List of Governors of Illinois
|Governor of Illinois|
Seal of Illinois
|Residence||Illinois Executive Mansion|
|Term length||Four years, no term limits|
|Inaugural holder||Shadrach Bond|
|Formation||October 2, 1818|
This is a list of the governors of Illinois. Illinois is a state in America. Illinois became a state in 1818.
It had only one governor appointed by the President of the United States before it became a state. From March to June, 1809, Territorial Secretary Nathaniel Pope was the acting governor. Edwards' arrival in Illinois ended Pope's brief administration.
|Picture||Governor||Took office||Left office||Appointed by|
|Ninian Edwards||March 1, 1809||October 6, 1818||James Madison|
The table below shows who the state governors have been.
List[change | change source]
|#||Picture||Governor||Took office||Left office||Party||Lt. Governor||Terms[a]|
|1||Shadrach Bond||October 6, 1818||December 5, 1822||Independent||Pierre Menard||1|
|2||Edward Coles||December 5, 1822||December 6, 1826||Independent||Adolphus Hubbard||1|
|3||Ninian Edwards||December 6, 1826||December 6, 1830||Adams-Clay
|4||John Reynolds||December 6, 1830||November 17, 1834||Democratic||Zadok Casey[b]||1⁄2[c]|
|William Lee D. Ewing|
|5||William Lee D. Ewing||November 17, 1834||December 3, 1834||Democratic||Vacant||1⁄2[d]|
|6||Joseph Duncan||December 3, 1834||December 7, 1838||Whig||Alexander Jenkins[e]||1|
|William H. Davidson[f]|
|7||Thomas Carlin||December 7, 1838||December 8, 1842||Democratic||Stinson Anderson||1|
|8||Thomas Ford||December 8, 1842||December 9, 1846||Democratic||John Moore||1|
|9||Augustus C. French||December 9, 1846||January 10, 1853||Democratic||Joseph Wells||2[g]|
|10||Joel Aldrich Matteson||January 10, 1853||January 12, 1857||Democratic||Gustavus Koerner||1|
|11||William Henry Bissell||January 12, 1857||March 18, 1860||Republican||John Wood||1⁄2[h]|
|12||John Wood||March 18, 1860||January 14, 1861||Republican||Thomas Marshall[f]||1⁄2[i]|
|13||Richard Yates||January 14, 1861||January 16, 1865||Republican||Francis Hoffmann||1|
|14[j]||Richard J. Oglesby||January 16, 1865||January 11, 1869||Republican||William Bross||1|
|15||John M. Palmer||January 11, 1869||January 13, 1873||Republican||John Dougherty||1|
|14||Richard J. Oglesby||January 13, 1873||January 23, 1873||Republican||John Lourie Beveridge||1⁄2[k]|
|16||John Lourie Beveridge||January 23, 1873||January 8, 1877||Republican||John Early||1⁄2[i]|
|17||Shelby Moore Cullom||January 8, 1877||February 16, 1883||Republican||Andrew Shuman||1[l]1⁄2|
|John Marshall Hamilton|
|18||John Marshall Hamilton||February 16, 1883||January 30, 1885||Republican||William Campbell||1⁄2[i]|
|14||Richard J. Oglesby||January 30, 1885||January 14, 1889||Republican||John Smith||1|
|19||Joseph W. Fifer||January 14, 1889||January 10, 1893||Republican||Lyman Ray||1|
|20||John Peter Altgeld||January 10, 1893||January 11, 1897||Democratic||Joseph B. Gill||1|
|21||John R. Tanner||January 11, 1897||January 14, 1901||Republican||William Northcott||1|
|22||Richard Yates, Jr.||January 14, 1901||January 9, 1905||Republican||William Northcott||1|
|23||Charles S. Deneen||January 9, 1905||February 3, 1913[source?]||Republican||Lawrence Sherman||2|
|John G. Oglesby|
|24||Edward F. Dunne||February 3, 1913||January 8, 1917||Democratic||Barratt O'Hara||1|
|25||Frank O. Lowden||January 8, 1917||January 10, 1921||Republican||John G. Oglesby||1|
|26||Len Small||January 10, 1921||January 14, 1929||Republican||Fred Sterling||2|
|27||Louis L. Emmerson||January 14, 1929||January 9, 1933||Republican||Fred Sterling||1|
|28||Henry Horner||January 9, 1933||October 6, 1940||Democratic||Thomas Donovan||1[h]1⁄2|
|John Henry Stelle|
|29||John H. Stelle||October 6, 1940||January 13, 1941||Democratic||Vacant||1⁄2[i]|
|30||Dwight H. Green||January 13, 1941||January 10, 1949||Republican||Hugh W. Cross||2|
|31||Adlai Stevenson II||January 10, 1949||January 12, 1953||Democratic||Sherwood Dixon||1|
|32||William G. Stratton||January 12, 1953||January 9, 1961||Republican||John William Chapman||2|
|33||Otto Kerner, Jr.||January 9, 1961||May 21, 1968||Democratic||Samuel H. Shapiro||1[m]1⁄2|
|34||Samuel H. Shapiro||May 21, 1968||January 13, 1969||Democratic||Vacant||1⁄2[i]|
|35||Richard Buell Ogilvie||January 13, 1969||January 8, 1973||Republican||Paul Simon[f]||1|
|36||Daniel Walker||January 8, 1973||January 10, 1977||Democratic||Neil Hartigan||1|
|37||James R. Thompson||January 10, 1977||January 14, 1991||Republican||Dave O'Neal||4[n]|
|George H. Ryan|
|38||Jim Edgar||January 14, 1991||January 11, 1999||Republican||Bob Kustra||2|
|39||George H. Ryan||January 11, 1999||January 13, 2003||Republican||Corinne Wood||1|
|40||Rod Blagojevich||January 13, 2003||January 29, 2009||Democratic||Pat Quinn||1[o]1⁄2|
|41||Pat Quinn||January 29, 2009||January 12, 2015||Democratic||Sheila Simon||1 1⁄2[p]|
|42||Bruce Rauner||January 12, 2015||Incumbent||Republican||Evelyn Sanguinetti||1[q]|
Living former governors[change | change source]
As of January 2015[update], six former governors were alive. The most recent death of a former governor was that of William Stratton (1953–1961), who died on March 2, 2001. The most recently serving governor to die was Richard Buell Ogilvie, who left office on January 8 of 1973 and died on May 10 of 1988 at the age of 65.
|Governor||Term||Date of birth|
|Daniel Walker||1973–1977||August 6, 1922|
|James R. Thompson||1977–1991||May 8, 1936|
|Jim Edgar||1991–1999||July 22, 1946|
|George Ryan||1999–2003||February 24, 1934|
|Rod Blagojevich||2003–2009||December 10, 1956|
|Pat Quinn||2009–2015||December 16, 1948|
References[change | change source]
- Robert P. Howard (1988), Mostly Good and Competent Men: Illinois Governors, 1818–1988, Illinois Issues and the Illinois State Historical Society, 39–40.
- Resigned when? NGA says 5th or 16th[source?]
- 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.
- Resigned to take elected seat in the United States House of Representatives.
- As acting lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term.
- Represented the Democratic Party.
- French was the first governor elected under the provisions of the 1848 constitution, which shifted the election year, shortening his first term to two years. The constitutional convention called for new elections, and despite falling under the term limit he was allowed to run.
- Died in office.
- As lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term.
- based on Rod R. Blagojevich, 40th governor and Jim Edgar is the 38th, Oglesby was the 14th governor all three occasions.
- Resigned so that Lieutenant Governor Beveridge would appoint him to the United States Senate.
- Resigned to take elected seat in the United States Senate.
- Resigned to take seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
- James Thompson's first term was only 2 years because a constitutional amendment had passed moving gubernatorial elections to coincide with Congressional midterms
- Impeached and removed from office on charges of corruption.
- As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term and was subsequently elected in his own right.
- Governor Rauner's first full term expires on January 14, 2019; he is not term limited.