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Michigan's Governors, 1835 to Present

# NAME YEARS SERVED PARTY
1 Stevens T. Mason

Read a Mason bio or tour an online exhibit about Mason.
1835-1840 D
2 William Woodbridge * 1840-1841 W
3 James Wright Gordon 1841 W
4 John S. Barry 1842-1846 D
5 Alpheus Felch ** 1846-1847 D
6 William L. Greenly 1847 D
7 Epaphroditus Ransom 1848-1850 D
8 John S. Barry 1850-1851 D
9 Robert McClelland 1852-1853 D
10 Andrew Parsons 1853-1854 D
11 Kinsley S. Bingham 1855-1858 R
12 Moses Wisner 1859-1860 R
13 Austin Blair 1861-1864 R
14 Henry H. Crapo 1865-1868 R
15 Henry P. Baldwin 1869-1872 R
16 John J. Bagley 1873-1876 R
17 Charles M. Croswell 1877-1880 R
18 David H. Jerome 1881-1882 R
19 Josiah W. Begole 1883-1884 D (Fusionist)
20 Russell A. Alger 1885-1886 R
21 Cyrus G. Luce 1887-1890 R
22 Edwin B. Winans 1891-1892 D
23 John T. Rich 1893-1896 R
24 Hazen S. Pingree 1897-1900 R
25 Aaron T. Bliss 1901-1904 R
26 Fred M. Warner 1905-1910 R
27 Chase S. Osborn 1911-1912 R
28 Woodbridge N. Ferris 1913-1916 D
29 Albert E. Sleeper 1917-1920 R
30 Alexander J. Groesbeck 1921-1926 R
31 Fred W. Green 1927-1930 R
32 Wilber M. Brucker 1931-1932 R
33 William A. Comstock 1933-1934 D
34 Frank D. Fitzgerald 1935-1936 R
35 Frank Murphy 1937-1938 D
36 Frank D. Fitzgerald *** 1939 R
37 Luren D. Dickinson 1939-1940 R
38 Murray D. Van Wagoner 1941-1942 D
39 Harry F. Kelly 1943-1946 R
40 Kim Sigler 1947-1948 R
41 G. Mennen Williams 1949-1960 D
42 John B. Swainson 1961-1962 D
43 George Romney 1963-1969 R
44 William G. Milliken 1969-1982 R
45 James J. Blanchard 1983-1990 D
46 John M. Engler 1991-2002 R
47 Jennifer M. Granholm 2003-2010 D
48 Rick Snyder 2011- R
D = Democrat
R = Republican
W = Whig
* Resigned February 24, 1841, to become a U.S. senator
** Resigned March 3, 1847, to become a U.S. senator
*** Died in office, March 16, 1939

More Resources

  • Sikkenga, Raymond. Doers and Dreamers: The Governors of Michigan. Spring Lake, MI: River Road Publications, 1987.
  • Weddon, Willah. First Ladies of Michigan (Revised, 2nd ed.). Lansing, MI: NOG Press, 1994.
  • Weddon, Willah. Michigan Governors Growing Up. Lansing, MI: NOG Press, 1994.
  • Weddon, Willah. Michigan Governors: Their Life Stories. Lansing, MI: NOG Press, 1994.
  • Weeks, George. Stewards of the State: The Governors of Michigan (Revised Second Edition). Ann Arbor, MI: Historical Society of Michigan, 1991.
  • The Governors of Michigan 1835-1991 (A Brief Guide to Papers of Governors of the State of Michigan Held by the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan)

 

Contact the Michigan Historical Center.

Updated 01/18/2011

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