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Former Governors' Bios


The NGA Governors Database


This searchable database identifies former governors by state and dates of service. The governors' biographies available on the NGA website provide summary biographical information only and are edited infrequently. For more comprehensive information, please see the resource links and additional references that may be listed on a governor's biography page. To begin your search, please choose a state, commonwealth or territory from the dropdown list or click 'Search Governors' for the advanced search menu.

 

Governor's Name State Time in Office Party
Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin (2011 )
Republican
Gov. Jim Doyle Wisconsin (2003 - 2011 )
Democrat
Gov. Scott McCallum Wisconsin (2001 - 2003 )
Republican
Gov. Tommy G. Thompson Wisconsin (1987 - 2001 )
Republican
Gov. Anthony S. Earl Wisconsin (1983 - 1987 )
Democrat
Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus Wisconsin (1979 - 1983 )
Republican
Gov. Martin James Schreiber Wisconsin (1977 - 1979 )
Democrat
Gov. Patrick Joseph Lucey Wisconsin (1971 - 1977 )
Democrat, Independent
Gov. Warren P. Knowles Wisconsin (1965 - 1971 )
Republican
Gov. John W. Reynolds Wisconsin (1963 - 1965 )
Democrat
Gov. Gaylord Anton Nelson Wisconsin (1959 - 1963 )
Democrat
Gov. Vernon W. Thomson Wisconsin (1957 - 1959 )
Republican
Gov. Walter J. Kohler Wisconsin (1951 - 1957 )
Republican
Gov. Oscar Rennebohm Wisconsin (1947 - 1951 )
Republican
Gov. Walter S. Goodland Wisconsin (1943 - 1947 )
Republican
Gov. Julius Peter Heil Wisconsin (1939 - 1943 )
Republican
Gov. Albert G. Schmedeman Wisconsin (1933 - 1935 )
Democrat
Gov. Phillip F. La Follette Wisconsin (1931 - 1933 )
(1935 - 1939 )
Republican 1st term; Progressive 2nd and 3rd terms
Gov. Walter J. Kohler Wisconsin (1929 - 1931 )
Republican
Gov. Fred R. Zimmerman Wisconsin (1927 - 1929 )
Republican
Gov. John J. Blaine Wisconsin (1921 - 1927 )
Republican
Gov. Emanuel L. Philipp Wisconsin (1915 - 1921 )
Republican
Gov. Francis E. McGovern Wisconsin (1911 - 1915 )
Republican
Gov. James O. Davidson Wisconsin (1906 - 1911 )
Republican
Gov. Robert M. La Follette Wisconsin (1901 - 1906 )
Republican
Gov. Edward Scofield Wisconsin (1897 - 1901 )
Republican
Gov. William H. Upham Wisconsin (1895 - 1897 )
Republican
Gov. George W. Peck Wisconsin (1891 - 1895 )
Democrat
Gov. William Dempster Hoard Wisconsin (1889 - 1891 )
Republican
Gov. Jeremiah M. Rusk Wisconsin (1882 - 1889 )
Republican
Gov. William E. Smith Wisconsin (1878 - 1882 )
Republican
Gov. Harrison Ludington Wisconsin (1876 - 1878 )
Republican
Gov. William R. Taylor Wisconsin (1874 - 1876 )
Democrat
Gov. Cadwallader Colden Washburn Wisconsin (1872 - 1874 )
Republican
Gov. Lucius Fairchild Wisconsin (1866 - 1872 )
Republican
Gov. James Taylor Lewis Wisconsin (1864 - 1866 )
Republican
Gov. Edward Salomon Wisconsin (1862 - 1864 )
Republican
Gov. Louis Powell Harvey Wisconsin (1862 - 1862 )
Republican
Gov. Alexander Williams Randall Wisconsin (1858 - 1862 )
Republican
Gov. Coles Bashford Wisconsin (1856 - 1858 )
Republican
Gov. MacArthur Arthur Wisconsin (1856 - 1856 )
Democrat
Gov. William Augustus Barstow Wisconsin (1854 - 1856 )
Democrat
Gov. Leonard James Farwell Wisconsin (1852 - 1854 )
Whig
Gov. Nelson Dewey Wisconsin (1848 - 1852 )
Democrat