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Governors

The governor of the State of Kansas heads the executive branch, which includes the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general. Territorial governors were appointed by U. S. presidents. From statehood January 29, 1861, and for more than 100 years, the electorate filled these offices every two years. Beginning with the 1974 election the term of office became four years. These are portraits and biographies of all Kansas governors from territorial time period through current day.

  In territorial office        
Andrew Reeder
                           
July 7, 1854 - April 17, 1855 Andrew Reeder
Daniel Woodson April 17 - June 23, 1855, acting Daniel Woodson
Andrew Reeder June 23 - August 16, 1855 Andrew Reeder
Daniel Woodson August 16 - September 7, 1855, acting Daniel Woodson
Wilson Shannon September 7, 1855 - June 24, 1856 Wilson Shannon
Daniel Woodson June 24 - July 7, 1856, acting Daniel Woodson
Wilson Shannon July 7 - August 18, 1856 Wilson Shannon
Daniel Woodson August 18 - September 9, 1856, acting Daniel Woodson
John White Geary September 9, 1856 - March 12, 1857 John Geary
Daniel Woodson March 12 - April 16, 1857, acting Daniel Woodson
Frederick P. Stanton April 16 - May 27, 1857, acting Frederick Stanton
Robert J. Walker May 27, 1857 – December 15, 1857 Robert Walker
Frederick P. Stanton November 16 - December 21, 1857, acting Frederick Stanton
James W. Denver December 21, 1857 - May 12, 1858, acting
May 12 - July 3, 1858
James Denver
Hugh Sleight Walsh July 3 - July 30, 1858, acting Hugh Walsh
James W. Denver July 30 - October 10, 1858 James Denver
Hugh Sleight Walsh October 10 - December 18, 1858, acting Hugh Walsh
Samuel Medary December 20, 1858 – December 17, 1860 Samuel Medary
George M. Beebe December 17, 1860 – February 9, 1861, acting George Beebe
  In state office
Charles L. Robinson February 9, 1861 – January 12, 1863 Charles Robinson
Thomas Carney January 12, 1863 – January 9, 1865 Thomas Carney
Samuel J. Crawford January 9, 1865 – November 4, 1868 Samuel Crawford
Nehemiah Green November 4, 1868 – January 11, 1869 Nehemiah Green
James M. Harvey January 11, 1869 – January 13, 1873 James Harvey
Thomas A. Osborn January 13, 1873 – January 8, 1877 Thomas Osborn
George T. Anthony January 8, 1877 – January 13, 1879 George Anthony
John P. St. John January 13, 1879 – January 8, 1883 John St. John
George W. Glick January 8, 1883 – January 12, 1885 George Glick
John Alexander Martin January 12, 1885 – January 14, 1889 John Alexander Martin
Lyman Humphrey January 14, 1889 – January 9, 1893 Lyman Humphrey
Lorenzo D. Lewelling January 9, 1893 – January 14, 1895 Lorenzo Lewelling
Edmund N. Morrill January 14, 1895 – January 11, 1897
 
Edmund Morrill
John W. Leedy January 11, 1897 – January 9, 1899 John Leedy
William E. Stanley January 9, 1899 – January 12, 1903 William Stanley
Willis Bailey January 12, 1903 – January 9, 1905 Willis Bailey
Edward W. Hoch January 9, 1905 – January 11, 1909 Edward Hoch
Walter R. Stubbs January 11, 1909 – January 13, 1913 Walter Stubbs
George H. Hodges January 13, 1913 – January 11, 1915 George Hodges
Arthur Capper January 11, 1915 – January 13, 1919 Arthur Capper
Henry J. Allen January 13, 1919 – January 8, 1923 Henry J. Allen
Jonathan M. Davis January 8, 1923 – January 12, 1925 Jonathan Davis
Benjamin S. Paulen January 12, 1925 – January 14, 1929 Benjamin Paulen
Clyde M. Reed January 14, 1929 – January 12, 1931 Clyde Reed
Harry Woodring January 12, 1931 – January 9, 1933 Harry Woodring
Alfred M. Landon January 9, 1933 – January 11, 1937 Alfred Landon
Walter A. Huxman January 11, 1937 – January 9, 1939 Walter Huxman
Payne Ratner January 9, 1939 – January 11, 1943 Payne Ratner
Andrew Schoeppel January 11, 1943 – January 13, 1947 Andrew Schoeppel
Frank Carlson January 13, 1947 – November 28, 1950 Frank Carlson
Frank Hagaman November 28, 1950 – January 8, 1951 Frank Hagaman
Edward F. Arn January 8, 1951 – January 10, 1955 Edward Arn
Fred Hall January 10, 1955 – January 3, 1957 Fred Hall
John McCuish January 3, 1957 – January 14, 1957 John McCuish
George Docking January 14, 1957 – January 9, 1961 George Docking
John Anderson, Jr. January 9, 1961 – January 11, 1965 John Anderson
William H. Avery January 11, 1965 – January 9, 1967 William Avery
Robert Docking January 9, 1967 – January 6, 1975 Robert Docking
Robert F. Bennett January 6, 1975 – January 8, 1979 Robert Bennett
John Carlin January 8, 1979 – January 12, 1987 John Carlin
John Michael Hayden January 12, 1987 – January 14, 1991 Mike Hayden
Joan Finney January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995 Joan Finney
Bill Graves January 9, 1995 – January 13, 2003 Bill Graves
Kathleen Sebelius January 13, 2003 – April 28, 2009 Kathleen Sebelius
Mark Parkinson April 28, 2009 – January 10, 2011 Mark Parkinson
Sam Brownback January 10, 2011 - present Sam Brownback

Digitized copies of primary sources related to territorial and state governors are available in Kansas Memory.  Documents for governors of the state are under the facets Government and Politics, State, Governors.  Select the governor in which you are interested in the box on the left.  Records from the territorial period are available at Government, Territorial Government, Governors.

Entry: Governors

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: November 2001

Date Modified: January 2014

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