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List of Governors of West Virginia

List of Governors of West Virginia
PostGovernor
BodyWest Virginia
InsigniaSeal of the Governor of West Virginia.jpg
Insigniasize150px
InsigniacaptionSeal of the Governor
Imagesize200px
IncumbentEarl Ray Tomblin (acting)
IncumbentsinceNovember 15, 2010
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceWest Virginia Governor's Mansion
TermlengthFour years, renewable once
FormationJune 20, 1863
InauguralArthur I. Boreman
DeputyNone
Salary$150,000 (2009)

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The Governor of West Virginia is the head of the executive branch of West Virginia's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the West Virginia Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and, except when prosecution has been carried out by the House of Delegates, to grant pardons and reprieves.

Since West Virginia became a state, it has had 35 governors; 33 different men have held the office (Arch A. Moore, Jr. and Cecil H. Underwood each served two nonconsecutive governorships). Six governors in the state's history have served multiple terms. The longest-serving governor was Moore, who served for three terms over twelve years. The state's first governor, Arthur I. Boreman, served the most consecutive terms, resigning a week before the end of his third term. Daniel D.T. Farnsworth was Senate President at the time; he filled the last seven days of Boreman's term and remains the shortest-serving governor. Underwood has the unusual distinction of being both the youngest person to be elected as governor (age 34 upon his first term in 1957) and the oldest to both be elected and serve (age 74 upon his second term in 1997; age 78 at the end of his second term in 2001).

The current acting governor is Earl Ray Tomblin, who became such on November 15, 2010, upon the resignation of Joe Manchin to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Tomblin's gubernatorial term expires on or before November 15, 2011, exactly one year after he took the oath of office, according to a ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. A special election for the seat is scheduled for October 4, 2011.

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# Governor Term start Term end Party Terms
1 Arthur I. Boreman June 20, 1863 February 26, 1869 Republican  
 
2 Daniel D. T. Farnsworth February 26, 1869 March 4, 1869 Republican  
 
3 William E. Stevenson March 4, 1869 March 4, 1871 Republican 2
4 John J. Jacob March 4, 1871 March 4, 1877 Democratic 2

Independent
5 Henry M. Mathews March 4, 1877 March 4, 1881 Democratic 1
6 Jacob B. Jackson March 4, 1881 March 4, 1885 Democratic 1
7 Emanuel Willis Wilson March 4, 1885 February 6, 1890 Democratic 1
 
8 Aretas B. Fleming February 6, 1890 March 4, 1893 Democratic 1
9 William A. MacCorkle March 4, 1893 March 4, 1897 Democratic 1
10 George W. Atkinson March 4, 1897 March 4, 1901 Republican 1
11 Albert B. White March 4, 1901 March 4, 1905 Republican 1
12 William M. O. Dawson March 4, 1905 March 4, 1909 Republican 1
13 William E. Glasscock March 4, 1909 March 14, 1913 Republican 1
14 Henry D. Hatfield March 14, 1913 March 5, 1917 Republican 1
15 John J. Cornwell March 5, 1917 March 4, 1921 Democratic 1
16 Ephraim F. Morgan March 4, 1921 March 4, 1925 Republican 1
17 Howard M. Gore March 4, 1925 March 4, 1929 Republican 1
18 William G. Conley March 4, 1929 March 4, 1933 Republican 1
19 Herman G. Kump March 4, 1933 January 18, 1937 Democratic 1
20 Homer A. Holt January 18, 1937 January 13, 1941 Democratic 1
21 Matthew M. Neely January 13, 1941 January 15, 1945 Democratic 1
22 Clarence W. Meadows January 15, 1945 January 17, 1949 Democratic 1
23 Okey L. Patteson January 17, 1949 January 19, 1953 Democratic 1
24 William C. Marland January 19, 1953 January 14, 1957 Democratic 1
25 Cecil H. Underwood January 14, 1957 January 16, 1961 Republican 1
26 William Wallace Barron January 16, 1961 January 18, 1965 Democratic 1
27 Hulett C. Smith January 18, 1965 January 13, 1969 Democratic 1
28 Arch A. Moore, Jr. January 13, 1969 January 17, 1977 Republican 2
29 Jay Rockefeller January 17, 1977 January 14, 1985 Democratic 2
30 Arch A. Moore, Jr. January 14, 1985 January 16, 1989 Republican 1
31 Gaston Caperton January 16, 1989 January 13, 1997 Democratic 2
32 Cecil H. Underwood January 13, 1997 January 15, 2001 Republican 1
33 Bob Wise January 15, 2001 January 17, 2005 Democratic 1
34 Joe Manchin January 17, 2005 November 15, 2010 Democratic  
35 Earl Ray Tomblin November 15, 2010 Incumbent Democratic  
 

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. House U.S. Senate Source
Arthur I. Boreman 1863 1869 - S*
George W. Atkinson 1897 1901 H -
Henry D. Hatfield 1913 1917 - S
Matthew M. Neely 1941 1945 H S†
Arch A. Moore, Jr. 1969 1977
1985 1989
H -
Jay Rockefeller 1977 1985 - S
Bob Wise 2001 2005 H -
Joe Manchin 2005 2010 - S*

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Hulett C. Smith 1965 1969 October 21, 1918(age 96)
Arch A. Moore, Jr. 1969 1977
1985 1989
April 16, 1923(age 91)
Jay Rockefeller 1977 1985 June 18, 1937(age 77)
Gaston Caperton 1989 1997 February 21, 1940(age 74)
Bob Wise 2001 2005 January 6, 1948(age 66)
Joe Manchin 2005 2010 August 24, 1947(age 67)

Governors of West Virginia

Boreman * Farnsworth * Stevenson * Jacob * Mathews * Jackson * Wilson * Fleming * MacCorkle * Atkinson * White * Dawson * Glasscock * Hatfield * Cornwell * Morgan * Gore * Conley * Kump * Holt * Neely * Meadows * Patteson * Marland * Underwood * Barron * Smith * Moore * Rockefeller * Moore * Caperton * Underwood * Wise * Manchin

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