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This is a list of people who have served as Governor of Tennessee.

Southwest Territory

The Territory South of the River Ohio, commonly called the Southwest Territory, was formed in 1790 from lands ceded by North Carolina to the United States government. The territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Tennessee in 1796.

      Democratic-Republican

# Picture Governor
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party State of Birth Occupation Notes
1 William-blount-wb-cooper.jpg   William Blount
(1749–1800)
September 20, 1790

March 30, 1796
Democratic-Republican NC Land speculator

State of Tennessee

      Democratic-Republican       Democratic       Whig       Unionist/Military       Republican

# Picture Governor
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party State of Birth Occupation Lt. Governor Notes
1 John Sevier.jpg   John Sevier
(1745–1815)
March 30, 1796

September 23, 1801
Democratic-Republican VA Soldier, farmer None
2 Portrait of Archibald Roane by C. J. Fox.jpg   Archibald Roane
(1760–1819)
September 23, 1801

September 23, 1803
Democratic-Republican PA Lawyer
1 John Sevier.jpg   John Sevier
(1745–1815)
September 23, 1803

September 20, 1809
Democratic-Republican VA Soldier, farmer
3 Willie-blount-wb-cooper.jpg   Willie Blount
(1768–1835)
September 20, 1809

September 27, 1815
Democratic-Republican NC Lawyer, planter
4 McMinn-joseph-by-rembrandt-peale.jpg   Joseph McMinn
(1758–1824)
September 27, 1815

October 1, 1821
Democratic-Republican PA Merchant
5 Governor-william-carroll-portrait.gif   William Carroll
(1788–1844)
October 1, 1821

October 1, 1827
Democratic-Republican PA Merchant, soldier
6 Thomas Flintoff - Sam Houston - Google Art Project.jpg   Sam Houston
(1793–1863)
October 1, 1827

April 16, 1829
Democratic-Republican VA Lawyer
7 Hall-william-by-wb-cooper.jpg   William Hall
(1775–1856)
April 16, 1829

October 1, 1829
Democratic NC Planter, soldier
5 Governor-william-carroll-portrait.gif   William Carroll
(1788–1844)
October 1, 1829

October 12, 1835
Democratic PA Merchant, soldier
8 Cannon-newton-by-wb-cooper.jpg   Newton Cannon
(1781–1841)
October 12, 1835

October 14, 1839
Whig NC Planter
9 JamesKnoxPolk.png   James K. Polk
(1795–1849)
October 14, 1839

October 15, 1841
Democratic NC Lawyer, politician
10 James Chamberlain Jones Governor of Tennessee.jpg   James C. Jones
(1809–1859)
October 15, 1841

October 14, 1845
Whig TN Lawyer
11 Hon. Aaron V. Brown, Tenn - NARA - 528326.jpg   Aaron V. Brown
(1795–1859)
October 14, 1845

October 17, 1847
Democratic VA Lawyer
12 Neill Smith Brown by Mathew Brady 1849.jpg   Neill S. Brown
(1810–1886)
October 17, 1847

October 16, 1849
Whig TN Lawyer
13 Trousdale-william-portrait1.jpg   William Trousdale
(1790–1872)
October 16, 1849

October 16, 1851
Democratic NC Lawyer
14 Campbell-william-by-wb-cooper.jpg   William B. Campbell
(1807–1867)
October 16, 1851

October 17, 1853
Whig TN Lawyer
15 President Andrew Johnson.jpg   Andrew Johnson
(1808–1875)
October 17, 1853

November 3, 1857
Democratic NC Tailor, lawyer, politician
16 Isham-harris-by-brady.jpg   Isham G. Harris
(1818–1897)
November 3, 1857

March 12, 1862
Democratic TN Lawyer, politician
15 President Andrew Johnson.jpg   Andrew Johnson
(1808–1875)
March 12, 1862

March 4, 1865
Unionist/Military NC Lawyer, politician
Edward-hazzard-east-by-ritchie.jpg   Edward H. East
(1830–1904)
March 4, 1865

April 5, 1865
Republican TN Lawyer
17 William Gannaway Brownlow 2.jpg   William G. Brownlow
(1805–1877)
April 5, 1865

February 25, 1869
Republican VA Editor, preacher
18 Dewitt-clinton-senter-tn1.png   Dewitt Clinton Senter
(1830–1898)
February 25, 1869

October 10, 1871
Republican TN Lawyer
19 JCBrown-tn-gov-gen.jpg   John C. Brown
(1827–1889)
October 10, 1871

January 18, 1875
Democratic TN Lawyer
20 Porter-james-by-wb-cooper.jpg   James D. Porter
(1828–1912)
January 18, 1875

February 16, 1879
Democratic TN Lawyer, educator
21 Marks-albert-by-wb-cooper.jpg   Albert S. Marks
(1836–1891)
February 16, 1879

January 17, 1881
Democratic KY Lawyer, judge
22 Hawkins-alvin-by-wb-cooper.jpg   Alvin Hawkins
(1821–1905)
January 17, 1881

January 15, 1883
Republican KY Lawyer, judge
23 William Bate.jpg   William B. Bate
(1826–1905)
January 15, 1883

January 17, 1887
Democratic TN Lawyer, politician
24 Taylor-robert-love-before-1912.jpg   Robert Love Taylor
(1850–1912)
January 17, 1887

January 19, 1891
Democratic TN Lawyer, politician
25 Buchanan-john-price-by-wb-newman.jpg   John P. Buchanan
(1847–1930)
January 19, 1891

January 16, 1893
Democratic TN Farmer
26 Turney-peter-by-branson.jpg   Peter Turney
(1827–1903)
January 16, 1893

January 21, 1897
Democratic TN Lawyer, judge
24 Taylor-robert-love-before-1912.jpg   Robert Love Taylor
(1850–1912)
January 21, 1897

January 16, 1899
Democratic TN Lawyer, politician
27 Benton McMillin 3575401083 6b3c77e538 o.jpg   Benton McMillin
(1845–1933)
January 16, 1899

January 19, 1903
Democratic KY Lawyer, diplomat
28 Frazier-james-by-lloyd-branson.jpg   James B. Frazier
(1856–1937)
January 19, 1903

March 21, 1905
Democratic TN Lawyer, politician
29 Cox-john-isaac-governor-tn.jpg   John I. Cox
(1855–1946)
March 21, 1905

January 17, 1907
Democratic TN Lawyer
30 Patterson-malcolm-governor-tn2.jpg   Malcolm R. Patterson
(1861–1935)
January 17, 1907

January 26, 1911
Democratic AL Lawyer, judge
31 Hooper-ben-by-bain.jpg   Ben W. Hooper
(1870–1957)
January 26, 1911

January 17, 1915
Republican TN Lawyer
32 Rye-thomas-clarke-by-bain.jpg   Thomas C. Rye
(1863–1953)
January 17, 1915

January 15, 1919
Democratic TN Lawyer, judge
33 Albert H. Roberts.jpg   Albert H. Roberts
(1868–1946)
January 15, 1919

January 15, 1921
Democratic TN Lawyer, judge
34 Alfred-alexander-taylor-tn2.jpg   Alfred A. Taylor
(1848–1931)
January 15, 1921

January 16, 1923
Republican TN Lawyer
35 AustinPeay.jpg   Austin Peay
(1876–1927)
January 16, 1923

October 3, 1927
Democratic KY Lawyer
36 Henry Hollis Horton.jpg   Henry Hollis Horton
(1866–1934)
October 3, 1927

January 17, 1933
Democratic AL Lawyer, farmer
37 Hill McAlister.jpg   Hill McAlister
(1875–1959)
January 17, 1933

January 15, 1937
Democratic TN Lawyer
38 Browning-gordon-harris-ewing.jpg   Gordon Browning
(1889–1976)
January 15, 1937

January 16, 1939
Democratic TN Lawyer, judge
39 Prentice Cooper.jpg   Prentice Cooper
(1895–1969)
January 16, 1939

January 16, 1945
Democratic TN Lawyer
40 Mccord-jim-nance.jpg   Jim Nance McCord
(1879–1968)
January 16, 1945

January 16, 1949
Democratic TN Editor
38 Browning-gordon-harris-ewing.jpg   Gordon Browning
(1889–1976)
January 16, 1949

January 15, 1953
Democratic TN Lawyer, judge
  Walter M. Haynes
41 Frank Goad Clement Tennessee Governor.jpg   Frank G. Clement
(1920–1969)
January 15, 1953

January 19, 1959
Democratic TN Lawyer   Jared Maddux
42 Earl Buford Ellington, Tennessee Governor.jpg   Buford Ellington
(1907–1972)
January 19, 1959

January 15, 1963
Democratic MS Farmer   William D. Baird
41 Frank Goad Clement Tennessee Governor.jpg   Frank G. Clement
(1920–1969)
January 15, 1963

January 16, 1967
Democratic TN Lawyer   James L. Bomar, Jr.
  Jared Maddux
42 Earl Buford Ellington, Tennessee Governor.jpg   Buford Ellington
(1907–1972)
January 16, 1967

January 16, 1971
Democratic MS Farmer   Frank Gorrell
43 Winfield Dunn 2007.jpg   Winfield Dunn
(b. 1927)
January 16, 1971

January 18, 1975
Republican MS Dentist   John S. Wilder
44 Ray Blanton.jpg   Ray Blanton
(1930–1996)
January 18, 1975

January 17, 1979
Democratic TN Farmer, businessman
45 Lamar Alexander black and white photo.jpg   Lamar Alexander
(b. 1940)
January 20, 1979

January 17, 1987
Republican TN Lawyer, politician
46 Ned R. McWherter speaking at a ceremony, Dec 17, 1988.JPEG   Ned McWherter
(1930–2011)
January 17, 1987

January 21, 1995
Democratic TN Businessman
47 Don Sundquist 103rd Congress.jpg   Don Sundquist
(b. 1936)
January 21, 1995

January 18, 2003
Republican IL Businessman
48 Governor Bredesen (cropped).jpg   Phil Bredesen
(b. 1943)
January 18, 2003

January 15, 2011
Democratic NJ Businessman
  Ron Ramsey
49 Governor Bill Haslam crop.jpg   Bill Haslam
(b. 1958)
January 15, 2011

January 19, 2019
Republican TN Businessman
  Randy McNally
50 TN Governor Bill Lee 2019 May.jpg   Bill Lee
(b. 1959)
January 19, 2019

present
Republican TN Businessman

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