List of Governors of Illinois

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Governor of Illinois
Seal of Illinois.svg
Seal of Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn.jpg
Incumbent
Pat Quinn

since January 29, 2009
Residence Illinois Executive Mansion
Term length Four years, no term limits
Inaugural holder Shadrach Bond
Formation October 2, 1818
Website illinois.gov/gov/

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.[1]

Picture Governor Took office Left office Appointed by
Ninian.Edwards.png 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.png Shadrach Bond October 6, 1818 December 5, 1822 Independent   Pierre Menard 1
2   Edward.Coles.png Edward Coles December 5, 1822 December 6, 1826 Independent   Adolphus Hubbard 1
3   Ninian.Edwards.png Ninian Edwards December 6, 1826 December 6, 1830 Adams-Clay
Republican
  William Kinney 1
4 John.Reynolds.png John Reynolds December 6, 1830 November 17, 1834 Democratic Zadok Casey[b] 12[c]
William Lee D. Ewing
5 William Lee Davidson Ewing bioguide.jpg William Lee D. Ewing November 17, 1834 December 3, 1834 Democratic Vacant 12[d]
6 Governor Joseph Duncan.jpg Joseph Duncan December 3, 1834 December 7, 1838 Whig Alexander Jenkins[e] 1
William H. Davidson[f]
7 Governor Thomas Carlin.jpg Thomas Carlin December 7, 1838 December 8, 1842 Democratic Stinson Anderson 1
8 Governor Thomas Ford.jpg Thomas Ford December 8, 1842 December 9, 1846 Democratic John Moore 1
9 Augustus.C.French.jpg Augustus C. French December 9, 1846 January 10, 1853 Democratic Joseph Wells 2[g]
William McMurtry
10 Joel.A.Matteson.png Joel Aldrich Matteson January 10, 1853 January 12, 1857 Democratic Gustavus Koerner 1
11 William.H.Bissel.jpg William Henry Bissell January 12, 1857 March 18, 1860 Republican John Wood 12[h]
12 John.Wood.png John Wood March 18, 1860 January 14, 1861 Republican Thomas Marshall[f] 12[i]
13 Richard.Yates.1.jpg Richard Yates January 14, 1861 January 16, 1865 Republican Francis Hoffmann 1
14[j] Richard James Oglesby.jpg Richard J. Oglesby January 16, 1865 January 11, 1869 Republican William Bross 1
15 John.M.Palmer.jpg John M. Palmer January 11, 1869 January 13, 1873 Republican John Dougherty 1
14 Richard James Oglesby.jpg Richard J. Oglesby January 13, 1873 January 23, 1873 Republican John Lourie Beveridge 12[k]
16 John.L.Beveridge.1.jpg John Lourie Beveridge January 23, 1873 January 8, 1877 Republican John Early 12[i]
Archibald Glenn[f]
17 Shelby Moore Cullom - Brady-Handy.jpg Shelby Moore Cullom January 8, 1877 February 16, 1883 Republican Andrew Shuman 1+12[l][2]
John Marshall Hamilton
18 John.Marshall.Hamilton.jpg John Marshall Hamilton February 16, 1883 January 30, 1885 Republican William Campbell 12[i]
14 Richard James Oglesby.jpg Richard J. Oglesby January 30, 1885 January 14, 1889 Republican John Smith 1
19 Joseph.W.Fifer.jpg Joseph W. Fifer January 14, 1889 January 10, 1893 Republican Lyman Ray 1
20 John Peter Altgeld.jpg John Peter Altgeld January 10, 1893 January 11, 1897 Democratic Joseph B. Gill 1
21 John.R.Tanner.jpg John R. Tanner January 11, 1897 January 14, 1901 Republican William Northcott 1
22 Richard.Yates.(son).jpg Richard Yates, Jr. January 14, 1901 January 9, 1905 Republican William Northcott 1
23 Charles.S.Deneen.jpg Charles S. Deneen January 9, 1905 February 3, 1913[source?] Republican Lawrence Sherman 2
John G. Oglesby
24 EFDunne.jpg Edward F. Dunne February 3, 1913 January 8, 1917 Democratic Barratt O'Hara 1
25 Frank O Lowden portrait.jpg Frank O. Lowden January 8, 1917 January 10, 1921 Republican John G. Oglesby 1
26 Lensmall.jpg Len Small January 10, 1921 January 14, 1929 Republican Fred Sterling 2
27 Louis Lincoln Emmerson.jpg Louis L. Emmerson January 14, 1929 January 9, 1933 Republican Fred Sterling 1
28 Henry Horner.jpg Henry Horner January 9, 1933 October 6, 1940 Democratic Thomas Donovan 1+12[h]
John Henry Stelle
29 John H. Stelle October 6, 1940 January 13, 1941 Democratic Vacant 12[i]
30 Dwight H. Green cph.3b30070.jpg Dwight H. Green January 13, 1941 January 10, 1949 Republican Hugh W. Cross 2
31 AdlaiEStevenson1900-1965.jpg 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 NYWTS.jpg Otto Kerner, Jr. January 9, 1961 May 21, 1968 Democratic Samuel H. Shapiro 1+12[m]
34 Sam Shapiro.png Samuel H. Shapiro May 21, 1968 January 13, 1969 Democratic Vacant 12[i]
35 Richard B. Ogilvie.jpg Richard Buell Ogilvie January 13, 1969 January 8, 1973 Republican Paul Simon[f] 1
36 ILLINOIS GOVERNOR DAN WALKER GREETS CHICAGO CONSTITUENTS DURING THE BUD BILLIKEN DAY PARADE, ONE OF THE LARGEST... - NARA - 556272.jpg Daniel Walker January 8, 1973 January 10, 1977 Democratic Neil Hartigan 1
37 Bio thompson.jpg James R. Thompson January 10, 1977 January 14, 1991 Republican Dave O'Neal 4[n]
George H. Ryan
38 JimEdgar2013.png Jim Edgar January 14, 1991 January 11, 1999 Republican Bob Kustra 2
39 2007 Governor George Ryan crop4.JPG George H. Ryan January 11, 1999 January 13, 2003 Republican Corinne Wood 1
40 Blagojevich greeting students at Ill State U. in 2006.jpg Rod Blagojevich January 13, 2003 January 29, 2009 Democratic Pat Quinn 1+12[o]
41 Governor Pat Quinn.jpg Pat Quinn January 29, 2009 Incumbent Democratic Sheila Simon 1 12[p][q]
42 Bruce Rauner August 2014.jpg Bruce Rauner January 12, 2015 Governor-elect Republican Evelyn Sanguinetti 1[r]

Living former governors[change | change source]

As of March 2011, five 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 (1922-08-06) (age 92)
James R. Thompson 1977–1991 May 8, 1936 (1936-05-08) (age 78)
Jim Edgar 1991–1999 July 22, 1946 (1946-07-22) (age 68)
George Ryan 1999–2003 February 24, 1934 (1934-02-24) (age 80)
Rod Blagojevich 2003–2009 December 10, 1956 (1956-12-10) (age 58)

References[change | change source]

  1. Robert P. Howard (1988), Mostly Good and Competent Men: Illinois Governors, 1818–1988, Illinois Issues and the Illinois State Historical Society, 39–40.
  2. Resigned when? NGA says 5th or 16th[source?]
  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. Resigned.[source?]
  3. Resigned to take elected seat in the United States House of Representatives.
  4. As acting lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  5. Resigned.[source?]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Represented the Democratic Party.
  7. 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.[1]
  8. 8.0 8.1 Died in office.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 As lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  10. based on Rod R. Blagojevich, 40th governor and Jim Edgar is the 38th, Oglesby was the 14th governor all three occasions.
  11. Resigned so that Lieutenant Governor Beveridge would appoint him to the United States Senate.
  12. Resigned to take elected seat in the United States Senate.
  13. Resigned to take seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  14. James Thompson's first term was only 2 years because a constitutional amendment had passed moving gubernatorial elections to coincide with Congressional midterms
  15. Impeached and removed from office on charges of corruption.
  16. As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term and was subsequently elected in his own right.
  17. Governor Quinn's first full term expires on January 12, 2015; he is not term limited.
  18. Bruce Rauner was elected to office on November 4, 2014, and will take office on January 12, 2015.