List of Governors of Dakota Territory

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Ten individuals served as Governors of Dakota Territory during its existence as an organized incorporated territory of the United States between March 2, 1861, and November 2, 1889, when the final extent of the reduced territory was split and admitted to the Union as the states of North and South Dakota. Additionally, one person served as provisional governor prior to, and one served as acting governor during this period. The territorial governor was appointed by the President of the United States and served at the president's pleasure.

Provisional governor[edit]

Though Dakota Territory did not officially come into existence until March 2, 1861, a provisional legislature formed in January 1859 and elected Wilmot Brookings as territorial governor. However, the federal government refused to acknowledge either the provisional government or its territorial governor as official.

Territorial governors[edit]

Governor In office Party Appointing president
1 William Jayne.jpg   William Jayne[1]
(1826–1916)
May 27, 1861 – March 4, 1863
Resigned
Republican Abraham Lincoln
2 Governor Newton Edmunds.jpg   Newton Edmunds[2]
(1819–1908)
October 17, 1863 – September 3, 1866
Dismissed
3 Andrew Jackson Faulk.jpg   Andrew J. Faulk[3]
(1814–1898)
September 3, 1866 – May 10, 1869
Dismissed
Andrew Johnson
4 Governor John A Burbank.jpg   John A. Burbank[4]
(1827–1905)
May 10, 1869 – April 1873
Dismissed
Ulysses S. Grant
Edwin Stanton McCook photograph.JPG   Edwin S. McCook
(1837–1873)
April 1873 – September 11, 1873
Died
Independent Acting governor
(4) Governor John A Burbank.jpg   John A. Burbank[4]
(1827&ndadh;1905)
October 1873 – January 1, 1874
Resigned
Republican Ulysses S. Grant
5 Governor John L Pennington.jpg   John L. Pennington
(1829–1900)
January 1, 1874 – April 12, 1878
Dismissed
6 Governor William A Howard.jpg   William A. Howard
(1813–1880)
April 12, 1878 – April 10, 1880
Died
Rutherford B. Hayes
7 NGOrdway2.jpg   Nehemiah G. Ordway
(1828–1907)
June 1, 1880 – June 25, 1884
Dismissed
8 Gilbertashville.jpg   Gilbert A. Pierce
(1839–1901)
June 25, 1884 – February 5, 1887
Resigned
Chester A. Arthur
9 Governor Louis K Church.jpg   Louis K. Church
(1846–1898)
February 21, 1887 – March 9, 1889
Resigned
Democratic Grover Cleveland
10 Governor Arthur C Mellette.jpg  


Arthur C. Mellette
(1842–1896)
March 9, 1889 – November 2, 1889
Became 1st Governor of South Dakota
Republican Popularly elected

Governors after statehood[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William A. Jayne". State Historical Society of North Dakota. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Newton Edmunds". State Historical Society of North Dakota. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Andrew Jackson Faulk". State Historical Society of North Dakota. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "John A. Burbank". State Historical Society of North Dakota. Retrieved October 18, 2016.