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List of Governors of Oregon

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This article lists the individuals who have served as Governor of Oregon from the establishment of the Provisional Government between 1841 and 1843 to the present day

Contents

  • 1 Governors
    • 11 Champoeg Meetings
    • 12 Provisional Government
    • 13 Governors of the Territory of Oregon
    • 14 Governors of the State of Oregon
  • 2 Other high offices held
  • 3 Living former US governors of Oregon
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Governorsedit

Champoeg Meetingsedit

The Champoeg Meetings, including a constitutional committee, held from February 1841 until May 1843, served as a de facto government before the government was officially established While early attempts at establishing a government had been unsuccessful because of discontent between English American and French Canadian settlers over the question, whom they should choose as Governor, several other officers were elected at these meetings, including the position of Supreme Judge as the highest position at the second meeting For lack of a government the Supreme Judge also received executive and legislative duties and was mostly chosen as the chairman of the following meetings12

Executive Term start Term end
Chairman Jason Lee3 February 17, 1841
Chairman David Leslie4 February 18, 1841
1 Supreme Judge Ira Babcock February 18, 1841 May 2, 1843
Vacant5 May 2, 1843 July 5, 1843

Provisional Governmentedit

The meetings at Champoeg led up to the first constitution of the Oregon Country and several petitions for US territorial status The resulting acts also created this body as a provisional government for the region The first executives of this government were a three-person, elected committee known as the Executive Committee In 1845, elections for a chief executive were held The first person in Oregon to hold the title of governor was George Abernethy, a prominent businessman

Executive Term start Term end
1 First Executive Committee
David Hill Alanson Beers Joseph Gale
July 5, 1843 May 14, 1844
2 Second Executive Committee
Peter G Stewart Osborne Russell William J Bailey
May 14, 1844 June 3, 1845
3 George Abernethy June 3, 1845 March 3, 18496

Governors of the Territory of Oregonedit

Oregon became a US Territory in 1848 Like most other US territorial governments, Oregon's territorial governor was appointed by the President of the United States As transportation and communications were not as reliable or as fast as 21st-century methods, there were times when a departing governor left office and a new governor could not yet take over This resulted in several local individuals acting as territorial governor until the new executive was appointed and arrived to take office

President Polk initially appointed Brigadier General James Shields to be Oregon's first territorial governor and Shields was confirmed by the Senate, but he declined the position and Joseph Lane was appointed in his place

  Democratic       Whig

Governor Took office Left office Appointed by Party
1   Joseph Lane March 3, 1849 June 18, 1850 James Polk Democratic
  Kintzing Prichette June 18, 1850 August 18, 1850 Acting Governor Democratic
2   John P Gaines August 18, 1850 May 16, 1853 Zachary Taylor Whig
  Joseph Lane May 16, 1853 May 19, 1853 Acting Governor Democratic
  George Law Curry May 19, 1853 December 2, 1853 Acting Governor Democratic
3   John W Davis December 2, 1853 August 1, 1854 Franklin Pierce Democratic
4   George Law Curry August 1, 1854 March 3, 1859 Franklin Pierce Democratic

Governors of the State of Oregonedit

  Democratic       Republican       Independent

Governor Took office Left office Party Terms
note 1
1   John Whiteaker March 3, 1859 September 10, 1862 Democratic 1
2   A C Gibbs September 10, 1862 September 12, 1866 Republican 1
3 George L Woods September 12, 1866 September 14, 1870 Republican 1
4 La Fayette Grover September 14, 1870 February 1, 1877 Democratic  1 1⁄2
note 2
5 Stephen F Chadwick February 1, 1877 September 11, 1878 Democratic  1⁄2
6 W W Thayer September 11, 1878 September 13, 1882 Democratic 1
7 Z F Moody September 13, 1882 January 12, 1887 Republican 1
8 Sylvester Pennoyer January 12, 1887 January 14, 1895 Democratic 2
9 William Paine Lord January 14, 1895 January 9, 1899 Republican 1
10 T T Geer January 9, 1899 January 15, 1903 Republican 1
11 George Chamberlain January 15, 1903 March 1, 1909 Democratic  1 1⁄3
note 2
12 Frank W Benson March 1, 1909 June 17, 1910 Republican  1⁄3
note 3
13 Jay Bowerman June 17, 1910 January 11, 1911 Republican  1⁄3
14 Oswald West January 11, 1911 January 12, 1915 Democratic 1
15 James Withycombe January 12, 1915 March 3, 1919 Republican  1 1⁄2
note 4
16 Ben W Olcott March 3, 1919 January 8, 1923 Republican  1⁄2
17 Walter M Pierce January 8, 1923 January 10, 1927 Democratic 1
18 I L Patterson January 10, 1927 December 21, 1929 Republican  1⁄2
note 4
19 A W Norblad December 21, 1929 January 12, 1931 Republican  1⁄2
20 Julius L Meier January 12, 1931 January 14, 1935 Independent 1
21 Charles H Martin January 14, 1935 January 9, 1939 Democratic 1
22 Charles A Sprague January 9, 1939 January 11, 1943 Republican 1
23 Earl Snell January 11, 1943 October 30, 1947 Republican  1 1⁄3
note 4
24 John H Hall October 30, 1947 January 10, 1949 Republican  1⁄3
25 Douglas McKay January 10, 1949 December 17, 1952 Republican  1⁄3 +  1⁄2
note 5
26 Paul L Patterson December 27, 1952 February 1, 1956 Republican  1⁄2 +  1⁄3
note 4
27 Elmo Smith February 1, 1956 January 14, 1957 Republican  1⁄3
28 Robert D Holmes January 14, 1957 January 12, 1959 Democratic  1⁄3
29 Mark Hatfield January 12, 1959 January 9, 1967 Republican 2
30 Tom McCall January 9, 1967 January 13, 1975 Republican 2
31 Robert W Straub January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979 Democratic 1
32 Victor G Atiyeh January 8, 1979 January 12, 1987 Republican 2
33 Neil Goldschmidt January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991 Democratic 1
34 Barbara Roberts January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995 Democratic 1
35 John Kitzhaber January 9, 1995 January 13, 2003 Democratic 2
36 Ted Kulongoski January 13, 2003 January 10, 2011 Democratic 2
37 John Kitzhaber January 10, 2011 February 18, 2015 Democratic  1 1⁄2
note 6
note 7
38 Kate Brown February 18, 2015 Incumbent Democratic  1⁄2

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 Oregon except where noted

 Denotes those offices that the governor resigned to take
Governor Gubernatorial term US Congress Other offices held Source
House Senate
Joseph Lane 1848–1850
1853–1853
S Delegate to the US House of Representatives from Oregon Territory 7
John P Gaines 1850–1853 US Representative from Kentucky 8
John W Davis 1853–1854 US Representative from Indiana; United States Commissioner to China 9
John Whiteaker 1859–1862 H 10
George L Woods 1911–1915 Governor of Utah Territory 11
La Fayette Grover 1866–1877 H S 12
William Paine Lord 1895–1899 United States Minister to Argentina 13
George Chamberlain 1903–1909 S 14
Walter M Pierce 1923–1927 H 15
Charles H Martin 1935–1939 H 16
Douglas McKay 1949–1952 United States Secretary of the Interior 17
Mark Hatfield 1959–1967 S 18
Neil Goldschmidt 1987–1991 United States Secretary of Transportation 19

Living former US governors of Oregonedit

As of January 2017update, there are four former US governors of Oregon who are currently living at this time, the oldest US governor of Oregon being Barbara Roberts served 1991–1995, born 1936 The most recent death of a former US governor of Oregon and also the death of a former US governor of Oregon who served most recently was of Victor Atiyeh, who served from January 8, 1979 until he left office on January 12, 1987 and died on July 20, 2014 at the age of ninety-one20

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth and age
Neil Goldschmidt 1987–1991 1940-06-16 June 16, 1940 age 77
Barbara Roberts 1991–1995 1936-12-21 December 21, 1936 age 80
John Kitzhaber 1995–2003
2011–2015
1947-03-05 March 5, 1947 age 70
Ted Kulongoski 2003–2011 1940-11-05 November 5, 1940 age 76

Notesedit

  1. ^ The fractional terms of some governors are not to be understood absolutely literally; rather, they are meant to show single terms during which multiple governors served, due to resignations, deaths and the like
  2. ^ a b Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate
  3. ^ Resigned due to ill health
  4. ^ a b c d Died while in office
  5. ^ Resigned to take the position as United States Secretary of the Interior
  6. ^ Also served two consecutive terms from 1995 to 2003
  7. ^ Resigned due to an ethics scandal

Referencesedit

General
  • "Governors of Oregon" National Governors Association Archived from the original on June 29, 2011 
  • "Governor Records" Oregon State Archives Retrieved July 15, 2010 
Constitution
  • "Constitution of Oregon" Oregon Legislature Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  • "1857 Constitution of Oregon" Oregon Blue Book Oregon State Archives Retrieved July 15, 2010 
Specific
  1. ^ DR IRA L BABCOCK, biography from Oregon Government, retrieved 15 May 2017
  2. ^ A History of Oregon, 1792-1849, retrieved 15 May 2017
  3. ^ Chaired the first Champoeg Meeting
  4. ^ Chaired the second Champoeg Meeting, during which Babcock was elected Supreme Judge
  5. ^ Albert E Wilson was elected Supreme Judge, but declined to serve
  6. ^ While Abernethy's term officially ended August 14, 1848, he continued to act as Governor until Lane arrived in 1849
  7. ^ "Lane, Joseph" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  8. ^ "Gaines, John Pollard" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  9. ^ "Davis, John Wesley" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  10. ^ "Whiteaker, John" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  11. ^ "George Lemuel Woods" Utah History to Go State of Utah Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  12. ^ "Grover, La Fayette" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  13. ^ "Former US Ambassadors to Argentina" Embassy of the United States, Argentina US Department of State Archived from the original on May 27, 2010 Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  14. ^ "Chamberlain, George Earle" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  15. ^ "Pierce, Walter Marcus" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  16. ^ "Martin, Charles Henry" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  17. ^ "Past Secretaries of the Department of the Interior" US Department of the Interior Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  18. ^ "Hatfield, Mark" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  19. ^ "Biographical Sketches of the Secretaries of Transportation" US Department of Transportation Retrieved July 15, 2010 
  20. ^ Mapes, Jeff July 20, 2014 "Republican Vic Atiyeh, who guided Oregon through economic upheaval, dies at 91" The Oregonian Retrieved 2014-07-20 

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