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Wisconsin: Governors

Governors of Wisconsin, 1848-2020 (May be incomplete!)
Nelson Dewey 1848-52 Leonard J. Farwell 1852-54 William A. Barstow 1854-56 Arthur MacArthur 1856 Coles Bashford 1856-58 Alexander W. Randall 1858-62 Louis P. Harvey 1862 Edward P. Salomon 1862-64 James T. Lewis 1864-66 Lucius Fairchild 1866-72 Cadwallader C. Washburn 1872-74 William R. Taylor 1874-76 Harrison Ludington 1876-78 William E. Smith 1878-82 Jeremiah M. Rusk 1882-89 William D. Hoard 1889-91 George W. Peck 1891-95 William H. Upham 1895-97 Edward Scofield 1897-1901 Robert M. LaFollette 1901-06 James O. Davidson 1906-11 Francis E. McGovern 1911-15 Emanuel L. Philipp 1915-21 John J. Blaine 1921-27 Fred R. Zimmerman 1927-29 Walter J. Kohler 1929-31 Philip F. LaFollette 1931-33 Albert G. Schmedeman 1933-35 Philip F. LaFollette 1935-39 Julius P. Heil 1939-43 Walter S. Goodland 1943-47 Oscar Rennebohm 1947-51 Walter J. Kohler, Jr. 1951-57 Vernon W. Thomson 1957-59 Gaylord A. Nelson 1959-63 John W. Reynolds, Jr. 1963-65 Warren P. Knowles 1965-71 Patrick J. Lucey 1971-77 Martin J. Schreiber 1977-79 Lee S. Dreyfus 1979-83 Anthony S. Earl 1983-87 Tommy G. Thompson 1987-2001 Scott McCallum 2001-03 James E. Doyle 2003-11 Scott Walker 2011-19 Tony Evers 2019-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1848 May 8: Nelson Dewey (Dem), elected; John H. Tweedy (Whig), defeated; Charles Durkee (Ind), defeated.
  • 1849 Nov 6: Nelson Dewey (Dem), elected; Alexander L. Collins (Whig), defeated; Warren Chase (Ind), defeated.
  • 1851 Nov 4: Leonard J. Farwell (Whig), elected; Don A. J. Upham (Dem), defeated.
  • 1853: William A. Barstow (Dem), elected; Edward D. Holton (Free Soil), defeated; Henry S. Baird (Whig), defeated.
  • 1855: William A. Barstow (Dem), elected, but lost subsequent challenge; Coles Bashford (Rep), defeated, but won subsequent challenge.
  • 1857: Alexander W. Randall (Rep), elected; James B. Cross (Dem), defeated.
  • 1859: Alexander W. Randall (Rep), elected; Harrison C. Hobart (Dem), defeated.
  • 1861: Louis P. Harvey (Rep), elected; Benjamin Ferguson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1862 Apr 19: Louis P. Harvey, died in office.
  • 1863: James T. Lewis (Rep), elected; Henry L. Palmer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1865: Lucius Fairchild (Rep), elected; Harrison C. Hobart (Dem), defeated.
  • 1867: Lucius Fairchild (Rep), elected; John J. Tallmadge (Dem), defeated.
  • 1869: Lucius Fairchild (Rep), elected; Charles D. Robinson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1871: Cadwallader C. Washburn (Rep), elected; James R. Doolittle (Dem), defeated.
  • 1873: William R. Taylor (Dem), elected; Cadwallader C. Washburn (Rep), defeated.
  • 1875: Harrison Ludington (Rep), elected; William R. Taylor (Dem), defeated.
  • 1877: William E. Smith (Rep), elected; James A. Mallory (Dem), defeated; Edward Phelps Allis (Greenback), defeated; Collin M. Campbell (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1879: William E. Smith (Rep), elected; James G. Jenkins (Dem), defeated; Reuben May (Greenback), defeated.
  • 1881: Jeremiah M. Rusk (Rep), elected; Nicholas D. Fratt (Dem), defeated; Theodore D. Kanouse (Prohibition), defeated; Edward Phelps Allis (Greenback), defeated.
  • 1884: Jeremiah M. Rusk (Rep), elected; Nicholas D. Fratt (Dem), defeated; Samuel Dexter Hastings (Prohibition), defeated; William L. Utley (Greenback), defeated.
  • 1886: Jeremiah M. Rusk (Rep), elected; Gilbert M. Woodward (Dem), defeated; John Cochrane (People's), defeated; John Myers Olin (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1888: William D. Hoard (Rep), elected; James Morgan (Dem), defeated; E. G. Durant (Prohibition), defeated; D. Frank Powell (Labor), defeated.
  • 1890: George W. Peck (Dem), elected; William D. Hoard (Rep), defeated; Charles Alexander (Prohibition), defeated; Reuben May (Union Labor), defeated.
  • 1892: George W. Peck (Dem), elected; John C. Spooner (Rep), defeated; Thomas C. Richmond (Prohibition), defeated; C. M. Butt (People's), defeated.
  • 1894: William H. Upham (Rep), elected; George W. Peck (Dem), defeated; D. Frank Powell (People's), defeated; John F. Cleghorn (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1896: Edward Scofield (Rep), elected; Willis C. Silverthorn (Dem), defeated; Joshua H. Berkey (Prohibition), defeated; Christ Tuttrop (Socialist Labor), defeated; Robert Henderson (National), defeated.
  • 1898: Edward Scofield (Rep), elected; Hiram Wilson Sawyer (Dem), defeated; Albinus A. Worsley (People's), defeated; Eugene W. Chafin (Prohibition), defeated; Howard Tuttle (Social Democratic), defeated; Henry Riese (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1900: Robert M. LaFollette (Rep), elected; Louis G. Bomrich (Dem), defeated; J. Burritt Smith (Prohibition), defeated; Howard Tuttle (Social Democratic), defeated; Frank R. Wilke (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1902: Robert M. LaFollette (Rep), elected; David S. Rose (Dem), defeated; Emil Seidel (Social Democratic), defeated; Edwin W. Drake (Prohibition), defeated; Henry E. D. Puck (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1904: Robert M. LaFollette (Rep), elected; George W. Peck (Dem), defeated; William A. Arnold (Social Democratic), defeated; Edward Scofield (National Republican), defeated; William H. Clark (Prohibition), defeated; Charles M. Minkley (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1906: James O. Davidson (Rep), elected; John A. Aylward (Dem), defeated; Winfield R. Gaylord (Social Democratic), defeated; Ephraim L. Eaton (Prohibition), defeated; Ole T. Rosaas (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1908: James O. Davidson (Rep), elected; John A. Aylward (Dem), defeated; Harvey D. Brown (Social Democratic), defeated; Winfred D. Cox (Prohibition), defeated; Herman Bottema (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1910 Nov 8: Francis E. McGovern (Rep), elected; Adolph H. Schmitz (Dem), defeated; William A. Jacobs (Social Democratic), defeated; Byron E. Van Keuren (Prohibition), defeated; Fred G. Kremer (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Francis E. McGovern (Rep), elected; John C. Karel (Dem), defeated; Carl D. Thompson (Social Democratic), defeated; Charles L. Hill (Prohibition), defeated; William H. Curtis (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Emanuel L. Philipp (Rep), elected; John C. Karel (Dem), defeated; John J. Blaine (Ind), defeated; Oscar Ameringer (Social Democratic), defeated; David W. Emerson (Prohibition), defeated; John Vierthaler (Ind), defeated.
  • 1916 Sep 5: Burt Williams (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 1916 Sep 5: Emanuel L. Philipp (Rep), nominated; William H. Hatton (Rep), defeated in primary; Francis E. McGovern (Rep), defeated in primary; Don C. Hall (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1916 Sep 5: George McKerrow (Prohibition), nominated unopposed.
  • 1916 Sep 5: Rae Weaver (Socialist), nominated unopposed.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Emanuel L. Philipp (Rep), elected; Burt Williams (Dem), defeated; Rae Weaver (Socialist), defeated; George McKerrow (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Emanuel L. Philipp (Rep), elected; Henry A. Moehlenpah (Dem), defeated; Emil Seidel (Social Democratic), defeated; William C. Dean (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1920 Nov 2: John J. Blaine (Rep), elected; Robert McCoy (Dem), defeated; William Coleman (Socialist), defeated; Henry H. Tubbs (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: John J. Blaine (Rep), elected; Arthur A. Bentley (Independent Democratic), defeated; Louis A. Arnold (Socialist), defeated; M. L. Welles (Prohibition), defeated; Arthur A. Dietrich (Independent Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1924 Nov 4: John J. Blaine (Rep), elected; Martin L. Lueck (Dem), defeated; William F. Quick (Socialist), defeated; Adolph R. Bucknam (Prohibition), defeated; Severi Alanne (Ind Workers), defeated; Farrand K. Shuttleworth (Independent Progressive Republican), defeated; Jose Snover (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: Fred R. Zimmerman (Rep), elected; Charles B. Perry (Ind), defeated; Virgil H. Cady (Dem), defeated; Herman O. Kent (Socialist), defeated; David W. Emerson (Prohibition), defeated; Alex Gorden (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Walter J. Kohler (Rep), elected; Albert G. Schmedeman (Dem), defeated; Otto R. Hauser (Socialist), defeated; Adolph R. Bucknam (Prohibition), defeated; Joseph Ehrhardt (Independent Labor), defeated; Alvar J. Hayes (Ind Workers), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Philip F. LaFollette (Rep), elected; Charles E. Hammersley (Dem), defeated; Frank B. Metcalfe (Socialist), defeated; Alfred B. Taynton (Prohibition), defeated; Fred B. Blair (Communist), defeated.
  • 1932: Walter J. Kohler, defeated.
  • 1934: Greene (Rep), defeated; Philip F. LaFollette (Progressive), elected; Albert G. Schmedeman, defeated; George A. Nelson (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1936: Alexander Wiley, defeated; Arthur W. Lueck (Dem), defeated.
  • 1938: Bolens (Dem), defeated; Philip F. LaFollette, defeated.
  • 1940: Raymond J. Cannon, defeated for nomination; McGovern, defeated; Louis Fisher (Socialist Labor), defeated; Orland S. Loomis (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1942: Raymond J. Cannon, defeated for nomination; Sullivan (Dem), defeated; Georgia Cozzini (Socialist Labor), defeated; Julius P. Heil, defeated; Orland S. Loomis (Progressive), elected, but died before taking office.
  • 1944: Georgia Cozzini (Socialist Labor), defeated; Daniel W. Hoan (Dem), defeated.
  • 1946: Daniel W. Hoan (Dem), defeated.
  • 1947 Mar 12: Walter S. Goodland, died in office.
  • 1948: Carl W. Thompson (Dem), defeated; Georgia Cozzini (Socialist Labor), defeated; Oscar Rennebohm, elected.
  • 1950 Sep 19: Carl W. Thompson (Dem), nominated; Charles P. Greene (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1950 Sep 19: Walter J. Kohler, Jr. (Rep), nominated; Leonard Schmitt (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Walter J. Kohler, Jr. (Rep), elected; Carl W. Thompson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1952: William Proxmire, defeated.
  • 1954: William Proxmire, defeated; James E. Doyle (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Vernon W. Thomson (Rep), elected; William Proxmire (Dem), defeated.
  • 1958: Vernon W. Thomson, defeated.
  • 1960: Philip G. Kuehn (Rep), defeated.
  • 1962: Philip G. Kuehn (Rep), defeated.
  • 1964: John W. Reynolds, Jr., defeated.
  • 1966: Patrick J. Lucey (Dem), defeated.
  • 1968 Nov 5: Warren P. Knowles (Rep), elected; Bronson C. LaFollette (Dem), defeated; Adolf Wiggert (Ind), defeated; Robert Wilkinson (Ind), defeated.
  • 1970: Georgia Cozzini (Socialist Labor), defeated; Jack B. Olson, defeated.
  • 1974: William D. Dyke (Rep), defeated; Georgia Cozzini (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1978: Robert W. Kasten, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1990: Thomas A. Loftus (Dem), defeated.
  • 2002: Thomas M. Barrett (Dem), defeated.
  • 2010: Scott Walker (Rep), elected.
  • 2012: Scott Walker (Rep), elected.
  • 2014: Scott Walker (Rep), elected.
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