Standard of the Governor of Oklahoma
Standard of the Governor of Oklahoma

The following is a list of governors of the State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Territory.

List of Governors

Governors of Oklahoma Territory

Oklahoma Territory was formally organized on May 2, 1890.

As secretaries of Oklahoma Territory in 1891 and 1901 respectively, Robert Martin and William C. Grimes both served as acting governor whenever the presidentially appointed governorship was vacant.

No. Governor
(Birth–Death)
Party Term in office Appointing President
  Republican (6)       Democratic (1)     
1
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  George Washington Steele
(1839–1922)
Republican May 22, 1890

October 18, 1891
Benjamin Harrison
Acting
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  Robert Martin
(1833–1897)
Republican October 18, 1891

February 1, 1892
2
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  Abraham Jefferson Seay
(1832–1915)
Republican February 1, 1892

May 7, 1893
Benjamin Harrison
3
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  William Cary Renfrow
(1845–1922)
Democratic May 7, 1893

January 31, 1897
Grover Cleveland
4
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  Cassius M. Barnes
(1845–1925)
Republican January 31, 1897

April 15, 1901
William McKinley
5
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  William Miller Jenkins
(1856–1941)
Republican April 15, 1901

November 30, 1901
Acting
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  William C. Grimes
(1857–1931)
Republican November 30, 1901

December 9, 1901
6
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  Thompson Benton Ferguson
(1857–1921)
Republican December 9, 1901

January 5, 1906
Theodore Roosevelt
7
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  Frank Frantz
(1872–1941)
Republican January 5, 1906

November 16, 1907

Governors of the State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory joined the Union as the State of Oklahoma on November 16, 1907.

No. Governor
(Birth–Death)
Party Term in office Election Lt. Governor
  Republican (6)       Democratic (21)     
1
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  Charles N. Haskell
(1860–1933)
Democratic November 16, 1907

January 9, 1911
1907   George W. Bellamy
2
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  Lee Cruce
(1863–1933)
Democratic January 9, 1911

January 11, 1915
1910   J. J. McAlester
3
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  Robert L. Williams
(1868–1948)
Democratic January 11, 1915

January 13, 1919
1914   Martin E. Trapp
4
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  James B. A. Robertson
(1871–1938)
Democratic January 13, 1919

January 8, 1923
1918
5
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  Jack C. Walton
(1881–1949)
Democratic January 8, 1923

November 19, 1923[1]
1922
6
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  Martin E. Trapp
(1877–1951)
Democratic November 19, 1923

January 10, 1927
Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
[2]
Office vacant
7
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  Henry S. Johnston
(1867–1965)
Democratic January 10, 1927

March 20, 1929[3]
1926   William J. Holloway
8
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  William J. Holloway
(1888–1970)
Democratic March 20, 1929

January 1, 1931
Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
[4]
Office vacant
9
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  William H. Murray
(1869–1956)
Democratic January 1, 1931

January 14, 1935
1930   Robert Burns
10
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  E. W. Marland
(1874–1941)
Democratic January 15, 1935

January 9, 1939
1934   James E. Berry
11
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  Leon C. Phillips
(1890–1958)
Democratic January 9, 1939

January 11, 1943
1938
12
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  Robert S. Kerr
(1896–1963)
Democratic January 11, 1943

January 13, 1947
1942
13
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  Roy J. Turner
(1894–1973)
Democratic January 13, 1947

January 8, 1951
1946
14
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  Johnston Murray
(1902–1974)
Democratic January 8, 1951

January 10, 1955
1950
15
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  Raymond D. Gary
(1908–1993)
Democratic January 10, 1955

January 12, 1959
1954   Cowboy Pink Williams
16
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  J. Howard Edmondson
(1925–1971)
Democratic January 12, 1959

January 6, 1963[5]
1958   George Nigh[6]
17
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  George Nigh
(b. 1927)
Democratic January 6, 1963

January 14, 1963
Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Office vacant
18
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  Henry Bellmon
(1921–2009)
Republican January 14, 1963

January 9, 1967
1962   Leo Winters
19
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  Dewey F. Bartlett
(1919–1979)
Republican January 9, 1967

January 11, 1971
1966   George Nigh
20
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  David Hall
(1930–2016)
Democratic January 11, 1971

January 13, 1975
1970
21
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  David Boren
(b. 1941)
Democratic January 13, 1975

January 8, 1979[7]
1974
22
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  George Nigh
(b. 1927)
Democratic January 8, 1979[8]

January 12, 1987
1978   Spencer Bernard
1982
23
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  Henry Bellmon
(1921–2009)
Republican January 12, 1987

January 14, 1991
1986   Robert S. Kerr III
24
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  David Walters
(b. 1951)
Democratic January 14, 1991

January 9, 1995
1990   Jack Mildren
25
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  Frank Keating
(b. 1944)
Republican January 9, 1995

January 13, 2003
1994   Mary Fallin
1998
26
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  Brad Henry
(b. 1963)
Democratic January 13, 2003

January 10, 2011
2002
2006   Jari Askins
27
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  Mary Fallin
(b. 1954)
Republican January 10, 2011

January 14, 2019
2010   Todd Lamb
2014
28
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  Kevin Stitt
(b. 1972)
Republican January 14, 2019

Incumbent[9]
2018   Matt Pinnell

Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Oklahoma except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
George Washington Steele 1890–1891 (territorial) U.S. Representative from Indiana
William H. Murray 1931–1935 H First Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
E. W. Marland 1935–1939 H
Robert S. Kerr 1943–1947 S
J. Howard Edmondson 1959–1963 S*
Henry Bellmon 1963–1967
1987–1991
S
Dewey F. Bartlett 1967–1971 S
David Boren 1975–1979 S President of the University of Oklahoma
Frank Keating 1995–2003 United States Associate Attorney General; United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Mary Fallin 2011–2019 H

Living former governors of Oklahoma

As of September 2022, there are six former governors of Oklahoma who are currently living at this time, the oldest governor of Oklahoma being George Nigh (served 1963 and 1979–1987, born 1927). The most recent governor to die was David Hall (served 1971–1975, born 1930) on May 6, 2016. The most recently serving governor to die was Henry Bellmon (served 1963–1967 and 1987–1991, born 1921) on September 29, 2009.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George Nigh 1963
1979–1987
(1927-06-09) June 9, 1927 (age 95)
David Boren 1975–1979 (1941-04-21) April 21, 1941 (age 81)
David Walters 1991–1995 (1951-11-20) November 20, 1951 (age 70)
Frank Keating 1995–2003 (1944-02-10) February 10, 1944 (age 78)
Brad Henry 2003–2011 (1963-07-10) July 10, 1963 (age 59)
Mary Fallin 2011–2019 (1954-12-09) December 9, 1954 (age 67)

See also

References

  1. ^ Impeached and removed from office.
  2. ^ Succeeded to Governorship upon Walton's impeachment and removal.
  3. ^ Impeached and removed from office.
  4. ^ Succeeded to Governorship upon Johnston's impeachment and removal from office.
  5. ^ Resigned and appointed to U.S. Senate
  6. ^ Succeeded to Governorship upon Edmondson's resignation
  7. ^ Declined to run for re-election; instead, he ran and won election to the U.S. Senate, and left office five days early to be sworn in.
  8. ^ Elected Governor, but sworn in five days early due to outgoing Governor Boren's election and swearing in as U.S. Senator.
  9. ^ Stitt's first term expires on January 9, 2023.