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Governors of the State of California
No. Portrait Governor Term in office Party Election Previous office Lt. Governor
1 Peter Hardeman Burnett - circa 1860.jpg   Burnett, Peter HardemanPeter Hardeman Burnett
(1807-11-15)November 15, 1807–May 17, 1895(1895-05-17)


(Aged 87)

01849-12-20December 20, 1849

January 9, 1851
Democratic 1849
5th
Supreme Judge of the Provisional Oregon Supreme Court
(1845–1846)
  McDougal, JohnJohn McDougal
2 John McDougall.jpg McDougal, JohnJohn McDougal
ca. 1818 – March 30, 1866
(Aged 48)
01851-01-09January 9, 1851

January 8, 1852
Democratic 1st
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1849–1851)
Broderick, David C.David C. Broderick
(acting)
3 John Bigler painting.jpg Bigler, JohnJohn Bigler
January 8, 1805 – November 29, 1871
(Aged 66)
01852-01-08January 8, 1852

January 9, 1856
Democratic 1851 2nd
Speaker of the California Assembly
(1850–1851)
Purdy, SamuelSamuel Purdy
1853
4 JNeelyJohnson.jpg Johnson, J. NeelyJ. Neely Johnson
August 2, 1825 – August 31, 1872
(Aged 47)
01856-01-09January 9, 1856

January 8, 1858
American 1855 California State Assemblyman
(1852–1856)
Anderson, Robert M.Robert M. Anderson
5 John B Weller by William F Cogswell, 1879.jpg Weller, John B.John B. Weller
February 22, 1812 – August 17, 1875
(Aged 63)
01858-01-08January 8, 1858

January 9, 1860
Democratic 1857 U.S. Senator from California
(1852–1857)
Walkup, JohnJohn Walkup
6 MiltonLatham.jpg Latham, MiltonMilton Latham
May 23, 1827 – March 4, 1882
(Aged 54)
01860-01-09January 9, 1860

January 14, 1860
Democratic 1859
U.S. Representative for California's At-large
(1853–1855)
Downey, John G.John G. Downey
7 John G. Downey.jpg Downey, John G.John G. Downey
June 24, 1827 – March 1, 1894
(Aged 66)
01860-01-14January 14, 1860

January 10, 1862
Democratic 6th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1860)
Quinn, Isaac N.Isaac N. Quinn
(acting)
(resigned January 7, 1861)
de la Guerra, PabloPablo de la Guerra
(acting)
8 Leland Stanford p1070023.jpg Stanford, LelandLeland Stanford
March 9, 1824 – June 21, 1893
(Aged 69)
01862-01-10January 10, 1862

December 10, 1863
Republican 1861 1st
President of Central Pacific Railroad
(1861–1893)
Chellis, John F.John F. Chellis
9 FrederickFerdinandLow.png Low, FrederickFrederick Low
June 30, 1828 – July 21, 1894
(Aged 66)
01863-12-10December 10, 1863

December 5, 1867
Republican 1863
U.S. Representative for California's At-large
(1862–1863)
Machin, Tim N.Tim N. Machin
10 HenryHaight.png Haight, Henry HuntlyHenry Huntly Haight
May 20, 1825 – September 2, 1878
(Aged 53)
01867-12-05December 5, 1867

December 8, 1871
Democratic 1867 None Holden, WilliamWilliam Holden
11 Newton Booth - Brady-Handy.jpg Booth, NewtonNewton Booth
December 30, 1825 – July 14, 1892
(Aged 66)
01871-12-08December 8, 1871

February 27, 1875
Republican 1871
California State Senator
(1863)
Pacheco, RomualdoRomualdo Pacheco
12 Romualdo Pacheco - Brady-Handy.jpg Pacheco, RomualdoRomualdo Pacheco
October 31, 1831 – January 23, 1899
(Aged 67)
01875-02-27February 27, 1875

December 9, 1875
Republican 9th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1871–1875)
Irwin, WilliamWilliam Irwin
(acting)
13 William Irwin painting.jpg Irwin, WilliamWilliam Irwin
ca. 1827 – March 15, 1886
(Aged 58–59)
01875-12-09December 9, 1875

January 8, 1880
Democratic 1875 Acting
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1875)
Johnson, James A.James A. Johnson
14 Senator George Clement Perkins.jpg Perkins, George ClementGeorge Clement Perkins
August 23, 1839 – February 26, 1923
(Aged 83)
01880-01-08January 8, 1880

January 10, 1883
Republican 1879 California State Senator
(1869–1876)
Mansfield, JohnJohn Mansfield
15 General George Stoneman.jpg Stoneman, GeorgeGeorge Stoneman
August 8, 1822 – September 5, 1894
(Aged 72)
01883-01-10January 10, 1883

January 8, 1887
Democratic 1882 Major General of the Union Army
(since 1861)
Daggett, JohnJohn Daggett
16 Washington Bartlett.jpg Bartlett, WashingtonWashington Bartlett
February 29, 1824 – September 12, 1887
(Aged 63)
01887-01-08January 8, 1887

September 12, 1887
Democratic 1886
20th
Mayor of San Francisco
(1883–1887)
Waterman, RobertRobert Waterman
17 Robert Waterman.jpg Waterman, RobertRobert Waterman
December 15, 1826 – April 12, 1891
(Aged 64)
01887-09-12September 12, 1887

January 8, 1891
Republican 17th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1887)
White, Stephen M.Stephen M. White
(acting)
18 HenryMarkham.jpg Markham, HenryHenry Markham
November 16, 1840 – October 9, 1923
(Aged 82)
01891-01-08January 8, 1891

January 11, 1895
Republican 1890 U.S. Representative for California's 1st
(1885–1887)
Reddick, John B.John B. Reddick
19 James H. Budd.jpg Budd, JamesJames Budd
May 18, 1851 – July 30, 1908
(Aged 57)
01895-01-11January 11, 1895

January 4, 1899
Democratic 1894 U.S. Representative for California's 2nd
(1883–1885)
Millard, Spencer G.Spencer G. Millard
(died October 24, 1895)
Jeter, William T.William T. Jeter
20 HenryGage.jpg Gage, HenryHenry Gage
December 25, 1852 – August 28, 1924
(Aged 71)
01899-01-04January 4, 1899

January 7, 1903
Republican 1898 Federal prosecutor
(since 1891)
Neff, Jacob H.Jacob H. Neff
21 Pardee, GeorgeGeorge Pardee
July 25, 1857 – September 1, 1941
(Aged 84)
01903-01-07January 7, 1903

January 9, 1907
Republican 1902 29th
Mayor of Oakland
(1893–1895)
Anderson, AldenAlden Anderson
22 James Gillett.jpg Gillett, JamesJames Gillett
September 20, 1860 – April 20, 1937
(Aged 76)
01907-01-09January 9, 1907

January 3, 1911
Republican 1906 U.S. Representative for California's 1st
(1903–1906)
Porter, Warren R.Warren R. Porter
23 Hiram Johnson.jpg Johnson, HiramHiram Johnson
September 2, 1866 – August 6, 1945
(Aged 78)
01911-01-03January 3, 1911

March 15, 1917
Republican 1910 Assistant District attorney of California
(1902–1910)
Wallace, Albert JosephAlbert Joseph Wallace
Progressive 1914
Eshleman, John M.John M. Eshleman
(died February 28, 1916)
Vacant
Stephens, WilliamWilliam Stephens
(took office July 22, 1916)
24 Portrait of William Stephens.jpg Stephens, WilliamWilliam Stephens
December 26, 1859 – April 25, 1944
(Aged 84)
01917-03-15March 15, 1917

January 8, 1923
Republican 27th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1916–1917)
Vacant
1918 Young, C. C.C. C. Young
25 Friend Richardson.jpg Richardson, FriendFriend Richardson
December 1, 1865 – September 6, 1943
(Aged 77)
01923-01-09January 9, 1923

January 4, 1927
Republican 1922 21st
California State Treasurer
(1915–1923)
26 CC Young.jpg Young, C. C.C. C. Young
April 28, 1869 – December 24, 1947
(Aged 78)
01927-01-04January 4, 1927

January 6, 1931
Republican 1926 29th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1919–1927)
Fitts, BuronBuron Fitts
(resigned November 30, 1928)
Vacant
Carnahan, H. L.H. L. Carnahan
(appointed December 4, 1928)
27 JamesRolphJrCalifGov.jpg Rolph, JamesJames Rolph
August 23, 1869 – June 2, 1934
(Aged 64)
01931-01-06January 6, 1931

June 2, 1934
Republican 1930
30th
Mayor of San Francisco
(1912–1931)
Merriam, FrankFrank Merriam
28 FrankMerriam.jpg Merriam, FrankFrank Merriam
December 22, 1865 – April 25, 1955
(Aged 89)
01934-06-02June 2, 1934

January 2, 1939
Republican 31st
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1931–1934)
Vacant
1934 Hatfield, George J.George J. Hatfield
29
Olson, CulbertCulbert Olson
November 7, 1876 – April 13, 1962
(Aged 85)
01939-01-02January 2, 1939

January 4, 1943
Democratic 1938 California State Senator
(1934–1938)
Patterson, Ellis E.Ellis E. Patterson
30 Earl Warren Portrait, half figure, seated, facing front, as Governor.jpg Warren, EarlEarl Warren
March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974
(Aged 83)
01943-01-04January 4, 1943

October 5, 1953
Republican 1942 20th
Attorney General of California
(1939–1943)
Houser, Frederick F.Frederick F. Houser
1946 Knight, GoodwinGoodwin Knight
1950
31 GoodwinKnight.jpg Knight, GoodwinGoodwin Knight
December 9, 1896 – May 22, 1970
(Aged 73)
01953-10-05October 5, 1953

January 5, 1959
Republican 35th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1947–1953)
Powers, Harold J.Harold J. Powers
1954
32 Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown.jpg Brown, PatPat Brown
April 21, 1905 – February 16, 1996
(Aged 90)
01959-01-05January 5, 1959

January 2, 1967
Democratic 1958 23rd
Attorney General of California
(1951–1959)
Anderson, Glenn M.Glenn M. Anderson
1962
33 Ronald Reagan with cowboy hat 12-0071M original.tif Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan
February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004
(Aged 93)
01967-01-02January 2, 1967

January 6, 1975
Republican 1966 9th and 13th
President of the Screen Actors Guild
(1947–1952; 1959–1960)
Finch, RobertRobert Finch
(resigned January 8, 1969)
Reinecke, EdwinEdwin Reinecke
(resigned October 2, 1974)
1970
Harmer, John L.John L. Harmer
34 Jerry Brown 1978 cropped.jpg Brown, JerryJerry Brown
April 7, 1938 (1938-04-07) (age 81)
01975-01-06January 6, 1975

January 3, 1983
Democratic 1974 24th
Secretary of State of California
(1971–1975)
Dymally, Mervyn M.Mervyn M. Dymally
1978 Curb, MichaelMichael Curb
35 George Deukmejian Official Portrait crop 2.jpg Deukmejian, GeorgeGeorge Deukmejian
June 6, 1928 – May 8, 2018
(Aged 89)
01983-01-03January 3, 1983

January 7, 1991
Republican 1982 27th
Attorney General of California
(1979–1983)
McCarthy, Leo T.Leo T. McCarthy
1986
36 Pete Wilson meeting with Les Aspin, Feb 3, 1993 - cropped to Wilson.JPEG Wilson, PetePete Wilson
August 23, 1933 (1933-08-23) (age 85)
01991-01-07January 7, 1991

January 4, 1999
Republican 1990 U.S. Senator from California
(1983–1991)
1994 Davis, GrayGray Davis
37 Gray Davis Bio.gif Davis, GrayGray Davis
December 26, 1942 (1942-12-26) (age 76)
01999-01-04January 4, 1999

November 17, 2003
Democratic 1998 44th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1995–1999)
Bustamante, CruzCruz Bustamante
2002
38 A. Schwarzenegger.jpg Schwarzenegger, ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger
July 30, 1947 (1947-07-30) (age 71)
02003-11-17November 17, 2003

January 3, 2011
Republican Chair of the President's Council on Fitness and Sports
(1990–1993)
2006 Garamendi, JohnJohn Garamendi
(resigned November 3, 2009)
Pasquil, MonaMona Pasquil
(Acting)
Maldonado, AbelAbel Maldonado
(appointed April 27, 2010)
39 Edmund G Brown Jr.jpg Brown, JerryJerry Brown
April 7, 1938 (1938-04-07) (age 81)
02011-01-03January 3, 2011

Present
Democratic 2010 31st
Attorney General of California
(2007–2011)
34th Governor of California
(1975–1983)
Newsom, GavinGavin Newsom
(took office January 10, 2011)
2014

Living former governors of California

There are three living former governors, the oldest being Pete Wilson, born 1933. The most recent death of a former governor was that of George Deukmejian (served 1983–1991, born June 6, 1928) on May 8, 2018. Jerry Brown, who served as governor from 1975 to 1983, is currently serving and thus is not included on this list.

Governor Years in office Date of birth (and age)
Pete Wilson 1991–1999 August 23, 1933 (1933-08-23) (age 85)
Gray Davis 1999–2003 December 26, 1942 (1942-12-26) (age 76)
Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003–2011 July 30, 1947 (1947-07-30) (age 71)

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