List of Governors of Wyoming

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Governor of Wyoming
Seal of the Governor of Wyoming.svg
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Incumbent
Matt Mead

since January 3, 2011
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Francis E. Warren
1890
Formation Constitution of Wyoming

This is a list of the governors of Wyoming, beginning with Territorial Governors. Wyoming Territory was organized in 1868, and the state was admitted to the union on July 10, 1890.

List of Governors[edit]

Governors of Wyoming Territory[edit]

# Name Photo Took office Left office
1 John Allen Campbell John Allen Campbell.jpg 1869 1875
2 John Milton Thayer John Milton Thayer - Brady-Handy.jpg 1875 1878
3 John Wesley Hoyt John Wesley Hoyt.jpg 1878 1882
4 William Hale William Hale.jpg 1882 1885
5 Elliot S.N. Morgan Elliot Morgan.jpg 1885 1885
6 Francis E. Warren Francis E. Warren.jpg 1885 1886
7 George White Baxter George White Baxter.jpg 1886 1886
8 Elliot S.N. Morgan Elliot Morgan.jpg 1886 1887
9 Thomas Moonlight Thomas Moonlight.jpg 1887 1889
10 Francis E. Warren Francis E. Warren.jpg 1889 1890

Governors of Wyoming[edit]

Amos W. Barber, surgeon and second governor
John E. Osborne, the first Democratic governor
Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first female governor of any state
# Name Took office Left office Party Secretary of State Notes
1 Francis E. Warren October 11, 1890 November 24, 1890 Republican John W. Meldrum [1]
Amos W. Barber
2 Amos W. Barber November 24, 1890 January 2, 1893 Republican Amos W. Barber [2]
3 John E. Osborne January 2, 1893 January 7, 1895 Democratic Amos W. Barber
4 William A. Richards January 7, 1895 January 2, 1899 Republican Charles W. Burdick
5 DeForest Richards January 2, 1899 April 28, 1903 Republican Fenimore Chatterton [3]
6 Fenimore Chatterton April 28, 1903 January 2, 1905 Republican Fenimore Chatterton [2]
7 Bryant B. Brooks January 2, 1905 January 2, 1911 Republican Fenimore Chatterton
William Schnitger
8 Joseph M. Carey January 2, 1911 January 4, 1915 Republican (Progressive after 1912) Frank L. Houx
9 John B. Kendrick January 4, 1915 February 26, 1917 Democratic [1]
10 Frank L. Houx February 26, 1917 January 6, 1919 Democratic [2]
11 Robert D. Carey January 6, 1919 January 1, 1923 Republican William E. Chaplin
12 William B. Ross January 1, 1923 October 2, 1924 Democratic Frank E. Lucas [3]
13 Frank E. Lucas October 2, 1924 January 5, 1925 Republican Frank E. Lucas [2]
14 Nellie Tayloe Ross January 5, 1925 January 3, 1927 Democratic Frank E. Lucas
15 Frank C. Emerson January 3, 1927 February 18, 1931 Republican Alonzo M. Clark [3]
16 Alonzo M. Clark February 18, 1931 January 2, 1933 Republican [4]
17 Leslie A. Miller January 2, 1933 January 2, 1939 Democratic Alonzo M. Clark
Lester C. Hunt
18 Nels H. Smith January 2, 1939 January 4, 1943 Republican Lester C. Hunt
19 Lester C. Hunt January 4, 1943 January 3, 1949 Democratic Mart T. Christensen [1]
William Jack
Arthur G. Crane
20 Arthur G. Crane January 3, 1949 January 1, 1951 Republican Arthur G. Crane [2]
21 Frank A. Barrett January 1, 1951 January 3, 1953 Republican Clifford Joy Rogers [1]
22 Clifford Joy Rogers January 3, 1953 January 3, 1955 Republican [2]
23 Milward L. Simpson January 3, 1955 January 5, 1959 Republican Everett T. Copenhaver
24 John J. Hickey January 5, 1959 January 2, 1961 Democratic Jack R. Gage [5]
25 Jack R. Gage January 2, 1961 January 7, 1963 Democratic [2]
26 Clifford P. Hansen January 7, 1963 January 2, 1967 Republican Thyra Thomson
27 Stanley K. Hathaway January 2, 1967 January 6, 1975 Republican
28 Edgar J. Herschler January 6, 1975 January 5, 1987 Democratic
29 Mike Sullivan January 7, 1987 January 7, 1995 Democratic Kathy Karpan
30 Jim Geringer January 7, 1995 January 6, 2003 Republican Diana J. Ohman
Joseph Meyer
31 Dave Freudenthal January 6, 2003 January 3, 2011 Democratic Joseph Meyer
Max Maxfield
32 Matt Mead January 3, 2011 Incumbent Republican Max Maxfield

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g As state secretary of state, acted as governor.
  3. ^ a b c Died in office.
  4. ^ As state secretary of state, acted as governor until replacement elected.
  5. ^ Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.


Other high offices held[edit]

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Wyoming except where noted.

Name Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
John Milton Thayer 1875–1878 (territorial) U.S. Senator from Nebraska; Governor of Nebraska
Thomas Moonlight 1887-1889 (territorial) United States Minister to Bolivia
Francis E. Warren 1885–1886, 1889–1890 (territorial); 1890 S
John Eugene Osborne 1893–1895 H United States Assistant Secretary of State
William A. Richards 1895–1899 Commissioner of the General Land Office
Joseph M. Carey 1911–1915 H S
John B. Kendrick 1915–1917 S
Lester C. Hunt 1943–1949 S
Frank A. Barrett 1951–1953 H S
Milward L. Simpson 1955–1959 S
John J. Hickey 1959–1961 S
Clifford Hansen 1963–1967 S
Stanley K. Hathaway 1967–1975 United States Secretary of the Interior
Mike Sullivan 1987–1995 United States Ambassador to Ireland

Living former governors[edit]

As of August 2014, three former governors are alive, the oldest being Mike Sullivan (1987–1995, born 1939). The most recent governor to die was Clifford P. Hansen (1963–1967), on October 20, 2009. The most recently serving governor to die was Edgar J. Herschler (1975–1987), on February 5, 1990.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Mike Sullivan 1987–1995 (1939-09-22) September 22, 1939 (age 74)
Jim Geringer 1995–2003 (1944-04-24) April 24, 1944 (age 70)
Dave Freudenthal 2003–2011 (1950-10-12) October 12, 1950 (age 63)