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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