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List of GovernorsEdit

Governors of Oklahoma TerritoryEdit

Oklahoma Territory was formally organized on May 2, 1890.

As secretaries of Oklahoma Territory in 1891 and 1901 respectively, Robert Martin and William C. Grimes both served as acting governor whenever the presidentially appointed governorship was vacant.

# Governor
(Birth–Death)
Party Took office Left office Appointing President
  Republican (6)       Democratic (1)     
1     George Washington Steele
(1839–1922)
Republican May 22, 1890 October 18, 1891 Benjamin Harrison
Acting     Robert Martin
(1833–1897)
Republican October 18, 1891 February 1, 1892
2     Abraham Jefferson Seay
(1832–1915)
Republican February 1, 1892 May 7, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3     William Cary Renfrow
(1845–1922)
Democratic May 7, 1893 January 31, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4     Cassius M. Barnes
(1845–1925)
Republican January 31, 1897 April 15, 1901 William McKinley
5     William Miller Jenkins
(1856–1941)
Republican April 15, 1901 November 30, 1901
Acting     William C. Grimes
(1857–1931)
Republican November 30, 1901 December 9, 1901
6     Thompson Benton Ferguson
(1857–1921)
Republican December 9, 1901 January 5, 1906 Theodore Roosevelt
7     Frank Frantz
(1872–1941)
Republican January 5, 1906 November 16, 1907

Governors of the State of OklahomaEdit

Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory joined the Union as the State of Oklahoma on November 16, 1907.

# Governor
(Birth–Death)
Party Took office Left office Election Lt. Governor
  Republican (6)       Democratic (21)     
1     Charles N. Haskell
(1860–1933)
Democratic November 16, 1907 January 9, 1911 1907   George W. Bellamy
2     Lee Cruce
(1863–1933)
Democratic January 9, 1911 January 11, 1915 1910   J. J. McAlester
3     Robert L. Williams
(1868–1948)
Democratic January 11, 1915 January 13, 1919 1914   Martin E. Trapp
4
  James B. A. Robertson
(1871–1938)
Democratic January 13, 1919 January 8, 1923 1918   Martin E. Trapp
5     Jack C. Walton
(1881–1949)
Democratic January 8, 1923 November 19, 1923[1] 1922   Martin E. Trapp[2]
6     Martin E. Trapp
(1877–1951)
Democratic November 19, 1923 January 10, 1927 Office vacant
7     Henry S. Johnston
(1867–1965)
Democratic January 10, 1927 March 20, 1929[3] 1926   William J. Holloway[4]
8     William J. Holloway
(1888–1970)
Democratic March 20, 1929 January 1, 1931 Office vacant
9     William H. Murray
(1869–1956)
Democratic January 1, 1931 January 14, 1935 1930   Robert Burns
10     E. W. Marland
(1874–1941)
Democratic January 15, 1935 January 9, 1939 1934   James E. Berry
11
  Leon C. Phillips
(1890–1958)
Democratic January 9, 1939 January 11, 1943 1938   James E. Berry
12     Robert S. Kerr
(1896–1963)
Democratic January 11, 1943 January 13, 1947 1942   James E. Berry
13     Roy J. Turner
(1894–1973)
Democratic January 13, 1947 January 8, 1951 1946   James E. Berry
14     Johnston Murray
(1902–1974)
Democratic January 8, 1951 January 10, 1955 1950   James E. Berry
15     Raymond D. Gary
(1908–1993)
Democratic January 10, 1955 January 12, 1959 1954   Cowboy Pink Williams
16     J. Howard Edmondson
(1925–1971)
Democratic January 12, 1959 January 6, 1963[5] 1958   George Nigh[6]
17     George Nigh
(b. 1927)
Democratic January 6, 1963 January 14, 1963 Office vacant
18     Henry Bellmon
(1921–2009)
Republican January 14, 1963 January 9, 1967 1962   Leo Winters
19     Dewey F. Bartlett
(1919–1979)
Republican January 9, 1967 January 11, 1971 1966   George Nigh
20     David Hall
(1930–2016)
Democratic January 11, 1971 January 13, 1975 1970   George Nigh
21     David Boren
(b. 1941)
Democratic January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979[7] 1974   George Nigh
22     George Nigh
(b. 1927)
Democratic January 8, 1979[8] January 12, 1987 1978   Spencer Bernard
1982
23     Henry Bellmon
(1921–2009)
Republican January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991 1986   Robert S. Kerr III
24     David Walters
(b. 1951)
Democratic January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995 1990   Jack Mildren
25     Frank Keating
(b. 1944)
Republican January 9, 1995 January 13, 2003 1994   Mary Fallin
1998
26     Brad Henry
(b. 1963)
Democratic January 13, 2003 January 10, 2011 2002   Mary Fallin
2006   Jari Askins
27     Mary Fallin
(b. 1954)
Republican January 10, 2011 January 14, 2019 2010   Todd Lamb
2014
28     Kevin Stitt
(b. 1972)
Republican January 14, 2019 Incumbent 2018   Matt Pinnell

Other high offices heldEdit

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Oklahoma except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
George Washington Steele 1890–1891 (territorial) U.S. Representative from Indiana
William H. Murray 1931–1935 H First Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
E. W. Marland 1935–1939 H
Robert S. Kerr 1943–1947 S
J. Howard Edmondson 1959–1963 S*
Henry Bellmon 1963–1967
1987–1991
S
Dewey F. Bartlett 1967–1971 S
David Boren 1975–1979 S President of the University of Oklahoma
Frank Keating 1995–2003 United States Associate Attorney General; United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Mary Fallin 2011–2019 H

Living former governors of OklahomaEdit

As of January 2019, there are six former governors of Oklahoma who are currently living at this time, the oldest governor of Oklahoma being George Nigh (served 1963 and 1979–1987, born 1927). The most recent governor of Oklahoma to die was David Hall (served 1971–1975, born 1930), on May 6, 2016. The most recently serving governor of Oklahoma to have died was Henry Bellmon, (served 1963–1967 and 1987–1991) on September 29, 2009.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George Nigh 1963
1979–1987
(1927-06-09) June 9, 1927 (age 92)
David Boren 1975–1979 (1941-04-21) April 21, 1941 (age 78)
David Walters 1991–1995 (1951-11-20) November 20, 1951 (age 67)
Frank Keating 1995–2003 (1944-02-10) February 10, 1944 (age 75)
Brad Henry 2003–2011 (1963-07-10) July 10, 1963 (age 56)
Mary Fallin 2011–2019 (1954-12-09) December 9, 1954 (age 64)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Impeached and removed from office.
  2. ^ Succeeded to Governorship upon Walton's impeachment and removal.
  3. ^ Impeached and removed from office.
  4. ^ Succeeded to Governorship upon Johnston's impeachment and removal from office.
  5. ^ Resigned and appointed to U.S. Senate
  6. ^ Succeeded to Governorship upon Edmondson's resignation
  7. ^ Declined to run for relecton insted he ran and won election to the U.S. senate, left office five days early to be sworn in.
  8. ^ Elected Governor, but sworn in five days early due to Outgoing Governor Boren's election and swearing in as U.S. Senator.