List of oldest living United States governors

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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. state governor is John M. Patterson (born September 27, 1921, aged 95), Governor of Alabama from 1959 to 1963. 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 April 10, 2015 Raúl Héctor Castro Arizona June 12, 1916
April 10, 2015 February 4, 2016 Edgar Whitcomb Indiana November 6, 1917
February 4, 2016 January 18, 2017 David P. Buckson Delaware July 25, 1920
January 18, 2017 John M. Patterson Alabama September 27, 1921
  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 as of April 26, 2017.

Rank
Governor
Date of birth
Gubernatorial term
State
Lifespan
1 Patterson, JohnJohn M. Patterson 1921-09-27(1921-09-27)September 27, 1921 1959-01-191959–1963 Alabama 34,91095 years, 211 days
2 Hollings, ErnestErnest Hollings 1922-01-01(1922-01-01)January 1, 1922 1959-01-201959–1963 South Carolina 34,81495 years, 115 days
3 Milliken, WilliamWilliam Milliken 1922-03-26(1922-03-26)March 26, 1922 1969-01-221969–1983 Michigan 34,73095 years, 31 days
4 Mixson, WayneWayne Mixson 1922-06-16(1922-06-16)June 16, 1922 1987-01-031987 Florida 34,64894 years, 314 days
5 Laxalt, PaulPaul Laxalt 1922-08-02(1922-08-02)August 2, 1922 1967-01-021967–1971 Nevada 34,60194 years, 267 days
6 Winter, WilliamWilliam F. Winter 1923-02-21(1923-02-21)February 21, 1923 1980-01-221980–1984 Mississippi 34,39894 years, 64 days
7 Quie, AlAl Quie 1923-09-18(1923-09-18)September 18, 1923 1979-01-041979–1983 Minnesota 34,18993 years, 220 days
8 Holton Jr., A. LinwoodA. Linwood Holton, Jr. 1923-09-21(1923-09-21)September 21, 1923 1970-01-171970–1974 Virginia 34,18693 years, 217 days
9 Thone, CharlesCharles Thone 1924-01-04(1924-01-04)January 4, 1924 1979-01-041979–1983 Nebraska 34,08193 years, 112 days
10 Byrne, BrendanBrendan Byrne 1924-04-01(1924-04-01)April 1, 1924 1974-01-151974–1982 New Jersey 33,99393 years, 25 days
11 Hoff, PhilipPhilip H. Hoff 1924-06-29(1924-06-29)June 29, 1924 1963-01-101963–1969 Vermont 33,90492 years, 301 days
12 Wolf, DaleDale E. Wolf 1924-09-06(1924-09-06)September 6, 1924 1992-12-311992–1993 Delaware 33,83592 years, 232 days
13 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter 1924-10-01(1924-10-01)October 1, 1924 1971-01-121971–1975 Georgia 33,81092 years, 207 days
14 Miller, KeithKeith H. Miller 1925-03-01(1925-03-01)March 1, 1925 1969-01-291969–1970 Alaska 33,65992 years, 56 days
15 Schwinden, TedTed Schwinden 1925-08-31(1925-08-31)August 31, 1925 1981-01-051981–1989 Montana 33,47691 years, 238 days
16 Evans, DanielDaniel J. Evans 1925-10-16(1925-10-16)October 16, 1925 1965-01-111965–1977 Washington 33,43091 years, 192 days
17 Ariyoshi, GeorgeGeorge Ariyoshi 1926-03-12(1926-03-12)March 12, 1926 1974-12-021974–1986 Hawaii 33,28391 years, 45 days
18 Hughes, HarryHarry Hughes 1926-11-13(1926-11-13)November 13, 1926 1979-01-171979–1987 Maryland 33,03790 years, 164 days
19 Spellman, JohnJohn Spellman 1926-12-29(1926-12-29)December 29, 1926 1981-01-141981–1985 Washington 32,99190 years, 118 days
20 Batt, PhilPhil Batt 1927-03-04(1927-03-04)March 4, 1927 1995-01-021995–1999 Idaho 32,92690 years, 53 days
21 Nigh, GeorgeGeorge Nigh 1927-06-09(1927-06-09)June 9, 1927 1963-01-061963
1979–1987
Oklahoma 32,82989 years, 321 days
22 Dunn, WinfieldWinfield Dunn 1927-07-01(1927-07-01)July 1, 1927 1971-01-161971–1975 Tennessee 32,80789 years, 299 days
23 Edwards, EdwinEdwin Edwards 1927-08-07(1927-08-07)August 7, 1927 1972-05-091972–1980
1984–1988
1992–1996
Louisiana 32,77089 years, 262 days
24 Sinner, GeorgeGeorge Sinner 1928-05-19(1928-05-19)May 19, 1928 1985-01-011985–1992 North Dakota 32,48488 years, 342 days
25 Deukmejian, GeorgeGeorge Deukmejian 1928-06-06(1928-06-06)June 6, 1928 1983-01-031983–1991 California 32,46688 years, 324 days
26 Sheffield, BillBill Sheffield 1928-06-26(1928-06-26)June 26, 1928 1982-12-061982–1986 Alaska 32,44688 years, 304 days
27 Ray, RobertRobert D. Ray 1928-09-26(1928-09-26)September 26, 1928 1969-01-161969–1983 Iowa 32,35488 years, 212 days
28 Romer, RoyRoy Romer 1928-10-31(1928-10-31)October 31, 1928 1987-01-131987–1999 Colorado 32,31988 years, 177 days
29 Farrar, FrankFrank Farrar 1929-04-02(1929-04-02)April 2, 1929 1969-01-071969–1971 South Dakota 32,16688 years, 24 days
30 Fulton, Robert D.Robert D. Fulton 1929-05-13(1929-05-13)May 13, 1929 1969-01-011969 Iowa 32,12587 years, 348 days
31 Stephens, StanStan Stephens 1929-09-16(1929-09-16)September 16, 1929 1989-01-021989–1993 Montana 31,99987 years, 222 days
32 Foster, MurphyMurphy J. Foster 1930-07-11(1930-07-11)July 11, 1930 1996-01-081996–2004 Louisiana 31,70186 years, 289 days
33 Wilder, DouglasDouglas Wilder 1931-01-17(1931-01-17)January 17, 1931 1990-01-141990–1994 Virginia 31,51186 years, 99 days
34 Curtis, KennethKenneth M. Curtis 1931-02-08(1931-02-08)February 8, 1931 1967-01-051967–1975 Maine 31,48986 years, 77 days
35 Carroll, JulianJulian Carroll 1931-04-16(1931-04-16)April 16, 1931 1974-12-281974–1979 Kentucky 31,42286 years, 10 days
36 Weicker, LowellLowell P. Weicker 1931-05-16(1931-05-16)May 16, 1931 1991-01-091991–1995 Connecticut 31,39285 years, 345 days
37 Noel, PhilipPhilip W. Noel 1931-06-05(1931-06-05)June 5, 1931 1973-01-021973–1977 Rhode Island 31,37285 years, 325 days
38 Andrus, CecilCecil D. Andrus 1931-08-25(1931-08-25)August 25, 1931 1971-01-041971–1977
1987–1995
Idaho 31,29185 years, 244 days
39 Miller, ZellZell Miller 1932-02-24(1932-02-24)February 24, 1932 1991-01-131991–1999 Georgia 31,10885 years, 61 days
40 Thornburgh, DickDick Thornburgh 1932-07-16(1932-07-16)July 16, 1932 1979-01-161979–1987 Pennsylvania 30,96584 years, 284 days
41 Salmon, ThomasThomas P. Salmon 1932-08-19(1932-08-19)August 19, 1932 1973-01-041973–1977 Vermont 30,93184 years, 250 days
42 Riley, RichardRichard Riley 1933-01-02(1933-01-02)January 2, 1933 1979-01-101979–1987 South Carolina 30,79584 years, 114 days
43 Mackay, BuddyBuddy MacKay 1933-03-22(1933-03-22)March 22, 1933 1998-12-121998–1999 Florida 30,71684 years, 35 days
44 Murkowski, FrankFrank Murkowski 1933-03-28(1933-03-28)March 28, 1933 2002-12-022002–2006 Alaska 30,71084 years, 29 days
45 Wilson, PetePete Wilson 1933-08-23(1933-08-23)August 23, 1933 1991-01-071991–1999 California 30,56283 years, 246 days
46 Kunin, MadeleineMadeleine M. Kunin 1933-09-28(1933-09-28)September 28, 1933 1985-01-101985–1991 Vermont 30,52683 years, 210 days
47 Dukakis, MichaelMichael Dukakis 1933-11-03(1933-11-03)November 3, 1933 1975-01-021975–1979
1983–1991
Massachusetts 30,49083 years, 174 days
48 Brown, JohnJohn Y. Brown 1933-12-28(1933-12-28)December 28, 1933 1979-12-111979–1983 Kentucky 30,43583 years, 119 days
49 Ryan, GeorgeGeorge Ryan 1934-02-24(1934-02-24)February 24, 1934 1999-01-111999–2003 Illinois 30,37783 years, 61 days
50 Diprete, EdwardEdward D. DiPrete 1934-07-08(1934-07-08)July 8, 1934 1985-01-011985–1991 Rhode Island 30,24382 years, 292 days
51 Pryor, DavidDavid Pryor 1934-08-29(1934-08-29)August 29, 1934 1975-01-141975–1979 Arkansas 30,19182 years, 240 days
52 James, FobFob James 1934-09-15(1934-09-15)September 15, 1934 1979-01-151979–1983
1995–1999
Alabama 30,17482 years, 223 days
53 Carlson, ArneArne Carlson 1934-09-24(1934-09-24)September 24, 1934 1991-01-071991–1999 Minnesota 30,16582 years, 214 days
54 Apodaca, JerryJerry Apodaca 1934-10-03(1934-10-03)October 3, 1934 1975-01-011975–1979 New Mexico 30,15682 years, 205 days
55 Brennan, JosephJoseph E. Brennan 1934-11-02(1934-11-02)November 2, 1934 1979-01-031979–1987 Maine 30,12682 years, 175 days
56 Martinez, BobBob Martinez 1934-12-25(1934-12-25)December 25, 1934 1987-01-061987–1991 Florida 30,07382 years, 122 days
57 Minner, RuthRuth A. Minner 1935-01-17(1935-01-17)January 17, 1935 2001-01-032001–2009 Delaware 30,05082 years, 99 days
58 Du Pont, PierrePierre S. du Pont 1935-01-22(1935-01-22)January 22, 1935 1977-01-181977–1985 Delaware 30,04582 years, 94 days
59 Kean, ThomasThomas Kean 1935-04-21(1935-04-21)April 21, 1935 1982-01-191982–1990 New Jersey 29,95682 years, 5 days
60 Wollman, HarveyHarvey L. Wollman 1935-05-14(1935-05-14)May 14, 1935 1978-07-241978–1979 South Dakota 29,93381 years, 347 days
61 Hull, JaneJane D. Hull 1935-08-08(1935-08-08)August 8, 1935 1997-09-051997–2003 Arizona 29,84781 years, 261 days
62 Lamm, RichardRichard Lamm 1935-09-12(1935-09-12)September 12, 1935 1975-01-141975–1987 Colorado 29,81281 years, 226 days
63 Martin, JamesJames G. Martin 1935-12-11(1935-12-11)December 11, 1935 1985-01-051985–1993 North Carolina 29,72281 years, 136 days
64 Beasley, JereJere Beasley 1935-12-12(1935-12-12)December 12, 1935 1972-06-051972 Alabama 29,72181 years, 135 days
65 Harris, Joe F.Joe F. Harris 1936-02-16(1936-02-16)February 16, 1936 1983-01-111983–1991 Georgia 29,65581 years, 69 days
66 Sundquist, DonDon Sundquist 1936-03-15(1936-03-15)March 15, 1936 1995-01-211995–2003 Tennessee 29,62781 years, 42 days
67 Earl, Anthony S.Anthony S. Earl 1936-04-12(1936-04-12)April 12, 1936 1983-01-031983–1987 Wisconsin 29,59981 years, 14 days
68 Thompson, James R.James R. Thompson 1936-05-08(1936-05-08)May 8, 1936 1977-01-101977–1991 Illinois 29,57380 years, 353 days
69 Almond, LincolnLincoln Almond 1936-06-16(1936-06-16)June 16, 1936 1995-01-031995–2003 Rhode Island 29,53480 years, 314 days
70 List, RobertRobert List 1936-09-01(1936-09-01)September 1, 1936 1979-01-011979–1983 Nevada 29,45780 years, 237 days
71 Graham, BobBob Graham 1936-11-09(1936-11-09)November 9, 1936 1979-01-021979–1987 Florida 29,38880 years, 168 days
72 Collins, Martha L.Martha L. Collins 1936-12-07(1936-12-07)December 7, 1936 1983-12-131983–1987 Kentucky 29,36080 years, 140 days
73 Roberts, BarbaraBarbara Roberts 1936-12-21(1936-12-21)December 21, 1936 1991-01-141991–1995 Oregon 29,34680 years, 126 days
74 Hunt, James B.James B. Hunt 1937-05-16(1937-05-16)May 16, 1937 1977-01-081977–1985
1993–2001
North Carolina 29,20079 years, 345 days
75 Patton, Paul E.Paul E. Patton 1937-05-26(1937-05-26)May 26, 1937 1995-12-121995–2003 Kentucky 29,19079 years, 335 days
76 Rockefeller, John D.John D. Rockefeller 1937-06-18(1937-06-18)June 18, 1937 1977-01-171977–1985 West Virginia 29,16779 years, 312 days
77 Bryan, RichardRichard Bryan 1937-07-16(1937-07-16)July 16, 1937 1983-01-031983–1989 Nevada 29,13979 years, 284 days
78 Florio, JamesJames Florio 1937-08-29(1937-08-29)August 29, 1937 1990-01-161990–1994 New Jersey 29,09579 years, 240 days
79 Celeste, Richard F.Richard F. Celeste 1937-11-11(1937-11-11)November 11, 1937 1983-01-101983–1991 Ohio 29,02179 years, 166 days
80 Brown, JerryJerry Brown 1938-04-07(1938-04-07)April 7, 1938 1975-01-061975–1983
2011–
California 28,87479 years, 19 days
81 Abercrombie, NeilNeil Abercrombie 1938-06-26(1938-06-26)June 26, 1938 2010-12-062010–2014 Hawaii 28,79478 years, 304 days
82 Babbitt, BruceBruce Babbitt 1938-06-27(1938-06-27)June 27, 1938 1978-03-041978–1987 Arizona 28,79378 years, 303 days
83 Cowper, SteveSteve Cowper 1938-08-21(1938-08-21)August 21, 1938 1986-12-011986–1990 Alaska 28,73878 years, 248 days
84 Olson, Allen I.Allen I. Olson 1938-11-05(1938-11-05)November 5, 1938 1981-01-061981–1985 North Dakota 28,66278 years, 172 days
85 Orr, KayKay Orr 1938-06-27(1939-01-02)January 2, 1939 1987-01-091987–1991 Nebraska 28,60478 years, 114 days
86 Bond, KitKit Bond 1939-03-06(1939-03-06)March 6, 1939 1973-01-081973–1977
1981–1985
Missouri 28,54178 years, 51 days
87 Lowry, MikeMike Lowry 1939-03-08(1939-03-08)March 8, 1939 1993-01-131993–1997 Washington 28,53978 years, 49 days
88 Schreiber, Martin J.Martin J. Schreiber 1939-04-08(1939-04-08)April 8, 1939 1977-07-061977–1979 Wisconsin 28,50878 years, 18 days
89 Robb, ChuckChuck Robb 1939-06-26(1939-06-26)June 26, 1939 1982-01-161982–1986 Virginia 28,42977 years, 304 days
90 Jones, BreretonBrereton Jones 1939-06-27(1939-06-27)June 27, 1939 1991-12-101991–1995 Kentucky 28,42877 years, 303 days
91 Sununu, John H.John H. Sununu 1939-07-02(1939-07-02)July 2, 1939 1983-01-061983–1989 New Hampshire 28,42377 years, 298 days
92 Castle, MichaelMichael Castle 1939-07-02(1939-07-02)July 2, 1939 1985-01-151985–1992 Delaware 28,42377 years, 298 days
93 Carruthers, GarreyGarrey Carruthers 1939-08-29(1939-08-29)August 29, 1939 1987-01-011987–1991 New Mexico 28,36577 years, 240 days
94 Sullivan, MikeMike Sullivan 1939-09-22(1939-09-22)September 22, 1939 1987-01-051987–1995 Wyoming 28,34177 years, 216 days
95 Cayetano, BenBen Cayetano 1939-11-14(1939-11-14)November 14, 1939 1994-12-021994–2002 Hawaii 28,28877 years, 163 days
96 Caperton, GastonGaston Caperton 1940-02-21(1940-02-21)February 21, 1940 1989-01-161989–1997 West Virginia 28,18977 years, 64 days
97 White, MarkMark White 1940-03-17(1940-03-17)March 17, 1940 1989-01-181983–1987 Texas 28,16477 years, 40 days
98 Goldschmidt, NeilNeil Goldschmidt 1940-06-16(1940-06-16)June 16, 1940 1987-01-121987–1991 Oregon 28,07376 years, 314 days
99 Alexander, LamarLamar Alexander 1940-07-03(1940-07-03)July 3, 1940 1979-01-171979–1987 Tennessee 28,05676 years, 297 days
100 Gerald L. BalilesGerald L. Baliles 1940-07-08(1940-07-08)July 8, 1940 1986-01-181986–1990 Virginia 28,05176 years, 292 days

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