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Former Alabama State Governors

TERM NAME PARTY COMMENT
1819-1820 William Wyatt Bibb Democrat Born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, on October 2, 1781. Governor of Alabama Territory before being elected the first Governor of the State of Alabama. Died, while still in office, of internal injuries after a fall from his horse on July 10, 1820 near Coosada Station, Elmore County, Alabama. Interment at the family cemetery, Coosada Station, Elmore County, Alabama. Bibb counties in Alabama and Georgia are named for him. Congressional biography.
1820-1821 Thomas Bibb Democrat Brother of William Wyatt Bibb, born in Amelia County, Virginia in 1783. President of the Senate, he became governor upon the death of his brother Governor William Bibb on July 10, 1820. Died on September 20, 1839. Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama.
1821-1825 Israel Pickens Democrat Born near Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina on January 30, 1780. Died near Matanzas, Cuba, on April 24, 1827. Original interment at a family cemetery, Hale County, Alabama. Reinterment at City Cemetery, Greensboro, Greensboro, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1825-1829 John Murphy Democrat Born in 1786 in Columbia, Robeson County, North Carolina. Died near Gosport, Clarke County, Alabama on September 21, 1841. Interment at his plantation near Gosport, Clarke County, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1829-1831 Gabriel Moore Democrat Born around 1785 in Stokes County, North Carolina. Died in Caddo, Stephens County, Texas, June 9, 1845. Interment at a private or family graveyard, Harrison County, Texas. Congressional biography.
1831 Samuel B. Moore Democrat Born in 1789. Died on November 7, 1846. President of the Senate, Samuel Moore became governor, on March 30, 1931, upon Governor Gabriel Moore's election to the U.S. Senate. Interment at Carrollton City Cemetery, Carrollton, Alabama.
1831-1835 John Gayle Democrat/Whig Born on September 11, 1792, in Sumter District, South Carolina. Died near Mobile, Alabama, on July 21, 1859. Interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1835-1837 Clement Comer Clay Democrat Born in Halifax County, Virginia, on December 17, 1789. Died in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, on September 7, 1866. Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1837 Hugh McVay Democrat Born in 1788 in South Carolina. President of the Senate, Hugh McVay became governor, on July 31, 1837, upon Governor Clay's appointment to the U.S. Senate. Died on May 9, 1851. Interment at Moore-McVay Cemetery, Mars Hill, Alabama.
1837-1841 Arthur Pendleton Bagby Democrat Born in 1794 in Louisa County, Virginia. Died of Yellow Fever in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, on September 21, 1858. Interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1841-1845 Benjamin Fitzpatrick Democrat Born in Greene County, Georgia, on June 30, 1802. Died on his plantation near Wetumpka, Autauga County, Alabama, on November 21, 1869. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1845-1847 Joshua Lanier Martin Democrat Born in Blount County, Tennessee, on December 5, 1799. Died in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, on November 2, 1856. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1847-1849 Reuben Chapman Democrat Born in Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, on July 15, 1799. Died in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama on May 16, 1882. Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1849-1853 Henry Watkins Collier Democrat Born in Lunenburg County, Virginia, on January 17, 1801. Died, of "cholera morbus" (gastroenteritis), in Bailey Springs, Lauderdale County, Alabama, on August 28, 1855. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1853-1857 John Anthony Winston Democrat Born on September 4, 1812 in Madison County, Alabama. Died in Mobile, Alabama, on December 21, 1871. Interment at a private or family cemetery, Sumter County, Alabama. Winston County, Alabama is named for him.
1857-1861 Andrew Barry Moore Democrat Born on March 7, 1807 in Spartanburg District, South Carolina. Died on April 5, 1873. Interment at Fairview Cemetery, near Marion, Perry County, Alabama.
1861-1863 John Gill Shorter Democrat Born in Monticello, Jasper County, Georgia, on April 23, 1818. Died in Eufaula, Barbour County, Alabama, on May 29, 1872. Interment at Shorter Cemetery, Eufaula, Alabama.
1863-1865 Thomas Hill Watts Democrat Born near Greenville, Butler County, Alabama, on January 3, 1819. Died in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on September 16, 1892. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1865 Lewis Eliphalet Parsons Democrat Born on April 28, 1817. After the Civil War, Parsons was appointed provisional governor of Alabama by President Andrew Johnson on June 21, 1865. Died on June 8, 1895. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Talladega, Alabama.
1865-1867 Robert Miller Patton Pre-War Whig Born on July 10, 1809, in Russell County, Virginia. Died on February 28, 1885, at Sweet Water near Florence, Alabama. Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama.
1867-1868 Wager Swayne   Born in Columbus, Ohio, on November 10, 1834. Appointed Military governor by President Andrew Johnson. Died in New York City on December 18, 1902.
1868-1870 William Hugh Smith Republican Born in Fayette County, Georgia, on April 28, 1826. Died in Birmingham, Alabama on January 1, 1899. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1870-1872 Robert Burns Lindsay Democrat Born in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, July 4, 1824. Died on February 13, 1902. Interment at Winston Family Cemetery, Tuscumbia, Alabama.
1872-1874 David Peter Lewis Republican Born in Charlotte County, Virginia, in 1820. Died in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, on July 3, 1884. Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama.
1874-1878 George Smith Houston Democrat Born on January 17, 1811, near Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee. Died on December 31, 1879 in Athens, Alabama. Interment at Athens City Cemetery, Athens, Alabama. Houston County, Alabama is named for him. Congressional biography.
1878-1882 Rufus Wills Cobb Democrat Born on February 25, 1829, in Ashville, St. Clair County, Alabama. Died on November 26, 1913, in Birmingham, Alabama. Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1882-1886 Edward Asbury O'Neal Democrat Born on September 20, 1818, in Madison County, Alabama. Died on November 20, 1890 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama. Interment at City Cemetery, Florence, Alabama.
1886-1890 Thomas Seay Democrat Born on November 20, 1846, near Erie in present day Hale County. Died on March 30, 1896 in Greensboro, Alabama. Interment at City Cemetery, Greensboro, Alabama.>
1890-1894 Thomas Goode Jones Democrat Born in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, on November 26, 1844. Died in Montgomery, Alabama on April 28, 1914. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1894-1896 William Calvin Oates Democrat Born at Oates Cross Roads, near Troy, Pike County, Alabama on November 30, 1833/1835. Died in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on September 9, 1910. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1896-1900 Joseph Forney Johnston Democrat Born at "Mount Welcome," Lincoln County, North Carolina, on March 23, 1843. Died in Washington, D.C., on August 8, 1913. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1900 William Dorsey Jelks Democrat * President of the Senate, William Jelks became acting governor when Governor William Samford sought medical treatment out-of-state during the initial days of his administration which began on December 1, 1900. Born in Warrior Stand, then in Russell County, now in Macon County, Alabama, on November 7, 1855. Died on December 14, 1931. Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Eufaula, Alabama.
1900-1901 William James Samford Democrat Born in Greenville, Georgia, on September 16, 1844. Died in office on June 11, 1901. Interment at Rosemere Cemetery, Opelika, Alabama.
1901-1907 William Dorsey Jelks Democrat Born in Warrior Stand, then in Russell County, now in Macon County, Alabama, on November 7, 1855. President of Senate, William Jelks became governor upon the death, June 11, 1901, of Governor Samford: subsequently he was elected to a four-year term as governor. Died on December 14, 1931. Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Eufaula Alabama.
1904-1905 Russell McWhorter Cunningham Democrat * Lieutenant Governor Russell Cunningham became acting governor during Governor Jelks' illness April 25, 1904-March 5, 1905. Born on August 25, 1855, at Mt. Hope, Lawrence County, Alabama. Died in Birmingham, Alabama on June 6, 1921. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1907-1911 Braxton Bragg Comer Democrat Born in Old Spring Hill, Barbour County, Alabama, on November 7, 1848. Died on August 15, 1927 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama. Congressional biography.
1911-1915 Emmet O'Neal Democrat Born September 23, 1853, in Florence, Alabama. Died on September 7, 1922. Interment at City Cemetery, Florence, Alabama.
1915-1919 Charles Henderson Democrat Born in Pike County, Alabama, on April 26, 1860. Died on January 7, 1937. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, Alabama.
1919-1923 Thomas Erby Kilby Democrat Born in Lebanon, Tennessee, on July 9, 1865. Died in Anniston, Alabama, on October 22, 1943. Interment at Highland Cemetery Annex, Anniston, Alabama.
1923-1927 William Woodward Brandon Democrat Born in Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, on June 5, 1868. Died on December 7, 1934 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Interment at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1924 Charles Samuel McDowell, Jr. Democrat * Lieutenant Governor Charles McDowell became acting governor when Goveror Brandon spent 21 days in New York City chairing the state delegation to the 1924 Democratic Convention. Born on October 17, 1871, in Eufaula, Barbour County. Died ???? Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Eufaula, Alabama.
1927-1931 David Bibb Graves Democrat Born in Hope Hull, Montgomery County, Alabama, on April 1, 1873. Died in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, on March 14, 1942. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1931-1935 Benjamin Meek Miller Democrat Born in Oak Hill, Wilcox County, Alabama, on March 3, 1864. Died in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama, on February 6, 1944. Interment at Camden Cemetery, Camden, Alabama.
1935-1939 David Bibb Graves Democrat Born in Hope Hull, Montgomery County, Alabama, on April 1, 1873. Died in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, on March 14, 1942. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1939-1943 Frank Murray Dixon Democrat Born in Oakland, Alameda County, California, on July 25, 1892. Died in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, on October 11, 1965. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.
1943-1947 Chauncey Sparks Democrat Born in Barbour County, Alabama, on October 8, 1884. Died in Eufaula, Alabama, on November 6, 1968. Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Eufaula, Alabama.
1947-1951 James Elisha Folsom, Sr. Democrat Born in Coffee County, Alabama, on October 9, 1908. Died, of a heart attack, in Cullman Alabama, on November 21, 1987. Interment at Cullman Cemetery, Cullman, Alabama.
1951-1955 Seth Gordon Persons Democrat Born in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on February 5, 1902. Died, of a stroke, in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on May 29, 1965. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1955-1959 James Elisha Folsom, Sr. Democrat Born in Coffee County, Alabama, on October 9, 1908. Died, of a heart attack, in Cullman Alabama, on November 21, 1987. Interment at Cullman Cemetery, Cullman, Alabama.
1959-1963 John Malcolm Patterson Democrat Born in Goldville, Tallapoosa County, Alabama, on September 27, 1921.
1963-1967 George Corley Wallace Democrat Born in Clio, Barbour County, Alabama, on August 25, 1919. Died in Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on September 13, 1998. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1967-1968 Lurleen Burns Wallace Democrat Born on September 19, 1926, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Died on May 7, 1968. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. Lake Lurleen in central Alabama is named in her memory.
1968-1971 Albert Preston Brewer Democrat * Lieutenant Governor Albert Brewer became acting governor for a portion of one day as Governor Lurleen Wallace received medical treatment out-of-state for more than 20 days. He became governor upon the death of Lurleen Wallace on May 7, 1968. Born in Bethel Springs, McNairy County, Tennessee, on October 26, 1928.
1971-1979 George Corley Wallace Democrat Born in Clio, Barbour County, Alabama, on August 25, 1919. Died in Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on September 13, 1998. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1972 Jere Beasley Democrat * Lieutenant Governor Jere Beasley became acting governor, from June 5-July 7,1972 while Governor George Wallace was in a Maryland hospital recovering from an assassination attempt. Born on December 12, 1935 in Tyler, Texas.
1979-1983 Forrest Hood (Fob) James, Jr. Democrat Born in Lanett, Chambers County, Alabama, on September 15, 1934.
1983-1987 George Corley Wallace Democrat Born in Clio, Barbour County, Alabama, on August 25, 1919. Died in Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on September 13, 1998. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
1987-1993 Harold Guy Hunt Republican Born in Holly Pond, Cullman County, Alabama, on June 17, 1933. Convicted in 1993 of misusing campaign and inaugural funds to pay personal debts and removed from office as Governor.
1993-1995 James Elisha Folsom, Jr. Democrat * Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. became governor, on April 22,1993, upon conviction of Guy Hunt for ethics violations. Born in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, on May 14, 1948.
1995-1999 Forrest Hood (Fob) James, Jr. Democrat Born in Lanett, Chambers County, Alabama, on September 15, 1934.
1999-2003 Don Siegelman Democrat Born in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, on February 24, 1946.
2003-2011 Robert Renfroe "Bob" Riley Republican Born in Ashland, Clay County, Alabama, on October 03, 1944.
* According to the 1901 Constitution, if the governor is out of the state more than 20 days, the lieutenant governor becomes acting governor.
 

Source: Alabama Department of Archives & History, (http://www.archives.state.al.us/govslist.html), November 12, 2004
Source: The Political Graveyard, (http://www.politicalgraveyard.com), November 15, 2004

 


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