List of Governors of Ohio

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Governor of Ohio
Standard of the Governor of Ohio.svg
Governor John Kasich.jpg
Incumbent
John Kasich

since January 10, 2011
Style The Honorable
Residence Ohio Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, two consecutive with four-year pause thereafter
Inaugural holder Edward Tiffin
Formation March 3, 1803
Deputy Lieutenant Governor
Salary $148,886 (2013)[1]
Website governor.ohio.gov

The Governor of the state of Ohio is the head of the executive branch of Ohio's state government[2] and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[3] The governor has a duty to enforce state laws; the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Ohio Legislature;[4] the power to convene the legislature;[5] and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.[6]

List of governors[change | change source]

# Picture Governor Assumed office Left office Party Lt. Governor
[note 1]
Terms
[note 2]
1 Portrait of Senator Edward Tiffin of Ohio.jpg   Edward Tiffin
(1766–1829)
March 3, 1803 March 4, 1807 Democratic-
Republican
None 1+12
[note 3]
2 Thomas Kirker.png   Thomas Kirker
(1760–1837)
March 4, 1807 December 12, 1808 Democratic-
Republican
12
[note 4]
3 Samuel H. Huntington 002.png   Samuel H. Huntington
(1765–1817)
December 12, 1808 December 8, 1810 Democratic-
Republican
1
[note 5]
4 Return J. Meigs, Jr.jpg   Return J. Meigs, Jr.
(1764–1825)
December 8, 1810 March 24, 1814 Democratic-
Republican
1+12
[note 6]
5 Othniel Looker 002.png   Othniel Looker
(1757–1845)
March 24, 1814 December 8, 1814 Democratic-
Republican
12
[note 4]
6 Thomas Worthington (governor) 002.png   Thomas Worthington
(1773–1827)
December 8, 1814 December 14, 1818 Democratic-
Republican
2
7 Ethan Brown.jpg   Ethan Allen Brown
(1776–1852)
December 14, 1818 January 4, 1822 Democratic-
Republican
1+12
[note 3]
8 Allen Trimble 002.png   Allen Trimble
(1783–1870)
January 4, 1822 December 28, 1822 Democratic-
Republican
12
[note 4]
9 Jeremiah Morrow.jpg   Jeremiah Morrow
(1771–1852)
December 28, 1822 December 19, 1826 Democratic-
Republican
2
10 Allen Trimble.png   Allen Trimble
(1783–1870)
December 19, 1826 December 18, 1830 National
Republican
2
11 Duncan McArthur 002.png   Duncan McArthur
(1772–1839)
December 18, 1830 December 7, 1832 National
Republican
1
12 Robert lucas.jpg   Robert Lucas
(1781–1853)
December 7, 1832 December 12, 1836 Democratic 2
13 Joseph Vance.jpg   Joseph Vance
(1786–1852)
December 12, 1836 December 13, 1838 Whig 1
14 WShannon.jpg   Wilson Shannon
(1802–1877)
December 13, 1838 December 16, 1840 Democratic 1
15 Thomas Corwin.png   Thomas Corwin
(1794–1865)
December 16, 1840 December 14, 1842 Whig 1
16 Wilson Shannon (History of Ohio).png   Wilson Shannon
(1802–1877)
December 14, 1842 April 15, 1844 Democratic 12
[note 7]
17 Thomas W. Bartley.png   Thomas W. Bartley
(1812–1885)
April 15, 1844 December 3, 1844 Democratic 12
[note 4]
18 Mordecai Bartley 002.png   Mordecai Bartley
(1783–1870)
December 3, 1844 December 12, 1846 Whig 1
19 William Bebb.png   William Bebb
(1802–1873)
December 12, 1846 January 22, 1849 Whig 1
[note 8]
20 Seabury Ford 002.png   Seabury Ford
(1801–1855)
January 22, 1849 December 12, 1850 Whig 1
[note 8]
21 Reuben Wood 002.png   Reuben Wood
(1792–1864)
December 12, 1850 July 13, 1853 Democratic None 1+12
[note 9]
[note 10]
  William Medill
22 William Medill 002.png   William Medill
(1802–1865)
July 13, 1853 January 14, 1856 Democratic vacant 1+12
[note 11]
  James Myers
23 Salmon-chase.jpg   Salmon P. Chase
(1808–1873)
January 14, 1856 January 9, 1860 Republican   Thomas H. Ford 2
  Martin Welker
24 William Dennison, Jr.jpg   William Dennison
(1815–1882)
January 9, 1860 January 13, 1862 Republican   Robert C. Kirk 1
25 Governor David Tod.jpg   David Tod
(1805–1868)
January 13, 1862 January 11, 1864 Republican   Benjamin Stanton 1
26 JohnBrough.jpg   John Brough
(1811–1865)
January 11, 1864 August 29, 1865 Unionist   Charles Anderson 12
[note 12]
27 CharlesAnderson1814.jpg   Charles Anderson
(1814–1895)
August 29, 1865 January 8, 1866 Republican vacant 12
[note 13]
28 Jacob Dolson Cox.png   Jacob Dolson Cox
(1828–1900)
January 8, 1866 January 13, 1868 Republican   Andrew McBurney 1
29 Rutherford B Hayes - head and shoulders.jpg   Rutherford B. Hayes
(1822–1893)
January 13, 1868 January 8, 1872 Republican   John C. Lee 2
30 Edward Follansbee Noyes by Henry Howe.png   Edward F. Noyes
(1832–1890)
January 8, 1872 January 12, 1874 Republican   Jacob Mueller 1
31 WilliamAllen.jpg   William Allen
(1803–1879)
January 12, 1874 January 10, 1876 Democratic   Alphonso Hart 1
32 Appleton's Hayes Rutherford.jpg   Rutherford B. Hayes
(1822–1893)
January 10, 1876 March 2, 1877 Republican   Thomas L. Young 12
[note 14]
33 TLYoung.jpg   Thomas L. Young
(1832–1888)
March 2, 1877 January 14, 1878 Republican   H. W. Curtiss (acting) 12
[note 13]
34 Richard M. Bishop - Brady-Handy.jpg   Richard M. Bishop
(1812–1893)
January 14, 1878 January 12, 1880 Democratic   Jabez W. Fitch 1
35 Charles Foster, Brady-Handy photo portrait, ca1865-1880.jpg   Charles Foster
(1828–1904)
January 12, 1880 January 14, 1884 Republican   Andrew Hickenlooper 2
  Rees G. Richards
36 George Hoadly from goss 1912.png   George Hoadly
(1826–1902)
January 14, 1884 January 11, 1886 Democratic   John George Warwick 1
37 Joseph Benson Foraker.jpg   Joseph B. Foraker
(1846–1917)
January 11, 1886 January 13, 1890 Republican   Robert P. Kennedy 2
  Silas A. Conrad
  William C. Lyon
38 James E. Campbell 002.png   James E. Campbell
(1843–1924)
January 13, 1890 January 11, 1892 Democratic   Elbert L. Lampson 1
  William V. Marquis
39 William mckinley.jpg   William McKinley
(1843–1901)
January 11, 1892 January 13, 1896 Republican   Andrew L. Harris 2
40 Asa S. Bushnell (Governor) 1896.jpg   Asa S. Bushnell
(1834–1904)
January 13, 1896 January 8, 1900 Republican   Asa W. Jones 2
41 George K Nash with signature.png   George K. Nash
(1842–1904)
January 8, 1900 January 11, 1904 Republican   John A. Caldwell 2
  Carl L. Nippert
  Harry L. Gordon
42 MTHerrick.jpg   Myron T. Herrick
(1854–1929)
January 11, 1904 January 8, 1906 Republican   Warren G. Harding 1
43 John M. Pattison 002.png   John M. Pattison
(1847–1906)
January 8, 1906 June 18, 1906 Democratic   Andrew L. Harris 12
[note 12]
[note 15]
44 Andrew Lintner Harris - oval.jpg   Andrew L. Harris
(1835–1915)
June 18, 1906 January 11, 1909 Republican vacant 12
[note 13]
[note 15]
45 JudsonHarmonLOC.jpg   Judson Harmon
(1846–1927)
January 11, 1909 January 13, 1913 Democratic   Francis W. Treadway 2
  Atlee Pomerene
  Hugh L. Nichols
46 Collier's 1921 Cox James M.png   James M. Cox
(1870–1957)
January 13, 1913 January 11, 1915 Democratic   W. A. Greenlund 1
47 Frank Bartlett Willis.jpg   Frank B. Willis
(1871–1928)
January 11, 1915 January 8, 1917 Republican   John H. Arnold 1
48 James M. Cox 1913.png   James M. Cox
(1870–1957)
January 8, 1917 January 10, 1921 Democratic   Earl D. Bloom 2
  Clarence J. Brown
49 HarryLDavis.jpg   Harry L. Davis
(1878–1950)
January 10, 1921 January 8, 1923 Republican   Clarence J. Brown 1
50 Alvin Victor Donahey.jpg   A. Victor Donahey
(1873–1946)
January 8, 1923 January 14, 1929 Democratic   Earl D. Bloom 3
  Charles H. Lewis
  Earl D. Bloom
  William G. Pickrel
  George C. Braden
51 Myers Y. Cooper.png   Myers Y. Cooper
(1873–1958)
January 14, 1929 January 12, 1931 Republican   John T. Brown 1
52 George White (Ohio).png   George White
(1872–1953)
January 12, 1931 January 14, 1935 Democratic   William G. Pickrel 2
  Charles W. Sawyer
53 MartinDavey.jpg   Martin L. Davey
(1884–1946)
January 14, 1935 January 9, 1939 Democratic   Harold G. Mosier 2
  Paul P. Yoder
54 John William Bricker (Gov., Sen. OH).jpg   John W. Bricker
(1893–1986)
January 9, 1939 January 8, 1945 Republican   Paul M. Herbert 3
55 L000122.jpg   Frank J. Lausche
(1895–1990)
January 8, 1945 January 13, 1947 Democratic   George D. Nye 1
56 Thomas J. Herbert (1921).png   Thomas J. Herbert
(1894–1974)
January 13, 1947 January 10, 1949 Republican   Paul M. Herbert 1
57 L000122.jpg   Frank J. Lausche
(1895–1990)
January 10, 1949 January 3, 1957 Democratic   George D. Nye 3+12
[note 3]
  John William Brown
58   John William Brown
(1913–1993)
January 3, 1957 January 14, 1957 Republican vacant 12
[note 13]
59   C. William O'Neill
(1916–1978)
January 14, 1957 January 12, 1959 Republican   Paul M. Herbert 1
60 Michael Disalle at 54th birthday -crop.jpg   Michael DiSalle
(1908–1981)
January 12, 1959 January 14, 1963 Democratic   John W. Donahey 1
61 Jim Rhodes in Bettsville, Ohio October 15, 1981.jpg   Jim Rhodes
(1909–2001)
January 14, 1963 January 11, 1971 Republican   John William Brown 2
[note 16]
62 John J. Gilligan crop.tif   John J. Gilligan
(1921–2013)
January 11, 1971 January 13, 1975 Democratic   John William Brown 1
63 Jim Rhodes in Bettsville, Ohio October 15, 1981.jpg   Jim Rhodes
(1909–2001)
January 13, 1975 January 10, 1983 Republican   Dick Celeste 2
[note 16]
  George Voinovich
vacant
64 Richard Celeste 2008.jpg   Dick Celeste
(born 1937)
January 10, 1983 January 14, 1991 Democratic   Myrl Shoemaker 2
vacant
  Paul Leonard
65 George Voinovich official portrait.jpg   George Voinovich
(born 1936)
January 14, 1991 December 31, 1998 Republican   Mike DeWine 1+12
[note 3]
vacant
  Nancy Hollister
66   Nancy Hollister
(born 1949)
December 31, 1998 January 11, 1999 Republican vacant 12
[note 13]
67 Hyland software thirdfrontiersummit 2002 Taft Hyland close cropped.jpg   Bob Taft
(born 1942)
January 11, 1999 January 8, 2007 Republican   Maureen O'Connor 2
  Jennette Bradley
  Bruce Edward Johnson
vacant
68 Ted Strickland.jpg   Ted Strickland
(born 1941)
January 8, 2007 January 10, 2011 Democratic   Lee Fisher 1
69 Governor John Kasich.jpg   John Kasich
(born 1952)
January 10, 2011 Incumbent Republican   Mary Taylor 2
[note 17]

References[change | change source]

  1. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  2. Ohio Constitution article III, § 5
  3. Ohio Constitution article III, § 10
  4. Ohio Constitution article II, § 16
  5. Ohio Constitution article III, § 8
  6. Ohio Constitution article III § 11
  7. "Andrew L. Harris". Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved June 30, 2008. 

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The office of lieutenant governor was not created until the 1851 Constitution, first being filled in 1852.
  2. 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 As speaker of the senate, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  5. The 1808 election was actually won by Return J. Meigs, Jr., but he was declared ineligible for office for failing the residency requirements.
  6. Resigned to be U.S. Postmaster General.
  7. Resigned to be Minister to Mexico.
  8. 8.0 8.1 William Bebb's term officially ended in December 1848. However, due to the large number of close elections that year, the general assembly was delayed in qualifying governor-elect Seabury Ford, and William Bebb remained in office for an extra few weeks.
  9. Wood's first term was truncated to one year, due to the 1851 constitution moving elections one year back to odd-numbered years.
  10. Resigned to be consul in Valparaíso, Chile.
  11. As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, with no lieutenant, and was subsequently elected in his own right.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Died in office.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  14. Resigned to be President of the United States.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A 1905 amendment to the state constitution shifted elections forward one year, to take place on even years; thus, Pattison's term (completed by Lt. Governor Harris) was extended to three years.[7]
  16. 16.0 16.1 Was prevented from running for a third term due to a limit on consecutive terms; ran successfully for a third term against the governor who followed his first terms, John Gilligan.
  17. Governor Kasich's second term expires on January 14, 2019. He is term limited.