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Governors of Washington, 1889-2019 (May be incomplete!)
Elisha P. Ferry 1889-93 John H. McGraw 1893-97 John R. Rogers 1897-1901 Henry McBride 1901-05 Albert E. Mead 1905-09 Samuel Goodlove Cosgrove 1909 Marion E. Hay 1909-13 Ernest Lister 1913-19 Louis F. Hart 1919-25 Roland H. Hartley 1925-33 Clarence D. Martin 1933-41 Arthur B. Langlie 1941-45 Monrad C. Wallgren 1945-49 Arthur B. Langlie 1949-57 Albert D. Rosellini 1957-65 Daniel J. Evans 1965-77 Dixy Lee Ray 1977-81 John D. Spellman 1981-85 Booth Gardner 1985-93 Mike Lowry 1993-97 Gary Locke 1997-2005 Christine Gregoire 2005-13 Jay Inslee 2013-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1889: Eugene Semple (Dem), defeated.
  • 1890: Roger Sherman Greene (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1892: Henry J. Snively, defeated; C. W. Young, defeated; J. Hamilton Lewis, defeated.
  • 1896: Peter C. Sullivan (Rep), defeated.
  • 1900: J. M. Frink (Rep), defeated.
  • 1901 Dec 26: John R. Rogers, died in office.
  • 1904: George Turner, defeated.
  • 1908: John Pattison (Dem), defeated; George E. Boomer (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1909 Mar 28: Samuel Goodlove Cosgrove, died in office.
  • 1912: Robert T. Hodge (Progressive), defeated; Marion E. Hay, defeated.
  • 1916: Henry McBride, defeated.
  • 1919 Jun 14: Ernest Lister, died in office.
  • 1920: Robert Bridges, defeated; W. W. Black (Dem), defeated.
  • 1924 Sep 9: Ben F. Hill (Dem), nominated; Walter J. Robinson (Dem), defeated in primary; Edward T. Mathes (Dem), defeated in primary; E. F. Blaine (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Sep 9: Roland H. Hartley (Rep), nominated; E. L. French (Rep), defeated in primary; Edward Clifford (Rep), defeated in primary; W. H. Paulhamus (Rep), defeated in primary; George B. Lamping (Rep), defeated in primary; William J. Coyle (Rep), defeated in primary; Thomas P. Revelle (Rep), defeated in primary; Peter Iverson (Rep), defeated in primary; Frank Pierce (Rep), defeated in primary; James Townsend Fullerton (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Sep 9: J. R. Oman (Farmer-Labor), nominated unopposed.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Roland H. Hartley (Rep), elected; Ben F. Hill (Dem), defeated; J. R. Oman (Farmer-Labor), defeated; William A. Gilmore, defeated; Emil M. Herman (Socialist), defeated; David Burgess (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1928: A. Scott Bullitt (Dem), defeated.
  • 1932: Lewis B. Schwellenbach (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1936: Ralph A. Horr (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1948: Clarence D. Martin (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1952: Charlie Hodde (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1952: Hugh B. Mitchell, defeated.
  • 1960: Lloyd J. Andrews (Rep), defeated.
  • 1968: John J. O'Connell, defeated.
  • 1972: Jim McDermott (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1976: Dixy Lee Ray (Dem), elected.
  • 1980: Dixy Lee Ray (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1980: Jim McDermott (Dem), defeated.
  • 1984: Jim McDermott (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1996: Jay Inslee (Dem), defeated in primary.
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