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Illinois : Past Governors Bios
Governor's Name State Time in Office Party
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich Illinois (2003 - 2009)
Democrat
Gov. George H. Ryan Illinois (1999 - 2003)
Republican
Gov. Jim Edgar Illinois (1991 - 1999)
Republican
Gov. James Robert Thompson Illinois (1977 - 1991)
Republican
Gov. Daniel Walker Illinois (1973 - 1977)
Democrat
Gov. Richard Buell Ogilvie Illinois (1969 - 1973)
Republican
Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro Illinois (1968 - 1969)
Democrat
Gov. Otto Kerner Illinois (1961 - 1968)
Democrat
Gov. William Grant Stratton Illinois (1953 - 1961)
Republican
Gov. Adlai Ewing Stevenson Illinois (1949 - 1953)
Democrat
Gov. Dwight Herbert Green Illinois (1941 - 1949)
Republican
Gov. John Henry Stelle Illinois (1940 - 1941)
Democrat
Gov. Henry Horner Illinois (1933 - 1940)
Democrat
Gov. Louis Lincoln Emmerson Illinois (1929 - 1933)
Republican
Gov. Lennington Small Illinois (1921 - 1929)
Republican
Gov. Frank Orren Lowden Illinois (1917 - 1921)
Republican
Gov. Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne Illinois (1913 - 1917)
Democrat
Gov. Charles Samuel Deneen Illinois (1905 - 1913)
Republican
Gov. Richard Yates Illinois (1901 - 1905)
Republican
Gov. John Riley Tanner Illinois (1897 - 1901)
Republican
Gov. John Peter Altgeld Illinois (1893 - 1897)
Democrat
Gov. Joseph Wilson Fifer Illinois (1889 - 1893)
Republican
Gov. John Marshall Hamilton Illinois (1883 - 1885)
Republican
Gov. Shelby Moore Cullom Illinois (1877 - 1883)
Republican
Gov. John Lourie Beveridge Illinois (1873 - 1877)
Republican
Gov. John McAuley Palmer Illinois (1869 - 1873)
Republican, Democrat
Gov. Richard James Oglesby Illinois (1865 - 1869)
(1873 - 1873)
(1885 - 1889)
Republican
Gov. Richard Yates Illinois (1861 - 1865)
Republican
Gov. John Wood Illinois (1860 - 1861)
Republican
Gov. William Henry Bissell Illinois (1857 - 1860)
Democrat, Republican
Gov. Joel Aldrich Matteson Illinois (1853 - 1857)
Democrat
Gov. Augustus C. French Illinois (1846 - 1853)
Democrat
Gov. Thomas Ford Illinois (1842 - 1846)
Democrat
Gov. Thomas Carlin Illinois (1838 - 1842)
Democrat
Gov. Joseph Duncan Illinois (1834 - 1838)
Democrat
Gov. William Lee Davidson Ewing Illinois (1834 - 1834)
Democrat
Gov. John Reynolds Illinois (1830 - 1834)
Democrat
Gov. Ninian Edwards Illinois (1826 - 1830)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Edward Coles Illinois (1822 - 1826)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Shadrack Bond Illinois (1818 - 1822)
Democratic-Republican