List of the longest-lived United States Governors

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This is a list of the 100 oldest United States governors. It is compiled from governors who have lived the longest, irrespective of their age while in office. It only includes state governors and omits any from territories or colonies. Several of the executives on this list were never elected to office as they were either appointed or served as acting governor. An addendum has been provided to show the 100 oldest that were elected. Albert Rosellini holds the record for the longest lifespan at 101 years, 262 days as of his death on October 10, 2011. The oldest living person is Raúl H. Castro at age 98 years, 79 days and he will become the oldest ever if he is still alive on March 2, 2018. The living governor that is closest to entering this list is Charles Thone at age 90 years, 238 days.

100 oldest governors[edit]

      Deceased       Living       Acted or appointed as governor; never elected

Rank Governor State Served Party Date of birth Date of death Age
1 Albert Rosellini Washington 1957–1965 Democratic January 21, 1910 October 10, 2011 101 years, 262 days
2 Jimmie Davis Louisiana 1944–1948, 1960–1964 Democratic September 11, 1899 November 5, 2000 101 years, 55 days
3 Nellie Tayloe Ross Wyoming 1925–1927 Democratic November 29, 1876 December 19, 1977 101 years, 20 days
4 Strom Thurmond South Carolina 1947–1951 Democratic December 5, 1902 June 26, 2003 100 years, 203 days
5 Roswell K. Colcord Nevada 1891–1895 Republican April 25, 1839 October 30, 1939 100 years, 188 days
6 Alf Landon Kansas 1933–1937 Republican September 9, 1887 October 12, 1987 100 years, 33 days
7 Charles Poletti New York 1942 Democratic July 2, 1903 August 8, 2002 99 years, 37 days
8 Frank B. Morrison Nebraska 1961–1967 Democratic May 20, 1905 April 19, 2004 98 years, 335 days
9 Theodore F. Green Rhode Island 1933–1937 Democratic October 2, 1867 May 19, 1966 98 years, 229 days
10 William H. Avery Kansas 1965–1967 Republican August 11, 1911 November 4, 2009 98 years, 85 days
11 Raúl H. Castro Arizona 1975–1977 Democratic June 12, 1916 Living 98 years, 79 days
12 Fenimore Chatterton Wyoming 1903–1905 Republican July 21, 1860 May 9, 1958 97 years, 292 days
13 J. Bracken Lee Utah 1949–1957 Republican January 7, 1899 October 20, 1996 97 years, 287 days
14 Joseph W. Fifer Illinois 1889–1893 Republican October 28, 1840 August 6, 1938 97 years, 282 days
15 Herbert B. Maw Utah 1941–1949 Democratic March 11, 1893 November 17, 1990 97 years, 251 days
16 Nathaniel S. Berry New Hampshire 1861–1863 Republican September 1, 1796 April 27, 1894 97 years, 238 days
17 Adelbert Ames Mississippi 1868–1870, 1874–1876 Republican October 31, 1835 April 12, 1933 97 years, 163 days
18 Andrew W. Hockenhull New Mexico 1933–1935 Democratic January 16, 1877 June 20, 1974 97 years, 155 days
19 John Anderson Jr. Kansas 1961–1965 Republican May 8, 1917 Living 97 years, 114 days
20 Henry S. Johnston Oklahoma 1927–1929 Democratic December 30, 1867 January 7, 1965 97 years, 8 days
21 Clifford Hansen Wyoming 1963–1967 Republican October 16, 1912 October 20, 2009 97 years, 4 days
22 Edgar Whitcomb Indiana 1969–1973 Republican November 6, 1917 Living 96 years, 297 days
23 John E. Weeks Vermont 1927–1931 Republican June 14, 1853 September 10, 1949 96 years, 88 days
24 Frederick Holbrook Vermont 1861–1863 Republican February 15, 1813 April 28, 1909 96 years, 72 days
25 Patrick Lucey Wisconsin 1971–1977 Democratic March 21, 1918 May 10, 2014 96 years, 50 days
26 William Scranton Pennsylvania 1963–1967 Republican July 19, 1917 July 28, 2013 96 years, 9 days
27 Arthur A. Link North Dakota 1973–1981 Democratic May 24, 1914 June 1, 2010 96 years, 8 days
28 Levi P. Morton New York 1895–1896 Republican May 16, 1824 May 16, 1920 96 years, 0 days
29 Burton M. Cross Maine 1952–1953, 1953–1955 Republican November 15, 1902 October 22, 1998 95 years, 341 days
30 Milward L. Simpson Wyoming 1955–1959 Republican November 12, 1897 June 10, 1993 95 years, 210 days
31 Forrest C. Donnell Missouri 1941–1945 Republican August 20, 1884 March 3, 1980 95 years, 196 days
32 Elmer L. Andersen Minnesota 1961–1963 Republican June 17, 1909 November 15, 2004 95 years, 151 days
33 Horace Boies Iowa 1890–1894 Democratic December 7, 1827 April 4, 1923 95 years, 118 days
34 George M. Leader Pennsylvania 1955–1959 Democratic January 17, 1918 May 9, 2013 95 years, 112 days
35 Otis R. Bowen Indiana 1973–1981 Republican February 26, 1918 May 4, 2013 95 years, 67 days
36 Dwight W. Burney Nebraska 1960–1961 Republican January 7, 1892 March 10, 1987 95 years, 62 days
37 Elbert N. Carvel Delaware 1949–1953, 1961–1965 Democratic February 9, 1910 February 6, 2005 94 years, 363 days
38 Paul Fannin Arizona 1959–1965 Republican January 29, 1907 January 13, 2002 94 years, 349 days
39 Tim M. Babcock Montana 1962–1969 Republican October 27, 1919 Living 94 years, 307 days
40 Martin F. Ansel South Carolina 1907–1911 Democratic December 12, 1850 August 23, 1945 94 years, 254 days
41 W. Averell Harriman New York 1955–1958 Democratic November 15, 1891 July 26, 1986 94 years, 253 days
42 Frank Lausche Ohio 1945–1947, 1949–1957 Democratic November 14, 1895 April 21, 1990 94 years, 158 days
43 Russell W. Peterson Delaware 1969–1973 Republican October 3, 1916 February 21, 2011 94 years, 141 days
44 Marvin Mandel Maryland 1969–1979 Democratic April 19, 1920 Living 94 years, 133 days
45 Frank Carlson Kansas 1947–1950 Republican January 23, 1893 May 30, 1987 94 years, 127 days
46 William Marvin Florida 1865 Provisional April 14, 1808 July 19, 1902 94 years, 96 days
47 Joshua Hall Maine 1830 Democratic October 22, 1768 December 25, 1862 94 years, 64 days
48 Bill Clements Texas 1979–1983, 1987–1991 Republican April 13, 1917 May 29, 2011 94 years, 46 days
49 David P. Buckson Delaware 1960–1961 Republican July 25, 1920 Living 94 years, 36 days
50 Harold Stassen Minnesota 1939–1943 Republican April 13, 1907 March 4, 2001 93 years, 325 days
51 Calvin L. Rampton Utah 1965–1977 Democratic November 6, 1913 September 16, 2007 93 years, 314 days
52 Alonzo Garcelon Maine 1879–1880 Democratic May 6, 1813 December 8, 1906 93 years, 216 days
53 William L. Guy North Dakota 1961–1973 Democratic September 30, 1919 April 26, 2013 93 years, 208 days
54 Charles W. Snow Connecticut 1946–1947 Democratic April 6, 1884 September 28, 1977 93 years, 175 days
55 Robert Stafford Vermont 1959–1961 Republican August 8, 1913 December 23, 2006 93 years, 137 days
56 John O. Pastore Rhode Island 1945–1950 Democratic March 17, 1907 July 15, 2000 93 years, 120 days
57 Ronald Reagan California 1967–1975 Republican February 6, 1911 June 5, 2004 93 years, 120 days
58 Hulett C. Smith West Virginia 1965–1969 Democratic October 21, 1918 January 15, 2012 93 years, 86 days
59 Joseph B. Johnson Vermont 1955–1959 Republican August 29, 1893 October 25, 1986 93 years, 57 days
60 Raymond E. Baldwin Connecticut 1939–1941, 1943–1946 Republican August 31, 1893 October 4, 1986 93 years, 34 days
61 Billy Adams Colorado 1927–1933 Democratic February 15, 1861 February 4, 1954 92 years, 354 days
62 Happy Chandler Kentucky 1935–1939, 1955–1959 Democratic July 14, 1898 June 15, 1991 92 years, 336 days
63 John M. Patterson Alabama 1959–1963 Democratic September 27, 1921 Living 92 years, 337 days
64 John G. Townsend Jr. Delaware 1917–1921 Republican May 31, 1871 April 10, 1964 92 years, 315 days
65 Walter M. Pierce Oregon 1923–1927 Democratic May 30, 1861 March 27, 1954 92 years, 301 days
66 Ernest Hollings South Carolina 1959–1963 Democratic January 1, 1922 Living 92 years, 241 days
67 Percival P. Baxter Maine 1921–1925 Republican November 22, 1876 June 12, 1969 92 years, 202 days
68 John W. Bricker Ohio 1939–1945 Republican September 6, 1893 March 22, 1986 92 years, 197 days
69 John J. Gilligan Ohio 1971–1975 Democratic March 22, 1921 August 26, 2013 92 years, 157 days
70 William G. Milliken Michigan 1969–1983 Republican March 26, 1922 Living 92 years, 157 days
71 Henry S. Caulfield Missouri 1929–1933 Republican December 9, 1873 May 11, 1966 92 years, 153 days
72 Samuel R. Van Sant Minnesota 1901–1905 Republican May 11, 1844 October 3, 1936 92 years, 145 days
73 Moody Currier New Hampshire 1885–1887 Republican April 22, 1806 August 23, 1898 92 years, 123 days
74 Flem D. Sampson Kentucky 1927–1931 Republican January 23, 1875 May 25, 1967 92 years, 122 days
75 Hugh Carey New York 1975–1982 Democratic April 11, 1919 August 7, 2011 92 years, 118 days
76 Leo Hoegh Iowa 1955–1957 Republican March 30, 1908 July 15, 2000 92 years, 107 days
77 George Aiken Vermont 1937–1941 Republican August 20, 1892 November 19, 1984 92 years, 91 days
78 Rose Mofford Arizona 1988–1991 Democratic June 10, 1922 Living 92 years, 81 days
79 Wayne Mixson Florida 1987 Democratic June 16, 1922 Living 92 years, 75 days
80 Daniel W. Turner Iowa 1931–1933 Republican March 17, 1877 April 15, 1969 92 years, 29 days
81 Paul Laxalt Nevada 1967–1971 Republican August 2, 1922 Living 92 years, 28 days
82 Dan Walker Illinois 1973–1977 Democratic August 6, 1922 Living 92 years, 24 days
83 Charles C. Moore Idaho 1923–1927 Republican February 26, 1866 March 19, 1958 92 years, 21 days
84 Donald S. Russell South Carolina 1963–1965 Democratic February 22, 1906 February 22, 1998 92 years, 0 days
85 Benjamin S. Paulen Kansas 1925–1929 Republican July 14, 1869 July 11, 1961 91 years, 362 days
86 Paul Dillingham Vermont 1865–1867 Republican August 10, 1799 July 26, 1891 91 years, 350 days
87 Nels H. Smith Wyoming 1939–1943 Republican August 27, 1884 July 5, 1976 91 years, 313 days
88 John H. Reed Maine 1959–1967 Republican January 5, 1921 October 31, 2012 91 years, 300 days
89 Frederick B. Fancher North Dakota 1899-1901 Republican April 2, 1852 January 10, 1944 91 years, 283 days
90 Alpheus Felch Michigan 1846–1847 Democratic September 28, 1804 June 13, 1896 91 years, 259 days
91 Edward F. Arn Kansas 1951–1955 Republican May 19, 1906 January 22, 1998 91 years, 248 days
92 Preston Smith Texas 1969–1973 Democratic March 8, 1912 October 18, 2003 91 years, 224 days
93 William Winter Mississippi 1980-1984 Democratic February 21, 1923 Living 91 years, 190 days
94 Bruce Sundlun Rhode Island 1991–1995 Democratic January 19, 1920 July 21, 2011 91 years, 183 days
95 William Plumer New Hampshire 1812–1813, 1816–1819 Democratic-Republican June 25, 1759 December 22, 1850 91 years, 180 days
96 Jim Rhodes Ohio 1963–1971, 1975–1983 Republican September 13, 1909 March 4, 2001 91 years, 172 days
97 Victor G. Atiyeh Oregon 1979–1987 Republican February 20, 1923 July 20, 2014 91 years, 150 days
98 Arch A. Moore Jr. West Virginia 1969–1977, 1985–1989 Republican April 16, 1923 Living 91 years, 136 days
99 William H. McMaster South Dakota 1921–1925 Republican May 10, 1877 September 14, 1968 91 years, 127 days
100 John D. Vanderhoof Colorado 1973–1975 Republican May 27, 1922 September 19, 2013 91 years, 115 days

Addendum[edit]

Rank Governor State Served Party Date of birth Date of death Age
101 Sid McMath Arkansas 1949-1953 Democratic June 14, 1912 October 4, 2003 91 years, 112 days
102 Augustus O. Stanley Kentucky 1915–1919 Democratic May 21, 1867 August 12, 1958 91 years, 83 days
103 Dennis J. Roberts Rhode Island 1951–1959 Democratic April 8, 1903 June 30, 1994 91 years, 83 days
104 Robert D. Blue Iowa 1945–1949 Republican September 24, 1898 December 13, 1989 91 years, 80 days
105 Joseph Johnson Virginia 1852–1856 Democratic December 19, 1785 February 27, 1877 91 years, 70 days
106 James M. Wells Louisiana 1865–1867 Republican January 8, 1808 February 28, 1899 91 years, 51 days
107 William J. Bulow South Dakota 1927–1931 Democratic January 13, 1869 February 26, 1960 91 years, 44 days
108 Jacob Stout[note 1] Delaware 1820–1821 Federalist 1764 November, 1855 91 years, 0 days
109 Al Quie Minnesota 1979–1983 Republican September 18, 1923 Living 90 years, 346 days
110 A. Linwood Holton Jr. Virginia 1970–1974 Republican September 21, 1923 Living 90 years, 343 days
111 William W. Barron West Virginia 1961–1965 Democratic December 8, 1911 November 12, 2002 90 years, 339 days
112 Pat Brown California 1959–1967 Democratic April 21, 1905 February 16, 1996 90 years, 301 days
113 Okey L. Patteson West Virginia 1949–1953 Democratic September 14, 1898 July 3, 1989 90 years, 292 days

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jacob Stout's exact date of birth is unknown. He is known to have died in November 1855 at age 91 which makes him at least that old.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find A Grave – Jacob Stout". Retrieved June 11, 2012. 

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