List of governors of Wisconsin
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|Governor of Wisconsin|
|Residence||Wisconsin Governor's Mansion|
|Term length||Four years, no term limits|
|Inaugural holder||Nelson Dewey|
|Formation||June 7, 1848|
|Deputy||Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin|
List[change | change source]
|#||Governor||Took office||Left office||Party||Lt. Governor[note 1]||Term(s)|
|1||Nelson Dewey||June 7, 1848||January 5, 1852||Democratic||John E. Holmes||2|
|Samuel W. Beall|
|2||Leonard J. Farwell||January 5, 1852||January 2, 1854||Whig||Timothy Burns
|3||William A. Barstow||January 2, 1854||March 21, 1856||Democratic||James T. Lewis||1 1⁄3|
|Arthur MacArthur Sr.|
|4||Arthur MacArthur Sr.||March 21, 1856||March 25, 1856||Democratic||vacant||1⁄3|
|5||Coles Bashford||March 25, 1856||January 4, 1858||Republican||Arthur MacArthur Sr.||1⁄3|
|6||Alexander W. Randall||January 4, 1858||January 6, 1862||Republican||Erasmus D. Campbell||2|
|Butler G. Noble|
|7||Louis P. Harvey||January 6, 1862||April 19, 1862||Republican||Edward Salomon||1⁄2|
|8||Edward Salomon||April 19, 1862||January 4, 1864||Republican||vacant||1⁄2|
|9||James T. Lewis||January 4, 1864||January 1, 1866||Republican||Wyman Spooner||1|
|10||Lucius Fairchild||January 1, 1866||January 1, 1872||Republican||Wyman Spooner||3|
|Thaddeus C. Pound|
|11||Cadwallader C. Washburn||January 1, 1872||January 5, 1874||Republican||Milton H. Pettit
|12||William Robert Taylor||January 5, 1874||January 3, 1876||Democratic||Charles D. Parker||1|
|13||Harrison Ludington||January 3, 1876||January 7, 1878||Republican||Charles D. Parker||1|
|14||William E. Smith||January 7, 1878||January 2, 1882||Republican||James M. Bingham||2|
|15||Jeremiah McLain Rusk||January 2, 1882||January 7, 1889||Republican||Sam S. Fifield||3|
|George W. Ryland|
|16||William D. Hoard||January 7, 1889||January 5, 1891||Republican||George W. Ryland||1|
|17||George W. Peck||January 5, 1891||January 7, 1895||Democratic||Charles Jonas||2|
|18||William H. Upham||January 7, 1895||January 4, 1897||Republican||Emil Baensch||1|
|19||Edward Scofield||January 4, 1897||January 7, 1901||Republican||Emil Baensch||2|
|20||Robert M. La Follette, Sr.||January 7, 1901||January 1, 1906||Republican||Jesse Stone
|James O. Davidson|
|21||James O. Davidson||January 1, 1906||January 2, 1911||Republican||vacant||2 1⁄2|
|William D. Connor|
|22||Francis E. McGovern||January 2, 1911||January 4, 1915||Republican||Thomas Morris||2|
|23||Emanuel L. Philipp||January 4, 1915||January 3, 1921||Republican||Edward F. Dithmar||3|
|24||John J. Blaine||January 3, 1921||January 3, 1927||Republican||George F. Comings||3|
|Henry A. Huber|
|25||Fred R. Zimmerman||January 3, 1927||January 7, 1929||Republican||Henry A. Huber||1|
|26||Walter J. Kohler Sr.||January 7, 1929||January 5, 1931||Republican||Henry A. Huber||1|
|27||Philip La Follette||January 5, 1931||January 2, 1933||Republican||Henry A. Huber||1|
|28||Albert G. Schmedeman||January 2, 1933||January 7, 1935||Democratic||Thomas J. O'Malley||1|
|29||Philip La Follette||January 7, 1935||January 2, 1939||Wisconsin
|Thomas J. O'Malley
|Henry A. Gunderson|
|Herman L. Ekern|
|30||Julius P. Heil||January 2, 1939||January 4, 1943||Republican||Walter S. Goodland||2|
|—||Orland S. Loomis||did not take office||Wisconsin
|Walter S. Goodland||—|
|31||Walter S. Goodland||January 4, 1943||March 12, 1947||Republican||vacant||2 1⁄2|
|32||Oscar Rennebohm||March 12, 1947||January 1, 1951||Republican||vacant||1 1⁄2|
|George M. Smith|
|33||Walter J. Kohler Jr.||January 1, 1951||January 7, 1957||Republican||George M. Smith||3|
|Warren P. Knowles|
|34||Vernon W. Thomson||January 7, 1957||January 5, 1959||Republican||Warren P. Knowles||1|
|35||Gaylord Nelson||January 5, 1959||January 7, 1963||Democratic||Philleo Nash||2|
|Warren P. Knowles|
|36||John W. Reynolds Jr.||January 7, 1963||January 4, 1965||Democratic||Jack B. Olson||1|
|37||Warren P. Knowles||January 4, 1965||January 4, 1971||Republican||Patrick J. Lucey||3|
|Jack B. Olson|
|38||Patrick J. Lucey||January 4, 1971||July 6, 1977||Democratic||Martin J. Schreiber||1 1⁄2|
|39||Martin J. Schreiber||July 6, 1977||January 3, 1979||Democratic||vacant||1⁄2|
|40||Lee S. Dreyfus||January 3, 1979
|January 3, 1983||Republican||Russell A. Olson||1|
|41||Anthony S. Earl||January 3, 1983||January 5, 1987||Democratic||James T. Flynn||1|
|42||Tommy Thompson||January 5, 1987||February 1, 2001||Republican||Scott McCallum||3 1⁄2|
|43||Scott McCallum||February 1, 2001||January 6, 2003||Republican||Margaret A. Farrow||1⁄2|
|44||Jim Doyle||January 6, 2003||January 3, 2011||Democratic||Barbara Lawton||2|
|45||Scott Walker||January 3, 2011||January 7, 2019||Republican||Rebecca Kleefisch||2|
|46||Tony Evers||January 7, 2019||Incumbent||Democratic||Mandela Barnes||1|
Notes[change | change source]
- Vacancies in the office of the lieutenant governor are only listed if they lasted for the entire term. For a full list of vacancies, see List of lieutenant governors of Wisconsin.
- 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.
- Died in office.
- Initially, Barstow was declared the winner of the 1855 election, but soon resigned amid claims that he had won through fraudulent means. MacArthur, as lieutenant governor, acted as governor for five days, until the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared Barstow's opponent, Bashford, the legitimate governor. Bashford completed the term, with MacArthur continuing to serve as lieutenant governor.
- As lieutenant governor, succeeded to the governorship, and served the rest of the unexpired term.
- During Rusk's first term, the Wisconsin Constitution was amended to say that all elections of state and county officers would henceforth take place in even-numbered years. By the provisions of the amendment, the terms of all officials who would have left office in 1884, including Rusk, were extended by one year.
- Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
- As lieutenant governor, served as governor for remainder of unexpired term.
- Resigned to take an appointment to the state tax commission.
- Loomis was elected in the 1942 election, but died before taking office. Per a ruling of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Goodland, who had been re-elected lieutenant governor in the same election, served as governor for the entire term.
- As per a 1967 amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution, Lucey's first term was the first gubernatorial term to last 4 years
- Resigned to become Ambassador to Mexico
- Contemporary newspaper sources indicate that Dreyfus was sworn in on January 3; the Wisconsin Blue Book, however, states that he was sworn in on January 1.
- Resigned to become United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Evers' first term expires in January 2023.
References[change | change source]
- "Database: Wisconsin state employee salaries | Politics and Elections". Wisconsin State Journal. May 13, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
- Wisconsin Constitution article V, § 1
- Wisconsin Constitution article V, § 4
- "Wisconsin Constitutional Officers; Lieutenant Governors". State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2005–2006 (PDF). p. 725. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2007. Retrieved October 9, 2007.
- McCann, Dennis (December 10, 1998). "3 governors held office within weeks. Corruption charges helped spark power struggle, office turnover in 1856". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- "Inaugural Caps Dreyfus Miracle". Ironwood Daily Globe. Ironwood, Michigan. January 4, 1979. p. 3.
- "Wisconsin Governors since 1848". State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2005–2006 (PDF). p. 724. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2007. Retrieved October 5, 2007.