GOVERNORS OF MICHIGAN
Territory of Michigan
William Hull 1805-1813
Lewis Cass 1813-1831
George B. Porter 1831-1834
Henry D. Gilpin (1) --
Stevens T. Mason (2) 1834-1835
State of Michigan
Stevens T. Mason, Democrat 1835-1839
William Woodbridge, Whig (3) 1840-1841
James Wright Gordon, Whig (4) 1841
John S. Barry, Democrat 1842-1845
Alpheus Felch, Democrat (5) 1846-1847
William L. Greenly, Democrat (6) 1847
Epaphroditus Ransom, Democrat 1848-1849
John S. Barry, Democrat 1850 (7)
Robert McClelland, Democrat (8) 1851-1853
Andrew Parsons, Democrat (9) 1853-1854
Kinsley S. Bingham, Republican 1855-1858
Moses Wisner, Republican 1859-1860
Austin Blair, Republican 1861-1864
Henry H. Crapo, Republican 1865-1868
Henry P. Baldwin, Republican 1869-1872
John J. Bagley, Republican 1873-1876
Charles M. Croswell, Republican 1877-1880
David H. Jerome, Republican 1881-1882
Josiah W. Begole, Fusion 1883-1884
Russell A. Alger, Republican 1885-1886
Cyrus G. Luce, Republican 1887-1890
Edwin B. Winans, Democrat 1891-1892
John T. Rich, Republican 1893-1896
Hazen S. Pingree, Republican 1897-1900
Aaron T. Bliss, Republican 1901-1904
Fred M. Warner, Republican 1905-1910
Chase S. Osborn, Republican 1911-1912
Woodbridge N. Ferris, Democrat 1913-1916
Albert E. Sleeper, Republican 1917-1920
Alex J. Groesbeck, Republican 1921-1926
Fred W. Green, Republican 1927-1930
Wilber M. Brucker, Republican 1931-1932
William A. Comstock, Democrat 1933-1934
Frank D. Fitzgerald, Republican 1935-1936
Frank Murphy, Democrat 1937-1938
Frank D. Fitzgerald, Republican (10) 1939
Luren D. Dickinson, Republican (11) 1939-1940
Murray D. Van Wagoner, Democrat 1941-1942
Harry F. Kelly, Republican 1943-1946
Kim Sigler, Republican 1947-1948
G. Mennen Williams, Democrat 1949-1960
John B. Swainson, Democrat 1961-1962
George Romney, Republican (12) 1963-1969
William G. Milliken, Republican (13) 1969-1982
James J. Blanchard, Democrat 1983-1990
John M. Engler, Republican 1991-0000
(1.) Gilpin was nominated for the office of governor by President
Jackson, after George Porter, the previous governor, had died in
office on July 6, 1834. The Senate, however, rejected the appointment.
(2.) Mason, secretary of the territory since Aug. 1, 1831, served as
acting governor when that office became vacant after the death of
Governor Porter in 1834. Mason was subsequently replaced as secretary
on Sept. 8, 1835, by John S. Horner, who then also technically served
as acting governor of the territory. But the movement for statehood
was so far advanced that few people in Michigan chose to recognize
Horner as Michigan's chief executive officer.
(3.) Woodbridge resigned as governor on Feb. 24, 1841, to become
United States senator.
(4.) Gordon, the lieutenant governor, succeeded to the office of
governor upon the resignation of Woodbridge.
(5.) Felch resigned as governor on March 3, 1847, to become United
(6.) Greenly, the lieutenant governor, succeeded to the office of
governor upon the resignation of Felch.
(7.) Barry's term as governor was for one year only because, with
the adoption of the 1850 Constitution, elections for governor were
switched from the odd-numbered to the even-numbered years. Thus
Barry, elected in November 1849, in the last election under the 1835
Constitution, was succeeded on January 1, 1851, by Robert McClelland,
Who had been elected governor in November 1850, in the first election
under the new constitution.
(8.) McClelland resigned as governor on March 7, 1853, to become
secretary of the interior.
(9.) Parsons, the lieutenant governor, succeeded to the office of
governor upon the resignation of McClelland.
(10.) Fitzgerald died in office on March 16, 1939.
(11.) Dickinson, the lieutenant governor, succeeded to the office
of governor upon the death of Fitzgerald.
(12.) Romney resigned as governor on Jan. 22, 1969, to become
secretary of housing and urban development.
(13.) Milliken, the lieutenant governor, succeeded to the office of
governor upon the resignation of Romney. Milliken subsequently became
the first person to become governor of the state through this route
to go on to be elected governor in his own right, winning election to
four-year terms in 1970, 1974, and 1978.