The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
West Virginia: Governors

Governors of West Virginia, 1863-2019 (May be incomplete!)
Arthur I. Boreman 1863-69 Daniel D. T. Farnsworth 1869 William E. Stevenson 1869-71 John J. Jacob 1871-77 Henry Mason Mathews 1877-81 Jacob B. Jackson 1881-85 E. Willis Wilson 1885-90 Aretas Brooks Fleming 1890-93 William A. MacCorkle 1893-97 George W. Atkinson 1897-1901 Albert B. White 1901-05 William M. O. Dawson 1905-09 William E. Glasscock 1909-13 Henry D. Hatfield 1913-17 John J. Cornwell 1917-21 Ephraim F. Morgan 1921-25 Howard M. Gore 1925-29 William G. Conley 1929-33 Herman Guy Kump 1933-37 Homer A. Holt 1937-41 Matthew M. Neely 1941-45 Clarence W. Meadows 1945-49 Okey L. Patteson 1949-53 William C. Marland 1953-57 Cecil H. Underwood 1957-61 W. Wallace Barron 1961-65 Hulett C. Smith 1965-69 Arch A. Moore, Jr. 1969-77 Jay Rockefeller 1977-85 Arch A. Moore, Jr. 1985-89 Gaston Caperton 1989-97 Cecil H. Underwood 1997-2001 Bob Wise 2001-05 Joe Manchin 2005-10 Earl Ray Tomblin 2010-17 Jim Justice 2017-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1863 May 28: Arthur I. Boreman (Rep), elected unopposed.
  • 1866: Benjamin H. Smith, defeated.
  • 1868: Johnson N. Camden, defeated.
  • 1870: William E. Stevenson, defeated.
  • 1872: Johnson N. Camden, defeated.
  • 1876: Nathan Goff, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1880: George C. Sturgiss, defeated.
  • 1884: Thomas R. Carskadon (Prohibition), defeated; Edwin Maxwell, defeated.
  • 1888: Nathan Goff, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Thomas R. Carskadon (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1892: Thomas E. Davis (Rep), defeated.
  • 1896: Cornelius C. Watts, defeated.
  • 1900: John H. Holt (Dem), defeated.
  • 1904: John J. Cornwell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1908: Bennett (Dem), defeated.
  • 1912: W. R. Thompson, defeated.
  • 1916: Robinson, defeated.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Samuel B. Montgomery, defeated; Arthur B. Koontz (Dem), defeated.
  • 1924: Edward T. England (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Howard M. Gore (Rep), elected; Jake Fisher (Dem), defeated; A. S. Bosworth (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1928: J. Alfred Taylor (Dem), defeated.
  • 1928 May 29: William G. Conley (Rep), nominated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: William G. Conley (Rep), elected.
  • 1932: T. C. Townsend (Rep), defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Homer A. Holt (Dem), elected; Summers H. Sharp (Rep), defeated.
  • 1940 May 14: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), nominated; R. Carl Andrews (Dem), defeated in primary; R. Hugh Jarvis (Dem), defeated in primary; Elmer A. Jones (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 May 14: D. Boone Dawson (Rep), nominated; Lewis H. Miller (Rep), defeated in primary; David B. Ealy (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Matthew M. Neely (Dem), elected; D. Boone Dawson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1944: Rush D. Holt, defeated for nomination.
  • 1944: R. D. Bailey (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1944 Nov 7: Clarence W. Meadows (Dem), elected; D. Boone Dawson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Okey L. Patteson (Dem), elected; Herbert S. Boreman (Rep), defeated.
  • 1952: E. H. Hedrick (Dem), defeated in primary; R. D. Bailey (Dem), defeated in primary; Cyrus S. Kump (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1952: Rush D. Holt, defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Cecil H. Underwood (Rep), elected; Bob Mollohan (Dem), defeated.
  • 1960: Chapman Revercomb, defeated for nomination.
  • 1960 Nov 8: W. Wallace Barron (Dem), elected; Harold E. Neely (Rep), defeated.
  • 1964: Cecil H. Underwood, defeated.
  • 1968 Nov 5: Arch A. Moore, Jr. (Rep), elected; James M. Sprouse (Dem), defeated.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Arch A. Moore, Jr. (Rep), elected; Jay Rockefeller (Dem), defeated.
  • 1976 Nov 2: Jay Rockefeller (Dem), elected; Cecil H. Underwood (Rep), defeated.
  • 1980 Nov 4: Jay Rockefeller (Dem), elected; Arch A. Moore, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Jack K. Kelley (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 1984 Nov 6: Arch A. Moore, Jr. (Rep), elected; Clyde M. See, Jr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1988: Arch A. Moore, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Gus R. Douglass, defeated.
  • 1992: Cleveland K. Benedict (Rep), defeated.
  • 1996: Joe Manchin (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1996: David B. McKinley (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1996: Cecil H. Underwood (Rep), elected.
  • 2000: Bob Wise (Dem), elected; Cecil H. Underwood (Rep), defeated.
  • 2004 May 11: Richard A. Robb (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2004 Nov 2: Joe Manchin (Dem), elected; Monty Warner (Rep), defeated; Jesse Johnson (Mountain), defeated; Simon McClure, defeated.
  • 2011 Oct 4: Earl Ray Tomblin (Dem), elected; Bill Maloney (Rep), defeated; Bob Henry Baber (Mountain), defeated; Marla Dee Ingels (Ind), defeated; Harry V. Bertram (American Third Position), defeated; Phil Hudok, defeated; Donald Lee Underwood, defeated; John R. Bartlett, defeated.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Earl Ray Tomblin (Dem), elected; Bill Maloney (Rep), defeated; Jesse Johnson (Mountain), defeated; David Moran (Libertarian), defeated.
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    Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
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