Governor of Massachusetts

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Just like the other 49 American states, Massachusetts has its own governor. The current governor is a man named Deval Patrick. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The first governor of Massachusetts was a man named John Hancock.

Deval Patrick at his office.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1780–present[change | change source]

This is a complete list of governors of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Acting governors, denoted as "A" instead of numbered, are included when the Governor resigned or died. Acting governors show a vacancy in the lieutenant governorship. They remain as Lieutenant Governors and merely act as governor. Lieutenant governors in Massachusetts do not ascend to the governorship upon death or resignation of their predecessor.

Governor Took office Left office Party Lieutenant Governor(s)
1 John Hancock JohnHancockSmall.jpeg 1780 1785 None Thomas Cushing
A Thomas Cushing
(Acting Governor)
1785 1785 None (vacant)
2 James Bowdoin 1785 1787 None Thomas Cushing
3 John Hancock JohnHancockSmall.jpeg May 30, 1787 October 8, 1793 None Thomas Cushing
(1787 - 1788)
Benjamin Lincoln
(1788 - 1789)
Samuel Adams
(1789 - 1793)
4 Samuel Adams
(Acting, 1793 - 1794)
October 8, 1793 June 2, 1797 None Moses Gill
(1794 - 1799)
5 Increase Sumner June 2, 1797 June 7, 1799 Federalist
A Moses Gill
(Acting Governor)
June 7, 1799 May 20, 1800 None (vacant)
A Governor's Council
(Acting Governor)
Seal of Massachusetts.svg May 20, 1800 May 30, 1800 None
6 Caleb Strong Caleb strong.jpg May 30, 1800 May 29, 1807 Federalist Samuel Phillips, Jr.
(1801 - 1802)
Edward H. Robbins
(1802 - 1806)
7 James Sullivan May 29, 1807 December 10, 1808 Democratic-Republican Levi Lincoln, Sr.
A Levi Lincoln, Sr.
(Acting Governor)
December 10, 1808 May 1, 1809 Democratic-Republican (vacant)
8 Christopher Gore May 1, 1809 June 10, 1810 Federalist David Cobb
9 Elbridge Gerry Elbridge-gerry-painting.jpg June 10, 1810 March 4, 1812 Democratic-Republican William Gray
10 Caleb Strong Caleb strong.jpg June 1812 May 30, 1816 Federalist William Phillips, Jr.
11 John Brooks May 30, 1816 May 31, 1823 Federalist
12 William Eustis William Eustis.jpg May 31, 1823 February 6, 1825 Democratic-Republican Levi Lincoln, Jr.
(1823 - 1824)
Marcus Morton
(1824 - 1825)
A Marcus Morton
(Acting Governor)
Marcus Morton.jpg February 6, 1825 May 26, 1825 Democratic-Republican (vacant)
13 Levi Lincoln, Jr. May 26, 1825 January 9, 1834 Democratic-Republican Thomas L. Winthrop
(1826 - 1833)
Samuel Turell Armstrong
(1833 - 1834)
14 John Davis John Davis (Massachusetts Governor).jpg January 9, 1834 March 1, 1835 Whig Samuel Turell Armstrong
A Samuel Turell Armstrong
(Acting Governor)
March 1, 1835 January 13, 1836 Whig (vacant)
15 Edward Everett Edward Everett.jpg January 13, 1836 January 18, 1840 Whig George Hull
16 Marcus Morton Marcus Morton.jpg January 18, 1840 January 7, 1841 Democratic
17 John Davis John Davis (Massachusetts Governor).jpg January 7, 1841 January 17, 1843 Whig
18 Marcus Morton Marcus Morton.jpg January 17, 1843 January 1844 Democratic Henry H. Childs
19 George N. Briggs January 1844 January 11, 1851 Whig John Reed, Jr.
20 George S. Boutwell January 11, 1851 January 14, 1853 Democratic Henry W. Cushman
21 John H. Clifford January 14, 1853 January 12, 1854 Whig Elisha Huntington
22 Emory Washburn January 12, 1854 January 4, 1855 Whig William C. Plunkett
23 Henry J. Gardner January 4, 1855 January 7, 1858 Know-Nothing Simon Brown
(1855 - 1856)
Henry W. Benchley
(1856 - 1858)
24 Nathaniel Prentice Banks Nathaniel banks by mathew brady.png January 7, 1858 January 3, 1861 Republican Eliphalet Trask
25 John Albion Andrew January 3, 1861 January 4, 1866 Republican John Z. Goodrich
(1861)
John Nesmith
(1862)
Joel Hayden
(1863 - 1866)
26 Alexander H. Bullock January 4, 1866 January 7, 1869 Republican William Claflin
27 William Claflin William Claflin - Brady-Handy.jpg January 7, 1869 January 4, 1872 Republican Joseph Tucker
28 William B. Washburn January 4, 1872 April 29, 1874 Republican Joseph Tucker
(1872 - 1873)
Thomas Talbot
(1873 - 1874)
A Thomas Talbot
(Acting Governor)
April 29, 1874 January 7, 1875 Republican (vacant)
29 William Gaston January 7, 1875 January 6, 1876 Democratic Horatio G. Knight
30 Alexander H. Rice January 6, 1876 January 2, 1879 Republican
31 Thomas Talbot January 2, 1879 January 8, 1880 Republican John Davis Long
32 John Davis Long JDLong.jpg January 8, 1880 January 4, 1883 Republican Byron Weston
33 Benjamin Franklin Butler BenFrankButler.jpg January 4, 1883 January 3, 1884 Democratic Oliver Ames
34 George D. Robinson January 3, 1884 January 6, 1887 Republican
35 Oliver Ames January 6, 1887 January 7, 1890 Republican John Q. A. Brackett
36 John Q. A. Brackett January 7, 1890 January 8, 1891 Republican William H. Haile
37 William E. Russell January 8, 1891 January 4, 1894 Democratic William H. Haile
(1891 - 1893)
Roger Wolcott
(1893 - 1894)
38 Frederic T. Greenhalge January 4, 1894 March 5, 1896 Republican Roger Wolcott
39 Roger Wolcott
(Acting, 1896 - 1897)
March 5, 1896 January 4, 1900 Republican (vacant)
(1896 - 1897)
Winthrop M. Crane
(1987 - 1900)
40 Winthrop M. Crane January 4, 1900 January 8, 1903 Republican John L. Bates
41 John L. Bates January 8, 1903 January 5, 1905 Republican Curtis Guild, Jr.
42 William Lewis Douglas January 5, 1905 January 4, 1906 Democratic
43 Curtis Guild, Jr. Curtis Guild Jr.jpg January 4, 1906 January 7, 1909 Republican Ebenezer Sumner Draper
44 Ebenezer Sumner Draper January 7, 1909 January 5, 1911 Republican Louis A. Frothingham
45 Eugene Foss January 5, 1911 January 8, 1914 Democratic Louis A. Frothingham
(1911 - 1912)
Robert Luce
(1912 - 1913)
David I. Walsh
(1913 - 1914)
46 David I. Walsh January 8, 1914 January 6, 1916 Democratic Edward P. Barry
(1914 - 1915)
Grafton D. Cushing
(1915 - 1916)
47 Samuel W. McCall January 6, 1916 January 2, 1919 Republican Calvin Coolidge
48 Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge photo portrait head and shoulders.jpg January 2, 1919 January 6, 1921 Republican Channing H. Cox
49 Channing H. Cox January 6, 1921 January 8, 1925 Republican Alvan T. Fuller
50 Alvan T. Fuller January 8, 1925 January 3, 1929 Republican Frank G. Allen
51 Frank G. Allen January 3, 1929 January 8, 1931 Republican William S. Youngman
52 Joseph B. Ely January 8, 1931 January 3, 1935 Democratic William S. Youngman
(1931 - 1933)
Gaspar G. Bacon
(1933 - 1935)
53 James Michael Curley January 3, 1935 January 7, 1937 Democratic Joseph L. Hurley
54 Charles F. Hurley January 7, 1937 January 5, 1939 Democratic Francis E. Kelly
55 Leverett Saltonstall January 5, 1939 January 3, 1945 Republican Horace T. Cahill
56 Maurice J. Tobin Mjtobin.jpg January 3, 1945 January 2, 1947 Democratic Robert F. Bradford
57 Robert F. Bradford January 2, 1947 January 6, 1949 Republican Arthur W. Coolidge
58 Paul A. Dever January 6, 1949 January 8, 1953 Democratic Charles F. Sullivan
59 Christian Herter Christian Archibald Herter (politician).jpg January 8, 1953 January 3, 1957 Republican Sumner G. Whittier
60 Foster Furcolo January 3, 1957 January 5, 1961 Democratic Robert F. Murphy
(1957 - 1960)
61 John A. Volpe January 5, 1961 January 3, 1963 Republican Edward F. McLaughlin, Jr.
62 Endicott Peabody January 3, 1963 January 7, 1965 Democratic Francis X. Belotti
63 John A. Volpe January 7, 1965 January 22, 1969 Republican Elliot Richardson
(1965 - 1967)
Francis W. Sargent
(1967 - 1969)
64 Francis W. Sargent
(Acting, 1969-1971)
January 22, 1969 January 2, 1975 Republican Donald R. Dwight
65 Michael Dukakis Dukakis1988rally.jpg January 2, 1975 January 4, 1979 Democratic Thomas P. O'Neill III
66 Edward J. King January 4, 1979 January 6, 1983 Democratic
67 Michael Dukakis Dukakis1988rally.jpg January 6, 1983 January 3, 1991 Democratic John Kerry
(1983 - 1985)
(vacant)
(1985 - 1987)
Evelyn Murphy
(1987 - 1991)
68 William F. Weld January 3, 1991 July 29, 1997 Republican A. Paul Cellucci
69 A. Paul Cellucci
(Acting, 1997-1999)
Cellucci paul.jpg July 29, 1997 April 10, 2001 Republican (vacant)
(1997 - 1999)
Jane Swift
(1999 - 2001)
A Jane Swift
(Acting Governor)
April 10, 2001 January 2, 2003 Republican (vacant)
70 W. Mitt Romney January 2, 2003 January 4, 2007 Republican Kerry Healey
71 Deval Patrick Deval 2.jpg January 4, 2007 incumbent Democratic Timothy P. Murray