Governors of Alabama

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A list of governors from the state of Alabama.[1]

Name Party Years
William Wyatt Bibb Democrat 1817-1820[2]
Thomas Bibb Democrat 1820-1821
Israel Pickens Democrat 1821-1825
John Murphy Democrat 1825-1829
Gabriel Moore Democrat 1829-1831
Samuel B. Moore Democrat 1831
John Gayle Democrat/Whig 1831-1835
Clement Comer Clay Democrat 1835-1837
Hugh McVay Democrat 1837
Arthur Pendleton Bagby Democrat 1837-1841
Benjamin Fitzpatrick Democrat 1841-1845
Josua Lanier Martin Democrat 1845-1847
Reuben Chapman Democrat 1847-1849
Henry Watkins Collier Democrat 1849-1853
John Anthony Winston Democrat 1853-1857
Andrew Barry Moore Democrat 1857-1861
John Gill Shorter Democrat 1861-1863
Thomas Hill Watts Democrat 1863-1865
Lewis Eliphalet Parsons Democrat 1865
Robert Miller Patton Pre-war Whig 1865-1867
Wager Swayne 1867-1868
Willian Hugh Smith Republican 1868-1870
Robert Burns Lindsay Democrat 1870-1872
David Peter Lewis Republican 1872-1874
George Smith Houston Democrat 1874-1878
Rufus Wills Cobb Democrat 1878-1882
Edward Asbury O'Neil Democrat 1882-1886
Thomas Seay Democrat 1886-1890
Thomas Goode Jones Democrat 1890-1894
William Calvin Oates Democrat 1894-1896
Joseph Forney Johnston Democrat 1896-1900
William Dorsey Jelks Democrat 1900, 1901-1907
William James Sanford Democrat 1900-1901
Russell McWhorter Cunningham Democrat 1904-1905
Braxton Bragg Comer Democrat 1907-1911
Emmet O'Neal Democrat 1911-1915
Charles Henderson Democrat 1915-1919
Thomas Erby Kilby Democrat 1919-1923
William Woodward Brandon Democrat 1923-1927
Charles Samuel McDowell, Jr. Democrat 1924
David Bibb Graves Democrat 1927-1931, 1935-1939
Benjamin Meek Miller Democrat 1931-1935
Frank Murray Dixon Democrat 1939-1943
Chauncey Sparks Democrat 1943-1947
James Elisha Folsom, Jr. Democrat 1947-1951, 1955-1959
Seth Gordon Persons Democrat 1951-1955
John Malcolm Patterson Democrat 1959-1963
George Corley Wallace Democrat 1963-1967, 1971-1979, 1983-1987
Lurleen Burns Wallace Democrat 1967-1968
Albert Preston Brewer Democrat 1968-1971
Jere Beasley Democrat 1972
Forrest Hood (Fob) James, Jr. Democrat 1979-1983, 1995-1999
Harold Guy Hunt Republican 1987-1993
James Elisha Folsom, Jr. Democrat 1993-1995
Don Siegelman Democrat 1999-2003
Bob Riley Republican 2003-2011
Robert J. Bentley Republican 2011-present

Further reading

  • Stewart, John Craig. The Governors of Alabama. Gretna, La.: Pelican, 1975. 232 pp.
  • Webb, Samuel L. and Armbrester, Margaret E., eds. Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State. Tuscaloosa: U. of Alabama Pr., 2001. 289 pp.

Notes

  1. http://www.netstate.com/states/government/al_formergov.htm
  2. Bibb was the governor of the Territory of Alabama from 1817-1819.
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