Governors Records Guides

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Governors Records Guides

This list contains the names and dates in office of all of Oregon's governors in reverse chronological order. Information includes biographical notes, records descriptions and container listings for many governors. Earlier governors listings primarily feature governors messages and letters.

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Under State Government

Kitzhaber, John (D) Jan. 10, 2011 - present (no records at State Archives - see governor's website.)
Kulongoski, Ted (D) Jan. 13, 2003- Jan. 10, 2011
Kitzhaber, John (D) Jan. 9, 1995 - Jan. 13, 2003
Roberts, Barbara (D) Jan, 14, 1991 - Jan. 9, 1995
Goldschmidt, Neil (D) Jan, 12, 1987 - Jan. 14, 1991
Atiy​eh, Victor G. (R) Jan. 8, 1979 - Jan. 12, 1987
Straub Robert W. (D) Jan. 13, 1975 - Jan. 8, 1979
McCall, Tom (R) Jan. 9, 1967 - Jan 13, 1975
Hatfield, Mark O. (R) Jan. 12, 1959 - Jan. 9, 1967
Holmes, Robert D. (D) Jan. 14, 1957 - Jan. 12,1959
Smith, Elmo (R) Feb. 1,1956 - Jan. 14, 1957
Patterson, Paul L. (R) Dec. 27, 1952 - Jan. 31, 1956
McKay, Douglas (R) Jan. 10, 1949 - Dec. 27, 1952
Hall, John H. (R) Oct. 30,1947 - Jan. 10, 1949
Snell, Earl (R) Jan. 11,1943 - Oct. 28, 1947
Sprague, Charles A. (R) Jan. 9, 1939 - Jan. 11, 1943
Martin, Charles H. (D) Jan. 14, 1935 - Jan. 9, 1939
Meier Julius L. (I) Jan. 12, 1931 - Jan. 14, 1935
Norblad, A. W. (R) Dec. 22, 1929 - Jan. 12, 1931
Patterson, I. L. (R) Jan. 10, 1927 - Dec. 21, 1929
Pierce, Walter M. (D) Jan. 8, 1923 - Jan. 10, 1927
Olcott, Ben W. (R) Mar. 3, 1919 - Jan. 8, 1923
Withycombe, James (R) Jan 12, 1915 - Mar. 3, 1919
West, Oswald D. (D) Jan. 11, 1911 - Jan. 12, 1915
Bowerman, Jay (R) June 17, 1910 - Jan. 8, 1911
Benson, Frank W. (R) Mar. 1, 1909 - June 17, 1910
Chamberlain, George E. (D) Jan. 15,1903 - Feb. 28, 1909
Geer, T. T. (R) Jan. 9. 1899 - Jan.14, 1903
Lord, William Paine (R) Jan. 14,1895 - Jan. 9, 1899
Pennoyer, Sylvester (DP) Jan.12, 1887 - Jan.14, 1895
Moody, Z. F. (R) Sept. 13, 1882 - Jan. 12, 1887
Thayer, W. W. (D) Sept.11, 1878 - Sept.13, 1882
Chadwick, Stephen F. (D) Feb.1, 1877 - Sept. 11, 1878
Grover, LaFayette (D) Sept.14, 1870 - Feb.1, 1877
Woods, George L. (R) Sept. 12, 1866 - Sept. 14, 1870
Gibbs, A. C. (R) Sept.10, 1862 - Sept. 12, 1866
John Whiteaker (D) Mar. 3, 1859 - Sept. 10, 1862

Under Territorial Government

Curry, George L. (D) Aug. 1, 1854 - Mar. 3, 1859
Davis, John W. (D) Dec. 2, 1853 - Aug. 1, 1854
Curry, George L. (D) May 19, 1853 - Dec. 2, 1853
Lane, Joseph (D) May 16, 1853 - May 19, 1853
Gaines, John P. (W) Aug. 18, 1850 - May 16, 1853
Prichette, Kintzing (D) June 18, 1850 - Aug. 18, 1850
Lane, Joseph (D) Mar. 3, 1849 - June 18, 1850

Under Provisional G​overnment

Abernethy, George July 14, 1845 - Mar. 3, 1849
Executive Committee July 5, 1843 - July 14, 1845
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A portrait of Governor Barbara Roberts at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. (Oregon State Archives)

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