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Tennessee : Past Governors Bios
Governor's Name State Time in Office Party
Gov. Phil Bredesen Tennessee (2003 - 2011)
Democrat
Gov. Don Sundquist Tennessee (1995 - 2003)
Republican
Gov. Ned Ray McWherter Tennessee (1987 - 1995)
Democrat
Gov. Lamar Alexander Tennessee (1979 - 1987)
Republican
Gov. Ray Blanton Tennessee (1975 - 1979)
Democrat
Gov. Bryant Winfield Culberson Dunn Tennessee (1971 - 1975)
Republican
Gov. Earl Buford Ellington Tennessee (1959 - 1963)
(1967 - 1971)
Democrat
Gov. Frank Goad Clement Tennessee (1953 - 1959)
(1963 - 1967)
Democrat
Gov. Jim Nance McCord Tennessee (1945 - 1949)
Democrat
Gov. William Prentice Cooper Tennessee (1939 - 1945)
Democrat
Gov. Gordon Browning Tennessee (1937 - 1939)
(1949 - 1953)
Democrat
Gov. Harry Hill McAlister Tennessee (1933 - 1937)
Democrat
Gov. Henry Hollis Horton Tennessee (1927 - 1933)
Democrat
Gov. Austin Peay III Tennessee (1923 - 1927)
Democrat
Gov. Alfred Alexander Taylor Tennessee (1921 - 1923)
Republican
Gov. Albert Houston Roberts Tennessee (1919 - 1921)
Democrat
Gov. Thomas Clarke Rye Tennessee (1915 - 1919)
Democrat
Gov. Ben Walter Hooper Tennessee (1911 - 1915)
Republican
Gov. Malcolm Rice Patterson Tennessee (1907 - 1911)
Democrat
Gov. John Isaac Cox Tennessee (1905 - 1907)
Democrat
Gov. James Beriah Frazier Tennessee (1903 - 1905)
Democrat
Gov. Benton McMillin Tennessee (1899 - 1903)
Democrat
Gov. Peter Turney Tennessee (1893 - 1897)
Democrat
Gov. John Price Buchanan Tennessee (1891 - 1893)
Farm-Labor
Gov. Robert Love Taylor Tennessee (1887 - 1891)
(1897 - 1899)
Democrat
Gov. William Brimage Bate Tennessee (1883 - 1887)
Democrat
Gov. Alvin Hawkins Tennessee (1881 - 1883)
Republican/Whig
Gov. Albert Smith Marks Tennessee (1879 - 1881)
Democrat
Gov. James Davis Porter Tennessee (1875 - 1879)
Democrat
Gov. John Calvin Brown Tennessee (1871 - 1875)
Democrat/Whig
Gov. DeWitt Clinton Senter Tennessee (1869 - 1871)
Republican/Whig
Gov. William Gannaway Brownlow Tennessee (1865 - 1869)
Whig/Know-Nothing
Gov. Edward Hazzard East Tennessee (1865 - 1865)
Democrat/Opposition Party
Gov. Robert Looney Caruthers Tennessee (1863 - 1863)
Democrat
Gov. Isham Green Harris Tennessee (1857 - 1862)
Democrat
Gov. Andrew Johnson Tennessee (1853 - 1857)
(1862 - 1865)
Democrat
Gov. William Bowen Campbell Tennessee (1851 - 1853)
Whig
Gov. William Trousdale Tennessee (1849 - 1851)
Democrat
Gov. Neill Smith Brown Tennessee (1847 - 1849)
Whig; Know-Nothing
Gov. Aaron Venable Brown Tennessee (1845 - 1847)
Democrat
Gov. James Chamberlain Jones Tennessee (1841 - 1845)
Whig
Gov. James Knox Polk Tennessee (1839 - 1841)
Democrat
Gov. Newton Cannon Tennessee (1835 - 1839)
Whig
Gov. William Hall Tennessee (1829 - 1829)
Democrat
Gov. Samuel Houston Tennessee (1827 - 1829)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. William Carroll Tennessee (1821 - 1827)
(1829 - 1835)
Democratic-Republican (first three terms); Democrat (last three terms)
Gov. Joseph McMinn Tennessee (1815 - 1821)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Willie Blount Tennessee (1809 - 1815)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Archibald Roane Tennessee (1801 - 1803)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. John Sevier Tennessee (1796 - 1801)
(1803 - 1809)
Democratic-Republican