Oldest living United States governor

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The following are lists of the politicians who were or are the longest living and oldest still-living governors of each U.S. state. The current oldest living U.S. governor is Raul Castro of Arizona; Albert Rosellini (1910–2011), the governor of Washington from 1957 to 1965, lived the longest lifespan of any governor, having died at the age of 101 years, 262 days.

Longest living U.S. governors[edit]

Start Date End Date Governor State Birth Date
December 7, 1787 December 12, 1787 Thomas Collins[1] Delaware 1732
December 12, 1787 April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin[2] Pennsylvania January 17, 1706
April 17, 1790 July 25, 1790 William Livingston New Jersey November 30, 1723
July 25, 1790 October 8, 1793 Josiah Bartlett New Hampshire November 21, 1729
October 8, 1793 October 2, 1803 Samuel Adams[3] Massachusetts September 27, 1722
October 2, 1803 February 13, 1813 Samuel Ashe North Carolina March 24, 1725
February 13, 1813 August 17, 1816 Samuel Johnston North Carolina December 15, 1733
August 17, 1816 June 24, 1817 Thomas McKean Pennsylvania March 19, 1734
June 24, 1817 September 18, 1819 John Langdon New Hampshire June 26, 1741
September 18, 1819 March 19, 1829 John Tayler New York July 4, 1742
March 19, 1829 May 17, 1829 John Jay New York December 12, 1745
May 17, 1829 June 10, 1832 Joseph Hiester Pennsylvania November 18, 1752
June 10, 1832 September 24, 1834 Jonas Galusha Vermont February 11, 1753
September 24, 1834 December 11, 1838 Isaac Tichenor Vermont February 8, 1754
December 11, 1838 April 7, 1844 Morgan Lewis New York October 16, 1754
April 7, 1844 December 22, 1850 William Plumer New Hampshire June 25, 1759
December 22, 1850 December 25, 1862 Joshua Hall Maine October 22, 1768
December 25, 1862 October 16, 1869 Joseph Ritner Pennsylvania March 25, 1780
October 16, 1869 February 3, 1870 Allen Trimble Ohio November 24, 1783
February 3, 1870 October 10, 1870 Mordecai Bartley Ohio December 16, 1783
October 10, 1870 November 1, 1874 Enos T. Throop New York August 21, 1784
November 1, 1874 February 27, 1877 Joseph Johnson Virginia December 19, 1785
February 27, 1877 December 18, 1885 Hiland Hall Vermont July 20, 1795
December 18, 1885 April 27, 1894 Nathaniel S. Berry New Hampshire September 1, 1796
April 27, 1894 September 11, 1894 Pío Pico California May 5, 1801
September 11, 1894 June 13, 1896 Alpheus Felch Michigan September 28, 1804
June 13, 1896 August 23, 1898 Moody Currier New Hampshire April 22, 1806
August 23, 1898 February 28, 1899 James Madison Wells Louisiana January 8, 1808
February 28, 1899 July 9, 1902 William Marvin Florida April 14, 1808
July 9, 1902 December 8, 1906 Alonzo Garcelon Maine May 6, 1813
December 8, 1906 April 27, 1909 Frederick Holbrook Vermont February 15, 1814
April 27, 1909 February 3, 1912 Frederick Robie Maine August 12, 1822
February 3, 1912 June 4, 1912 Royal C. Taft Rhode Island February 14, 1823
June 4, 1912 January 8, 1914 Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. Kentucky April 1, 1823
January 8, 1914 May 16, 1920 Levi P. Morton New York May 16, 1824
May 16, 1920 April 4, 1923 Horace Boies Iowa December 7, 1827
April 4, 1923 April 3, 1924 Ebenezer J. Ormsbee Vermont June 8, 1834
April 3, 1924 January 28, 1925 Augustus O. Bourn Rhode Island October 1, 1834
January 28, 1925 April 12, 1933 Adelbert Ames Mississippi October 31, 1835
April 12, 1933 October 30, 1939 Roswell K. Colcord Nevada April 25, 1839
October 30, 1939 August 23, 1945 Martin Frederick Ansel South Carolina December 12, 1850
August 23, 1945 September 6, 1946 John I. Cox Tennessee November 23, 1855
September 6, 1946 April 11, 1949 Chase S. Osborn Michigan January 22, 1860
April 11, 1949 May 9, 1958 Fenimore Chatterton Wyoming July 21, 1860
May 9, 1958 August 12, 1958 Augustus O. Stanley Kentucky May 21, 1867
August 12, 1958 May 19, 1966 Theodore F. Green Rhode Island October 2, 1867
May 19, 1966 June 12, 1969 Percival P. Baxter Maine November 22, 1876
June 12, 1969 December 19, 1977 Nellie Tayloe Ross Wyoming November 29, 1876
December 19, 1977 May 11, 1984 George Alexander Parks Alaska May 29, 1883
May 11, 1984 October 12, 1987 Alfred M. Landon Kansas September 9, 1887
October 12, 1987 April 21, 1990 Frank J. Lausche Ohio November 14, 1895
April 21, 1990 June 10, 1993 Milward L. Simpson Wyoming November 12, 1897
June 10, 1993 October 20, 1996 J. Bracken Lee Utah January 7, 1899
October 20, 1996 November 5, 2000 Jimmie Davis Louisiana September 11, 1899
November 5, 2000 June 26, 2003 Strom Thurmond South Carolina December 5, 1902
June 26, 2003 April 19, 2004 Frank B. Morrison Nebraska May 20, 1905
April 19, 2004 November 15, 2004 Elmer Lee Andersen Minnesota June 17, 1909
November 15, 2004 October 10, 2011 Albert Rosellini Washington January 21, 1910
October 10, 2011 Present Raul H. Castro Arizona June 12, 1916
  1. ^ First governor.
  2. ^ Became oldest living governor upon Pennsylvania's ratification of the Constitution.
  3. ^ Became oldest living governor upon taking office.

Oldest Living U.S. Governors[edit]

These are the 100 oldest living United States governors. The longevity in this table is calculated up to September 20, 2014.

Rank
Governor
Date of birth
Gubernatorial term
State
Lifespan
1 Castro, RaulRaul H. Castro 1916-06-12(1916-06-12)June 12, 1916 1975-01-061975 - 1977 Arizona 35,89498 years, 100 days
2 Whitcomb, EdgarEdgar Whitcomb 1917-11-06(1917-11-06)November 6, 1917 1969-01-131969 - 1973 Indiana 35,38296 years, 318 days
3 Babcock, TimTim M. Babcock 1919-10-27(1919-10-27)October 27, 1919 1962-01-251962 - 1969 Montana 34,66294 years, 328 days
4 Mandel, MarvinMarvin Mandel 1920-04-19(1920-04-19)April 19, 1920 1969-01-071969 - 1979 Maryland 34,48794 years, 154 days
5 Buckson, DavidDavid P. Buckson 1920-07-25(1920-07-25)July 25, 1920 1960-12-301960 - 1961 Delaware 34,39094 years, 57 days
6 Patterson, JohnJohn M. Patterson 1921-09-27(1921-09-27)September 27, 1921 1959-01-191959 - 1963 Alabama 33,96192 years, 358 days
7 Hollings, ErnestErnest Hollings 1922-01-01(1922-01-01)January 1, 1922 1959-01-201959 - 1963 South Carolina 33,86592 years, 262 days
8 Milliken, WilliamWilliam Milliken 1922-03-26(1922-03-26)March 26, 1922 1969-01-221969 - 1983 Michigan 33,78192 years, 178 days
9 Mofford, RoseRose Mofford 1922-06-10(1922-06-10)June 10, 1922 1988-04-041988 - 1991 Arizona 33,70592 years, 102 days
10 Mixson, WayneWayne Mixson 1922-06-16(1922-06-16)June 16, 1922 1987-01-031987 Florida 33,69992 years, 96 days
11 Laxalt, PaulPaul Laxalt 1922-08-02(1922-08-02)August 2, 1922 1967-01-021967 - 1971 Nevada 33,65292 years, 49 days
12 Walker, Dan (politician)Dan Walker 1922-08-06(1922-08-06)August 6, 1922 1973-01-081973 - 1977 Illinois 33,64892 years, 45 days
13 Winter, WilliamWilliam F. Winter 1923-02-21(1923-02-21)February 21, 1923 1980-01-221980 - 1984 Mississippi 33,44991 years, 211 days
14 Moore, ArchArch A. Moore 1923-04-16(1923-04-16)April 16, 1923 1969-01-131969 - 1977, 1985 - 1989 West Virginia 33,39591 years, 157 days
15 Quie, AlAl Quie 1923-09-18(1923-09-18)September 18, 1923 1979-01-041979 - 1983 Minnesota 33,24091 years, 2 days
16 Holton Jr., A. LinwoodA. Linwood Holton, Jr. 1923-09-21(1923-09-21)September 21, 1923 1970-01-171970 - 1974 Virginia 33,23790 years, 364 days
17 Thone, CharlesCharles Thone 1924-01-04(1924-01-04)January 4, 1924 1979-01-041979 - 1983 Nebraska 33,13290 years, 259 days
18 Byrne, BrendanBrendan Byrne 1924-04-01(1924-04-01)April 1, 1924 1974-01-151974 - 1982 New Jersey 33,04490 years, 172 days
19 Hoff, PhilipPhilip H. Hoff 1924-06-29(1924-06-29)June 29, 1924 1963-01-101963 - 1969 Vermont 32,95590 years, 83 days
20 Wolf, DaleDale E. Wolf 1924-09-06(1924-09-06)September 6, 1924 1992-12-311992 - 1993 Delaware 32,88690 years, 14 days
21 Ford, WendellWendell H. Ford 1924-09-08(1924-09-08)September 8, 1924 1971-12-071971 - 1974 Kentucky 32,88490 years, 12 days
22 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter 1924-10-01(1924-10-01)October 1, 1924 1971-01-121971 - 1975 Georgia 32,86189 years, 354 days
23 Miller, KeithKeith H. Miller 1925-03-01(1925-03-01)March 1, 1925 1969-01-291969 - 1970 Alaska 32,71089 years, 203 days
24 Sanders, CarlCarl Sanders 1925-05-15(1925-05-15)May 15, 1925 1963-01-151963 - 1967 Georgia 32,63589 years, 128 days
25 Bumpers, DaleDale Bumpers 1925-08-12(1925-08-12)August 12, 1925 1971-01-121971 - 1975 Arkansas 32,54689 years, 39 days
26 Schwinden, TedTed Schwinden 1925-08-31(1925-08-31)August 31, 1925 1981-01-051981 - 1989 Montana 32,52789 years, 20 days
27 Miller, WalterWalter D. Miller 1925-10-05(1925-10-05)October 5, 1925 1993-04-191993 - 1995 South Dakota 32,49288 years, 350 days
28 Evans, DanielDaniel J. Evans 1925-10-16(1925-10-16)October 16, 1925 1965-01-111965 - 1977 Washington 32,48188 years, 339 days
29 Ariyoshi, GeorgeGeorge Ariyoshi 1926-03-12(1926-03-12)March 12, 1926 1974-12-021974 - 1986 Hawaii 32,33488 years, 192 days
30 Hughes, HarryHarry Hughes 1926-11-13(1926-11-13)November 13, 1926 1979-01-171979 - 1987 Maryland 32,08887 years, 311 days
31 Spellman, JohnJohn Spellman 1926-12-29(1926-12-29)December 29, 1926 1981-01-141981 - 1985 Washington 32,04287 years, 265 days
32 Batt, PhilPhil Batt 1927-03-04(1927-03-04)March 4, 1927 1995-01-021995 - 1999 Idaho 31,97787 years, 200 days
33 Nigh, GeorgeGeorge Nigh 1927-06-09(1927-06-09)June 9, 1927 1963-01-061963, 1979 - 1987 Oklahoma 31,88087 years, 103 days
34 Edwards, JamesJames B. Edwards 1927-06-24(1927-06-24)June 24, 1927 1975-01-211975 - 1979 South Carolina 31,86587 years, 88 days
35 Dunn, WinfieldWinfield Dunn 1927-07-01(1927-07-01)July 1, 1927 1971-01-161971 - 1975 Tennessee 31,85887 years, 81 days
36 Edwards, EdwinEdwin Edwards 1927-08-07(1927-08-07)August 7, 1927 1972-05-091972 - 1980, 1984 - 1988, 1992 - 1996 Louisiana 31,82187 years, 44 days
37 Keyser, FrankFrank R. Keyser 1927-08-17(1927-08-17)August 17, 1927 1961-01-051961 - 1963 Vermont 31,81187 years, 34 days
38 Sinner, GeorgeGeorge Sinner 1928-05-19(1928-05-19)May 19, 1928 1985-01-011985 - 1992 North Dakota 31,53586 years, 124 days
39 Deukmejian, GeorgeGeorge Deukmejian 1928-06-06(1928-06-06)June 6, 1928 1983-01-031983 - 1991 California 31,51786 years, 106 days
40 Sheffield, BillBill Sheffield 1928-06-26(1928-06-26)June 26, 1928 1982-12-061982 - 1986 Alaska 31,49786 years, 86 days
41 Ray, RobertRobert D. Ray 1928-09-26(1928-09-26)September 26, 1928 1969-01-161969 - 1983 Iowa 31,40585 years, 359 days
42 Brewer, AlbertAlbert Brewer 1928-10-26(1928-10-26)October 26, 1928 1968-05-071968 - 1971 Alabama 31,37585 years, 329 days
43 Romer, RoyRoy Romer 1928-10-31(1928-10-31)October 31, 1928 1987-01-131987 - 1999 Colorado 31,37085 years, 324 days
44 Farrar, FrankFrank Farrar 1929-04-02(1929-04-02)April 2, 1929 1969-01-071969 - 1971 South Dakota 31,21785 years, 171 days
45 Fulton, Robert D.Robert D. Fulton 1929-05-13(1929-05-13)May 13, 1929 1969-01-011969 Iowa 31,17685 years, 130 days
46 Stephens, StanStan Stephens 1929-09-16(1929-09-16)September 16, 1929 1989-01-021989 - 1993 Montana 31,05085 years, 4 days
47 Foster, MurphyMurphy J. Foster 1930-07-11(1930-07-11)July 11, 1930 1996-01-081996 - 2004 Louisiana 30,75284 years, 71 days
48 Hall, DavidDavid Hall 1930-10-20(1930-10-20)October 20, 1930 1971-01-111971 - 1975 Oklahoma 30,65183 years, 335 days
49 Walker, OleneOlene S. Walker 1930-11-15(1930-11-15)November 15, 1930 2003-11-052003 - 2005 Utah 30,62583 years, 309 days
50 Wilder, DouglasDouglas Wilder 1931-01-17(1931-01-17)January 17, 1931 1990-01-141990 - 1994 Virginia 30,56283 years, 246 days
51 Curtis, KennethKenneth M. Curtis 1931-02-08(1931-02-08)February 8, 1931 1967-01-051967 - 1975 Maine 30,54083 years, 224 days
52 Carroll, JulianJulian Carroll 1931-04-16(1931-04-16)April 16, 1931 1974-12-281974 - 1979 Kentucky 30,47383 years, 157 days
53 Weicker, LowellLowell P. Weicker 1931-05-16(1931-05-16)May 16, 1931 1991-01-091991 - 1995 Connecticut 30,44383 years, 127 days
54 Noel, PhilipPhilip W. Noel 1931-06-05(1931-06-05)June 5, 1931 1973-01-021973 - 1977 Rhode Island 30,42383 years, 107 days
55 Andrus, CecilCecil D. Andrus 1931-08-25(1931-08-25)August 25, 1931 1971-01-041971 - 1977, 1987 - 1995 Idaho 30,34283 years, 26 days
56 Miller, ZellZell Miller 1932-02-24(1932-02-24)February 24, 1932 1991-01-131991 - 1999 Georgia 30,15982 years, 208 days
57 Cuomo, MarioMario Cuomo 1932-06-15(1932-06-15)June 15, 1932 1983-01-011983 - 1994 New York 30,04782 years, 97 days
58 Thornburgh, DickDick Thornburgh 1932-07-16(1932-07-16)July 16, 1932 1979-01-161979 - 1987 Pennsylvania 30,01682 years, 66 days
59 Salmon, ThomasThomas P. Salmon 1932-08-19(1932-08-19)August 19, 1932 1973-01-041973 - 1977 Vermont 29,98282 years, 32 days
60 Riley, RichardRichard Riley 1933-01-02(1933-01-02)January 2, 1933 1979-01-101979 - 1987 South Carolina 29,84681 years, 261 days
61 Bangerter, NormanNorman H. Bangerter 1933-01-04(1933-01-04)January 4, 1933 1985-01-071985 - 1993 Utah 29,84481 years, 259 days
62 Anderson, WendellWendell Anderson 1933-02-01(1933-02-01)February 1, 1933 1971-01-041971 - 1976 Minnesota 29,81681 years, 231 days
63 Mackay, BuddyBuddy MacKay 1933-03-22(1933-03-22)March 22, 1933 1998-12-121998 - 1999 Florida 29,76781 years, 182 days
64 Murkowski, FrankFrank Murkowski 1933-03-28(1933-03-28)March 28, 1933 2002-12-022002 - 2006 Alaska 29,76181 years, 176 days
65 Wilson, PetePete Wilson 1933-08-23(1933-08-23)August 23, 1933 1991-01-071991 - 1999 California 29,61381 years, 28 days
66 Kunin, MadeleineMadeleine M. Kunin 1933-09-28(1933-09-28)September 28, 1933 1985-01-101985 - 1991 Vermont 29,57780 years, 357 days
67 Dukakis, MichaelMichael Dukakis 1933-11-03(1933-11-03)November 3, 1933 1975-01-021975 - 1979, 1983 - 1991 Massachusetts 29,54180 years, 321 days
68 Brown, JohnJohn Y. Brown 1933-12-28(1933-12-28)December 28, 1933 1979-12-111979 - 1983 Kentucky 29,48680 years, 266 days
69 Ryan, GeorgeGeorge Ryan 1934-02-24(1934-02-24)February 24, 1934 1999-01-111999 - 2003 Illinois 29,42880 years, 208 days
70 Diprete, EdwardEdward D. DiPrete 1934-07-08(1934-07-08)July 8, 1934 1985-01-011985 - 1991 Rhode Island 29,29480 years, 74 days
71 Pryor, DavidDavid Pryor 1934-08-29(1934-08-29)August 29, 1934 1975-01-141975 - 1979 Arkansas 29,24280 years, 22 days
72 James, FobFob James 1934-09-15(1934-09-15)September 15, 1934 1979-01-151979 - 1983, 1995 - 1999 Alabama 29,22580 years, 5 days
73 Carlson, ArneArne Carlson 1934-09-24(1934-09-24)September 24, 1934 1991-01-071991 - 1999 Minnesota 29,21679 years, 361 days
74 Apodaca, JerryJerry Apodaca 1934-10-03(1934-10-03)October 3, 1934 1975-01-011975 - 1979 New Mexico 29,20779 years, 352 days
75 Brennan, JosephJoseph E. Brennan 1934-11-02(1934-11-02)November 2, 1934 1979-01-031979 - 1987 Maine 29,17779 years, 322 days
76 Martinez, BobBob Martinez 1934-12-25(1934-12-25)December 25, 1934 1987-01-061987 - 1991 Florida 29,12479 years, 269 days
77 Minner, RuthRuth A. Minner 1935-01-17(1935-01-17)January 17, 1935 2001-01-032001 - 2009 Delaware 29,10179 years, 246 days
78 Du Pont, PierrePierre S. du Pont 1935-01-22(1935-01-22)January 22, 1935 1977-01-181977 - 1985 Delaware 29,09679 years, 241 days
79 Kean, ThomasThomas Kean 1935-04-21(1935-04-21)April 21, 1935 1982-01-191982 - 1990 New Jersey 29,00779 years, 152 days
80 Wollman, HarveyHarvey L. Wollman 1935-05-14(1935-05-14)May 14, 1935 1978-07-241978 - 1979 South Dakota 28,98479 years, 129 days
81 Hull, JaneJane D. Hull 1935-08-08(1935-08-08)August 8, 1935 1997-09-051997 - 2003 Arizona 28,89879 years, 43 days
82 Lamm, RichardRichard Lamm 1935-09-12(1935-09-12)September 12, 1935 1975-01-141975 - 1987 Colorado 28,86379 years, 8 days
83 Martin, JamesJames G. Martin 1935-12-11(1935-12-11)December 11, 1935 1985-01-051985 - 1993 North Carolina 28,77378 years, 283 days
84 Beasley, JereJere Beasley 1935-12-12(1935-12-12)December 12, 1935 1972-06-051972 Alabama 28,77278 years, 282 days
85 Harris, Joe F.Joe F. Harris 1936-02-16(1936-02-16)February 16, 1936 1983-01-111983 - 1991 Georgia 28,70678 years, 216 days
86 Sundquist, DonDon Sundquist 1936-03-15(1936-03-15)March 15, 1936 1995-01-211995 - 2003 Tennessee 28,67878 years, 189 days
87 Earl, Anthony S.Anthony S. Earl 1936-04-12(1936-04-12)April 12, 1936 1983-01-031983 - 1987 Wisconsin 28,65078 years, 161 days
88 Thompson, James R.James R. Thompson 1936-05-08(1936-05-08)May 8, 1936 1966-01-101977 - 1992 Illinois 28,62478 years, 135 days
89 Almond, LincolnLincoln Almond 1936-06-16(1936-06-16)June 16, 1936 1995-01-031995 - 2003 Rhode Island 28,58578 years, 96 days
90 Voinovich, GeorgeGeorge Voinovich 1936-07-15(1936-07-15)July 15, 1936 1991-01-141991 - 1998 Ohio 28,55678 years, 67 days
91 List, RobertRobert List 1936-09-01(1936-09-01)September 1, 1936 1979-01-011979 - 1983 Nevada 28,50878 years, 19 days
92 Graham, BobBob Graham 1936-11-09(1936-11-09)November 9, 1936 1979-01-021979 - 1987 Florida 28,43977 years, 315 days
93 Collins, Martha L.Martha L. Collins 1936-12-07(1936-12-07)December 7, 1936 1983-12-131983 - 1987 Kentucky 28,41177 years, 287 days
94 Roberts, BarbaraBarbara Roberts 1936-12-21(1936-12-21)December 21, 1936 1991-01-141991 - 1995 Oregon 28,39777 years, 273 days
95 Hunt, James B.James B. Hunt 1937-05-16(1937-05-16)May 16, 1937 1977-01-081977 - 1985, 1993 - 2001 North Carolina 28,25177 years, 127 days
96 Patton, Paul E.Paul E. Patton 1937-05-26(1937-05-26)May 26, 1937 1995-12-121995 - 2003 Kentucky 28,24177 years, 117 days
97 Rockefeller, John D.John D. Rockefeller 1937-06-18(1937-06-18)June 18, 1937 1977-01-171977 - 1985 West Virginia 28,21877 years, 94 days
98 Bryan, RichardRichard Bryan 1937-07-16(1937-07-16)July 16, 1937 1983-01-031983 - 1989 Nevada 28,19077 years, 66 days
99 Florio, JamesJames Florio 1937-08-29(1937-08-29)August 29, 1937 1990-01-161990 - 1994 New Jersey 28,14677 years, 22 days
100 Celeste, Richard F.Richard F. Celeste 1937-11-11(1937-11-11)November 11, 1937 1977-01-101983 - 1991 Ohio 28,07276 years, 313 days

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