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List of oldest living United States governors

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 98), 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. governorsEdit

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 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 17, 2017 David P. Buckson Delaware July 25, 1920
January 17, 2017 John M. Patterson Alabama September 27, 1921
  1. ^ First governor following ratification of the Constitution.
  2. ^ Became oldest living governor upon Pennsylvania's ratification of the Constitution.
  3. ^ Became oldest living governor upon taking office.

Oldest living U.S. GovernorsEdit

These are the 100 oldest living United States governors. The longevity in this table is calculated as of October 20, 2019.


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 35,81798 years, 23 days
2 Mixson, WayneWayne Mixson 1922-06-16(1922-06-16)June 16, 1922 1987-01-031987 Florida 35,55597 years, 126 days
3 Winter, WilliamWilliam F. Winter 1923-02-21(1923-02-21)February 21, 1923 1980-01-221980–1984 Mississippi 35,30596 years, 241 days
4 Quie, AlAl Quie 1923-09-18(1923-09-18)September 18, 1923 1979-01-041979–1983 Minnesota 35,09696 years, 32 days
5 Holton, LinwoodLinwood Holton 1923-09-21(1923-09-21)September 21, 1923 1970-01-171970–1974 Virginia 35,09396 years, 29 days
6 Wolf, DaleDale E. Wolf 1924-09-06(1924-09-06)September 6, 1924 1992-12-311992–1993 Delaware 34,74295 years, 44 days
7 Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter 1924-10-01(1924-10-01)October 1, 1924 1971-01-121971–1975 Georgia 34,71795 years, 19 days
8 Schwinden, TedTed Schwinden 1925-08-31(1925-08-31)August 31, 1925 1981-01-051981–1989 Montana 34,38394 years, 50 days
9 Evans, DanielDaniel J. Evans 1925-10-16(1925-10-16)October 16, 1925 1965-01-111965–1977 Washington 34,33794 years, 4 days
10 Ariyoshi, GeorgeGeorge Ariyoshi 1926-03-12(1926-03-12)March 12, 1926 1974-12-021974–1986 Hawaii 34,19093 years, 222 days
11 Batt, PhilPhil Batt 1927-03-04(1927-03-04)March 4, 1927 1995-01-021995–1999 Idaho 33,83392 years, 230 days
12 Nigh, GeorgeGeorge Nigh 1927-06-09(1927-06-09)June 9, 1927 1963-01-061963
1979–1987
Oklahoma 33,73692 years, 133 days
13 Dunn, WinfieldWinfield Dunn 1927-07-01(1927-07-01)July 1, 1927 1971-01-161971–1975 Tennessee 33,71492 years, 111 days
14 Edwards, EdwinEdwin Edwards 1927-08-07(1927-08-07)August 7, 1927 1972-05-091972–1980
1984–1988
1992–1996
Louisiana 33,67792 years, 74 days
15 Sheffield, BillBill Sheffield 1928-06-26(1928-06-26)June 26, 1928 1982-12-061982–1986 Alaska 33,35391 years, 116 days
16 Romer, RoyRoy Romer 1928-10-31(1928-10-31)October 31, 1928 1987-01-131987–1999 Colorado 33,22690 years, 354 days
17 Farrar, FrankFrank Farrar 1929-04-02(1929-04-02)April 2, 1929 1969-01-071969–1971 South Dakota 33,07390 years, 201 days
18 Fulton, Robert D.Robert D. Fulton 1929-05-13(1929-05-13)May 13, 1929 1969-01-011969 Iowa 33,03290 years, 160 days
19 Stephens, StanStan Stephens 1929-09-16(1929-09-16)September 16, 1929 1989-01-021989–1993 Montana 32,90690 years, 34 days
20 Foster, MurphyMurphy J. Foster 1930-07-11(1930-07-11)July 11, 1930 1996-01-081996–2004 Louisiana 32,60889 years, 101 days
21 Wilder, DouglasDouglas Wilder 1931-01-17(1931-01-17)January 17, 1931 1990-01-141990–1994 Virginia 32,41888 years, 276 days
22 Curtis, KennethKenneth M. Curtis 1931-02-08(1931-02-08)February 8, 1931 1967-01-051967–1975 Maine 32,39688 years, 254 days
23 Carroll, JulianJulian Carroll 1931-04-16(1931-04-16)April 16, 1931 1974-12-281974–1979 Kentucky 32,32988 years, 187 days
24 Weicker, LowellLowell Weicker 1931-05-16(1931-05-16)May 16, 1931 1991-01-091991–1995 Connecticut 32,29988 years, 157 days
25 Noel, PhilipPhilip W. Noel 1931-06-05(1931-06-05)June 5, 1931 1973-01-021973–1977 Rhode Island 32,27988 years, 137 days
26 Thornburgh, DickDick Thornburgh 1932-07-16(1932-07-16)July 16, 1932 1979-01-161979–1987 Pennsylvania 31,87287 years, 96 days
27 Salmon, ThomasThomas P. Salmon 1932-08-19(1932-08-19)August 19, 1932 1973-01-041973–1977 Vermont 31,83887 years, 62 days
28 Riley, RichardRichard Riley 1933-01-02(1933-01-02)January 2, 1933 1979-01-101979–1987 South Carolina 31,70286 years, 291 days
29 Mackay, BuddyBuddy MacKay 1933-03-22(1933-03-22)March 22, 1933 1998-12-121998–1999 Florida 31,62386 years, 212 days
30 Murkowski, FrankFrank Murkowski 1933-03-28(1933-03-28)March 28, 1933 2002-12-022002–2006 Alaska 31,61786 years, 206 days
31 Wilson, PetePete Wilson 1933-08-23(1933-08-23)August 23, 1933 1991-01-071991–1999 California 31,46986 years, 58 days
32 Kunin, MadeleineMadeleine M. Kunin 1933-09-28(1933-09-28)September 28, 1933 1985-01-101985–1991 Vermont 31,43386 years, 22 days
33 Dukakis, MichaelMichael Dukakis 1933-11-03(1933-11-03)November 3, 1933 1975-01-021975–1979
1983–1991
Massachusetts 31,39785 years, 351 days
34 Brown, JohnJohn Y. Brown 1933-12-28(1933-12-28)December 28, 1933 1979-12-111979–1983 Kentucky 31,34285 years, 296 days
35 Ryan, GeorgeGeorge Ryan 1934-02-24(1934-02-24)February 24, 1934 1999-01-111999–2003 Illinois 31,28485 years, 238 days
36 Diprete, EdwardEdward D. DiPrete 1934-07-08(1934-07-08)July 8, 1934 1985-01-011985–1991 Rhode Island 31,15085 years, 104 days
37 Pryor, DavidDavid Pryor 1934-08-29(1934-08-29)August 29, 1934 1975-01-141975–1979 Arkansas 31,09885 years, 52 days
38 James, FobFob James 1934-09-15(1934-09-15)September 15, 1934 1979-01-151979–1983
1995–1999
Alabama 31,08185 years, 35 days
39 Carlson, ArneArne Carlson 1934-09-24(1934-09-24)September 24, 1934 1991-01-071991–1999 Minnesota 31,07285 years, 26 days
40 Apodaca, JerryJerry Apodaca 1934-10-03(1934-10-03)October 3, 1934 1975-01-011975–1979 New Mexico 31,06385 years, 17 days
41 Brennan, JosephJoseph E. Brennan 1934-11-02(1934-11-02)November 2, 1934 1979-01-031979–1987 Maine 31,03384 years, 352 days
42 Martinez, BobBob Martinez 1934-12-25(1934-12-25)December 25, 1934 1987-01-061987–1991 Florida 30,98084 years, 299 days
43 Minner, RuthRuth A. Minner 1935-01-17(1935-01-17)January 17, 1935 2001-01-032001–2009 Delaware 30,95784 years, 276 days
44 Du Pont, PetePete du Pont 1935-01-22(1935-01-22)January 22, 1935 1977-01-181977–1985 Delaware 30,95284 years, 271 days
45 Kean, ThomasThomas Kean 1935-04-21(1935-04-21)April 21, 1935 1982-01-191982–1990 New Jersey 30,86384 years, 182 days
46 Wollman, HarveyHarvey L. Wollman 1935-05-14(1935-05-14)May 14, 1935 1978-07-241978–1979 South Dakota 30,84084 years, 159 days
47 Hull, JaneJane D. Hull 1935-08-08(1935-08-08)August 8, 1935 1997-09-051997–2003 Arizona 30,75484 years, 73 days
48 Lamm, RichardRichard Lamm 1935-09-12(1935-09-12)September 12, 1935 1975-01-141975–1987 Colorado 30,71984 years, 38 days
49 Martin, JamesJames G. Martin 1935-12-11(1935-12-11)December 11, 1935 1985-01-051985–1993 North Carolina 30,62983 years, 313 days
50 Beasley, JereJere Beasley 1935-12-12(1935-12-12)December 12, 1935 1972-06-051972 Alabama 30,62883 years, 312 days
51 Harris, Joe F.Joe F. Harris 1936-02-16(1936-02-16)February 16, 1936 1983-01-111983–1991 Georgia 30,56283 years, 246 days
52 Sundquist, DonDon Sundquist 1936-03-15(1936-03-15)March 15, 1936 1995-01-211995–2003 Tennessee 30,53483 years, 219 days
53 Earl, Anthony S.Anthony S. Earl 1936-04-12(1936-04-12)April 12, 1936 1983-01-031983–1987 Wisconsin 30,50683 years, 191 days
54 Thompson, James R.James R. Thompson 1936-05-08(1936-05-08)May 8, 1936 1977-01-101977–1991 Illinois 30,48083 years, 165 days
55 Almond, LincolnLincoln Almond 1936-06-16(1936-06-16)June 16, 1936 1995-01-031995–2003 Rhode Island 30,44183 years, 126 days
56 List, RobertRobert List 1936-09-01(1936-09-01)September 1, 1936 1979-01-011979–1983 Nevada 30,36483 years, 49 days
57 Graham, BobBob Graham 1936-11-09(1936-11-09)November 9, 1936 1979-01-021979–1987 Florida 30,29582 years, 345 days
58 Collins, Martha L.Martha L. Collins 1936-12-07(1936-12-07)December 7, 1936 1983-12-131983–1987 Kentucky 30,26782 years, 317 days
59 Roberts, BarbaraBarbara Roberts 1936-12-21(1936-12-21)December 21, 1936 1991-01-141991–1995 Oregon 30,25382 years, 303 days
60 Hunt, James B.James B. Hunt 1937-05-16(1937-05-16)May 16, 1937 1977-01-081977–1985
1993–2001
North Carolina 30,10782 years, 157 days
61 Patton, Paul E.Paul E. Patton 1937-05-26(1937-05-26)May 26, 1937 1995-12-121995–2003 Kentucky 30,09782 years, 147 days
62 Rockefeller, John D.John D. Rockefeller 1937-06-18(1937-06-18)June 18, 1937 1977-01-171977–1985 West Virginia 30,07482 years, 124 days
63 Bryan, RichardRichard Bryan 1937-07-16(1937-07-16)July 16, 1937 1983-01-031983–1989 Nevada 30,04682 years, 96 days
64 Florio, JamesJames Florio 1937-08-29(1937-08-29)August 29, 1937 1990-01-161990–1994 New Jersey 30,00282 years, 52 days
65 Celeste, Richard F.Richard F. Celeste 1937-11-11(1937-11-11)November 11, 1937 1983-01-101983–1991 Ohio 29,92881 years, 343 days
66 Brown, JerryJerry Brown 1938-04-07(1938-04-07)April 7, 1938 1975-01-061975–1983
2011–2019
California 29,78181 years, 196 days
67 Abercrombie, NeilNeil Abercrombie 1938-06-26(1938-06-26)June 26, 1938 2010-12-062010–2014 Hawaii 29,70181 years, 116 days
68 Babbitt, BruceBruce Babbitt 1938-06-27(1938-06-27)June 27, 1938 1978-03-041978–1987 Arizona 29,70081 years, 115 days
69 Cowper, SteveSteve Cowper 1938-08-21(1938-08-21)August 21, 1938 1986-12-011986–1990 Alaska 29,64581 years, 60 days
70 Olson, Allen I.Allen I. Olson 1938-11-05(1938-11-05)November 5, 1938 1981-01-061981–1985 North Dakota 29,56980 years, 349 days
71 Orr, KayKay Orr 1938-06-27(1939-01-02)January 2, 1939 1987-01-091987–1991 Nebraska 29,51180 years, 291 days
72 Bond, KitKit Bond 1939-03-06(1939-03-06)March 6, 1939 1973-01-081973–1977
1981–1985
Missouri 29,44880 years, 228 days
73 Schreiber, Martin J.Martin J. Schreiber 1939-04-08(1939-04-08)April 8, 1939 1977-07-061977–1979 Wisconsin 29,41580 years, 195 days
74 Robb, ChuckChuck Robb 1939-06-26(1939-06-26)June 26, 1939 1982-01-161982–1986 Virginia 29,33680 years, 116 days
75 Jones, BreretonBrereton Jones 1939-06-27(1939-06-27)June 27, 1939 1991-12-101991–1995 Kentucky 29,33580 years, 115 days
76 Sununu, John H.John H. Sununu 1939-07-02(1939-07-02)July 2, 1939 1983-01-061983–1989 New Hampshire 29,33080 years, 110 days
77 Castle, MichaelMichael Castle 1939-07-02(1939-07-02)July 2, 1939 1985-01-151985–1992 Delaware 29,33080 years, 110 days
78 Carruthers, GarreyGarrey Carruthers 1939-08-29(1939-08-29)August 29, 1939 1987-01-011987–1991 New Mexico 29,27280 years, 52 days
79 Sullivan, MikeMike Sullivan 1939-09-22(1939-09-22)September 22, 1939 1987-01-051987–1995 Wyoming 29,24880 years, 28 days
80 Cayetano, BenBen Cayetano 1939-11-14(1939-11-14)November 14, 1939 1994-12-021994–2002 Hawaii 29,19579 years, 340 days
81 Caperton, GastonGaston Caperton 1940-02-21(1940-02-21)February 21, 1940 1989-01-161989–1997 West Virginia 29,09679 years, 241 days
82 Goldschmidt, NeilNeil Goldschmidt 1940-06-16(1940-06-16)June 16, 1940 1987-01-121987–1991 Oregon 28,98079 years, 126 days
83 Alexander, LamarLamar Alexander 1940-07-03(1940-07-03)July 3, 1940 1979-01-171979–1987 Tennessee 28,96379 years, 109 days
84 Gerald L. BalilesGerald L. Baliles 1940-07-08(1940-07-08)July 8, 1940 1986-01-181986–1990 Virginia 28,95879 years, 104 days
85 John W. CarlinJohn W. Carlin 1940-08-03(1940-08-03)August 3, 1940 1979-01-081979–1987 Kansas 28,93279 years, 78 days
86 Ted KulongoskiTed Kulongoski 1940-11-05(1940-11-05)November 5, 1940 2003-01-132003–2011 Oregon 28,83878 years, 349 days
87 David L. BorenDavid L. Boren 1941-04-21(1941-04-21)April 21, 1941 1975-01-131975–1979 Oklahoma 28,67178 years, 182 days
88 Anaya, ToneyToney Anaya 1941-04-29(1941-04-29)April 29, 1941 1983-01-011983–1987 New Mexico 28,66378 years, 174 days
89 Nelson, BenBen Nelson 1941-05-17(1941-05-17)May 17, 1941 1991-01-091991–1999 Nebraska 28,64578 years, 156 days
90 Strickland, TedTed Strickland 1941-08-4(1941-08-04)August 4, 1941 2007-01-082007–2011 Ohio 28,56678 years, 77 days
91 Thompson, TommyTommy Thompson 1941-11-19(1941-11-19)November 19, 1941 1987-01-051987–2001 Wisconsin 28,45977 years, 335 days
92 Taft, BobBob Taft 1942-1-8(1942-01-09)January 9, 1942 1999-01-111999–2007 Ohio 28,40877 years, 284 days
93 Otter, ButchButch Otter 1942-5-3(1942-05-03)May 3, 1942 2007-01-012007–2019 Idaho 28,29477 years, 170 days
94 Ashcroft, JohnJohn Ashcroft 1942-5-9(1942-05-09)May 9, 1942 1985-01-141985–1993 Missouri 28,28877 years, 164 days
95 Glendening, ParrisParris Glendening 1942-6-11(1942-06-11)June 11, 1942 1995-01-181995–2003 Maryland 28,25577 years, 131 days
96 Blanchard, JamesJames Blanchard 1942-8-8(1942-08-08)August 8, 1942 1983-01-011983–1991 Michigan 28,19777 years, 73 days
97 Deal, NathanNathan Deal 1942-8-25(1942-08-25)August 25, 1942 2011-01-102011–2019 Georgia 28,18077 years, 56 days
98 Carcieri, DonaldDonald Carcieri 1942-12-15(1942-12-16)December 16, 1942 2003-01-072003–2011 Rhode Island 28,06776 years, 308 days
99 Davis, GrayGray Davis 1942-12-15(1942-12-26)December 26, 1942 1999-01-041999–2003 California 28,05776 years, 298 days
100 Knowles, TonyTony Knowles 1943-01-01(1943-01-01)January 1, 1943 1994-12-051994–2002 Alaska 28,05176 years, 292 days

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