  • 1873: Robert William Hughes (Rep), defeated.
  • 1878: Fayette McMullen, defeated.
  • 1881: John W. Daniel, defeated.
  • 1885: John S. Wise (Rep), defeated.
  • 1893 Nov 7: Charles T. O'Ferrall (Dem), elected; Edmund R. Cocke (Populist), defeated; James R. Miller (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1897 Nov 2: J. Hoge Tyler (Dem), elected; Patrick H. McCaull (Rep), defeated; L. A. Cutler (Prohibition), defeated; J. J. Quantz (Socialist Labor), defeated; James S. Cowden (Ind), defeated.
  • 1901: Claude A. Swanson, defeated for nomination.
  • 1901 Nov 5: Andrew J. Montague (Dem), elected; J. Hampton Hoge (Rep), defeated; O. C. Rucker (Prohibition), defeated; H. D. McTier (Socialist Labor), defeated; J. J. Quantz (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1905 Nov 7: Claude A. Swanson (Dem), elected; Lunsford L. Lewis (Rep), defeated; B. D. Downey (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1909 Nov 2: W. Hodges Mann (Dem), elected; William P. Kent (Rep), defeated; A. H. Dennett (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1913 Nov 4: Henry C. Stuart (Dem), elected; C. Campbell (Socialist), defeated; B. D. Downey (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1917 Nov 6: Westmoreland Davis (Dem), elected; Thomas J. Muncy (Rep), defeated; Frank Smith (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1921 Nov 8: E. Lee Trinkle (Dem), elected; Henry W. Anderson (Rep), defeated; John P. Mitchell, Jr., defeated; Mrs. George Curtis, defeated; John P. Goodman, defeated.
  • 1925 Nov 3: Harry F. Byrd (Dem), elected; S. Harris Hoge (Rep), defeated.
  • 1929 Nov 5: John Garland Pollard (Dem), elected; William M. Brown (Rep), defeated; John J. Kafka (Socialist), defeated; W. A. Rowe (Ind), defeated.
  • 1933: Joseph T. Deal (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1933 Nov 7: George C. Peery (Dem), elected; Fred W. McWane (Rep), defeated; Andrew J. Dunning, Jr. (Prohibition), defeated; George C. White (Socialist), defeated; John M. Robinson (Ind), defeated; W. A. Rowe (Ind), defeated.
  • 1937 Nov 2: James H. Price (Dem), elected; J. Powell Royall (Rep), defeated; Donald Burke (Communist), defeated; James A. Edgerton (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1941 Nov 4: Colgate W. Darden, Jr. (Dem), elected; Benjamin Muse (Rep), defeated; Alice Burke (Communist), defeated; Hilliard Bernstein (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1945 Nov 6: William M. Tuck (Dem), elected; S. Floyd Landreth (Rep), defeated; Howard H. Carwile (Ind), defeated.
  • 1949 Nov 8: John S. Battle (Dem), elected; Walter Johnson (Rep), defeated; Clarke T. Robb (Social Democratic), defeated.
  • 1953 Nov 3: Thomas B. Stanley (Dem), elected; Ted Dalton (Rep), defeated; Howard H. Carwile (Ind), defeated.
  • 1957: Howard H. Carwile (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1957 Nov 5: J. Lindsay Almond, Jr. (Dem), elected; Ted Dalton (Rep), defeated; C. Gilmer Brooks (Ind), defeated.
  • 1961 Nov 7: Albert S. Harrison, Jr. (Dem), elected; H. Clyde Pearson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1965 Nov 2: Mills E. Godwin, Jr. (Dem), elected; Linwood Holton (Rep), defeated; William J. Story, Jr. (Conservative), defeated; George Lincoln Rockwell (American Nazi), defeated.
  • 1969: Henry Evans Howell, Jr., defeated.
  • 1973: Henry Evans Howell, Jr., defeated.
  • 1977: Henry Evans Howell, Jr., defeated.
  • 1989: L. Douglas Wilder (Dem), elected.
  • 1997: Don Beyer (Dem), defeated.
  • 2001 Nov 6: Mark Warner (Dem), elected; Mark Earley (Rep), defeated; Bill Redpath (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2005 Jun 14: Jerry W. Kilgore (Rep), nominated; George Fitch (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2005 Nov 8: Tim Kaine (Dem), elected; Jerry W. Kilgore (Rep), defeated; Russ Potts (Ind), defeated.
  • 2009 Jun 9: R. Creigh Deeds (Dem), nominated; Terry McAuliffe (Dem), defeated in primary; Brian Moran (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2009 Nov 3: Bob McDonnell (Rep), elected; R. Creigh Deeds (Dem), defeated.
  • 2013 Nov 5: Terry McAuliffe (Dem), elected; Ken Cuccinelli (Rep), defeated; Robert C. Sarvis (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2017 Jun 13: Ralph S. Northam (Dem), nominated; Tom Perriello (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2017 Jun 13: Ed Gillespie (Rep), nominated; Corey Stewart (Rep), defeated in primary; Frank W. Wagner (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2017 Nov 7: Ralph S. Northam (Dem), elected; Ed Gillespie (Rep), defeated; Cliff Hyra (Libertarian), defeated.
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    Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
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