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Governors of Oregon

Secretaries of State

 

Under Provisional Government

 

Name/Party1

Term

Authority/Remarks

Abernethy, George

July 14, 1845-Mar. 3, 1849

By people at 1845 general election; reelected 1848


 

 

Under Territorial Government

 

Lane, Joseph--D

 

Mar. 3, 1849-June 18, 1850

Appointed by President Polk; resigned

Prichette, Kintzing--D

 

June 18, 1850-Aug. 18, 1850

Acting governor, was secretary

Gaines, John P.--W

 

Aug. 18, 1850-May 16, 1853

Appointed by President Taylor

Lane, Joseph--D

 

May 16, 1853-May 19, 1853

Appointed by President Pierce; resigned

Curry, George L.--D

 

May 19, 1853-Dec. 2, 1853

Acting governor, was secretary

Davis, John W.--D

 

Dec. 2, 1853-Aug. 1, 1854

Appointed by President Pierce; resigned

Curry, George L.--D

 

Aug. 1, 1854-Mar. 3, 1859

Acting governor, was secretary; appointed by President Pierce, Nov. 1, 1854

 

 


Under State Government

 

Whiteaker, John--D

 

Mar. 3, 1859-Sept. 10, 1862

Elected 1858

Gibbs, Addison C.--R

 

Sept. 10, 1862-Sept. 12, 1866

Elected 1862

Woods, George L.--R

 

Sept. 12, 1866-Sept. 14, 1870

Elected 1866

Grover, LaFayette--D

 

Sept. 14, 1870-Feb. 1, 1877

Elected 1870; reelected 1874; resigned

Chadwick, Stephen F.--D

 

Feb. 1, 1877-Sept. 11, 1878

Was secretary of state

Thayer, William W.--D

 

Sept. 11, 1878-Sept. 13, 1882

Elected 1878

Moody, Zenas F.--R

 

Sept. 13, 1882-Jan. 12, 1887

Elected 1882

Pennoyer, Sylvester--DP

 

Jan. 12, 1887-Jan. 14, 1895

Elected 1886; reelected 1890

Lord, William Paine--R

 

Jan. 14, 1895-Jan. 9, 1899

Elected 1894

Geer, Theodore T.--R

 

Jan. 9, 1899-Jan. 14, 1903

Elected 1898

Chamberlain, George E.--D

 

Jan. 15, 1903-Feb. 28, 1909

Elected 1902; reelected 1906; resigned

Benson, Frank W.--R

 

Mar. 1, 1909-June 17, 1910

Was secretary of state; resigned

Bowerman, Jay2--R

 

June 17, 1910-Jan. 8, 1911

Was president of Senate

West, Oswald--D

 

Jan. 11, 1911-Jan. 12, 1915

Elected 1910

Withycombe, James--R

 

Jan. 12, 1915-Mar. 3, 1919

Elected 1914; reelected 1918; died in office

Olcott, Ben W.--R

 

Mar. 3, 1919-Jan. 8, 1923

Was secretary of state

Pierce, Walter M.--D

 

Jan. 8, 1923-Jan. 10, 1927

Elected 1922

Patterson, Isaac L.--R

 

Jan. 10, 1927-Dec. 21, 1929

Elected 1926; died in office

Norblad, Albin W.3--R

 

Dec. 22, 1929-Jan. 12, 1931

Was president of Senate

Meier, Julius L.--I

 

Jan. 12, 1931-Jan. 14, 1935

Elected 1930

Martin, Charles H.--D

 

Jan. 14, 1935-Jan. 9, 1939

Elected 1934

Sprague, Charles A.--R

 

Jan. 9, 1939-Jan. 11, 1943

Elected 1938

Snell, Earl--R

 

Jan. 11, 1943-Oct. 28, 1947

Elected 1942; reelected 1946; died in office

Hall, John H.4--R

 

Oct. 30, 1947-Jan. 10, 1949

Was speaker of House

McKay, Douglas--R

 

Jan. 10, 1949-Dec. 27, 1952

Elected 1948; reelected 1950; resigned

Patterson, Paul L.--R

 

Dec. 27, 1952-Jan. 31, 1956

Was president of Senate; elected 1954; died in office

Smith, Elmo--R

 

Feb. 1, 1956-Jan. 14, 1957

Was president of Senate

Holmes, Robert D.--D

 

Jan. 14, 1957-Jan. 12, 1959

Elected 1956

Hatfield, Mark O.--R

 

Jan. 12, 1959-Jan. 9, 1967

Elected 1958; reelected 1962

McCall, Tom--R

 

Jan. 9, 1967-Jan 13, 1975

Elected 1966; reelected 1970

Straub, Robert W.--D

 

Jan. 13, 1975-Jan. 8, 1979

Elected 1974

Atiyeh, Victor G.--R

 

Jan. 8, 1979-Jan. 12, 1987

Elected 1978; reelected 1982

Goldschmidt, Neil--D

 

Jan. 12, 1987-Jan. 14, 1991

Elected 1986

Roberts, Barbara--D

 

Jan. 14, 1991-Jan. 9, 1995

Elected 1990

Kitzhaber, John--D

 

Jan. 9, 1995-Jan. 13, 2003

Elected 1994; reelected 1998

Kulongoski, Ted--D

 

Jan. 13. 2003 -Jan. 10, 2011

Elected 2002; reelected 2006

Kitzhaber, John--D

 

Jan. 10, 2011—

Elected 2010


1D-Democrat; R-Republican; DP-Democrat People's; I-Independent; W-Whig.
2Jay Bowerman became governor when Frank Benson, who was serving as both governor and secretary of state, became incapacitated. Benson resigned as governor but continued as secretary of state until his death.
3In 1920, the Constitution was changed to allow the president of the Senate to succeed as governor.
4A plane crash on October 28, 1947 killed Governor Earl Snell, Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell Jr., President of the Senate Marshall E. Cornett and the pilot, Cliff Hogue. John Hall, speaker of the House and next in line of succession, automatically became governor. Earl Newbry was appointed by John Hall to the position of secretary of state.

 

Secretaries of State