Governors of Alabama

How Many Governors Has The State of Alabama Had?

Alabama officially became a state on December 14, 1819. As a result, the state has had quite a few governors since it gained statehood back in 1819. The very first governor of the state of Alabama was Thomas Bibb, whose term as the first governor of the state started on July 10, 1820.

Since Alabama became a state in 1819, it has had a total of 54 governors. Another thing to note is that most Alabama governors since the mid-1990s have been Republicans. The only Democratic governor of the state of Alabama since 1995 was Don Siegelman. Kay Ivey is the current governor of Alabama and she is another Republican governor.

List of Alabama Governors

As previously stated, the state of Alabama has had 54 governors in total since it gained statehood in 1819. The very first governor of the state of Alabama was Thomas Bibb. His successor was Israel Pickens, who served as Alabama governor from 1821-25.

Name Term Start Term End Party
William Wyatt BibbNov 9, 1819Jul 10, 1820Democratic-Republican
Thomas BibbJul 10, 1820Nov 9, 1821Democratic-Republican
Israel PickensNov 9, 1821Nov 25, 1825Democratic-Republican
John MurphyNov 25, 1825Nov 25, 1829Jackson Democrat
Gabriel MooreNov 25, 1829Mar 3, 1831Jackson Democrat
Samuel B. MooreMar 3, 1831Nov 26, 1831Democratic
John GayleNov 26, 1831Nov 21, 1835Democratic
Clement Comer ClayNov 21, 1835Jul 17, 1837Democratic
Hugh McVayJul 17, 1837Nov 21, 1837Democratic
Arthur P. BagbyNov 21, 1837Nov 22, 1841Democratic
Benjamin FitzpatrickNov 22, 1841Dec 10, 1845Democratic
Joshua L. MartinDec 10, 1845Dec 16, 1847Independent
Reuben ChapmanDec 16, 1847Dec 17, 1849Democratic
Henry W. CollierDec 17, 1849Dec 20, 1853Democratic
John A. WinstonDec 20, 1853Dec 1, 1857Democratic
Andrew B. MooreDec 1, 1857Dec 2, 1861Democratic
John Gill ShorterDec 2, 1861Dec 1, 1863Democratic
Thomas H. WattsDec 1, 1863May 3, 1865Whig
Lewis E. ParsonsJun 21, 1865Dec 13, 1865
Robert M. PattonDec 13, 1865Jul 14, 1868Pre-War Whig
Wager SwayneMar 2, 1867Jan 11, 1868
William Hugh SmithJul 14, 1868Nov 26, 1870Republican
Robert B. LindsayNov 26, 1870Nov 25, 1872Democratic
David P. LewisNov 17, 1872Nov 24, 1874Republican
George S. HoustonNov 24, 1874Nov 27, 1878Democratic
Rufus W. CobbNov 27, 1878Dec 1, 1882Democratic
Edward A. O'NealDec 1, 1882Dec 1, 1886Democratic
Thomas SeayDec 1, 1886Dec 1, 1890Democratic
Thomas G. JonesDec 1, 1890Dec 1, 1894Democratic
William C. OatesDec 1, 1894Dec 1, 1896Democratic
Joseph F. JohnstonDec 1, 1896Dec 1, 1900Democratic
William D. JelksDec 1, 1900Dec 26, 1900Democratic
William D. JelksJun 11, 1901Jan 14, 1907Democratic
B. B. ComerJan 14, 1907Jan 16, 1911Democratic
Emmet O'NealJan 17, 1911Jan 18, 1915Democratic
Charles HendersonJan 19, 1915Jan 20, 1919Democratic
Thomas KilbyJan 21, 1919Jan 15, 1923Democratic
William W. BrandonJan 16, 1923Jan 17, 1927Democratic
Bibb GravesJan 18, 1927Jan 19, 1931Democratic
Benjamin M. MillerJan 20, 1931Jan 14, 1935Democratic
Bibb GravesJan 15, 1935Jan 16, 1939Democratic
Frank M. DixonJan 17, 1939Jan 18, 1943Democratic
Chauncey SparksJan 19, 1943Jan 20, 1947Democratic
Jim FolsomJan 21, 1947Jan 15, 1951Democratic
Gordon PersonsJan 16, 1951Jan 17, 1955Democratic
Jim FolsomJan 18, 1955Jan 19, 1959Democratic
John Malcolm PattersonJan 20, 1959Jan 14, 1963Democratic
George WallaceJan 15, 1963Jan 16, 1967Democratic
Lurleen WallaceJan 17, 1967May 7, 1968Democratic
Albert BrewerMay 7, 1968Jan 18, 1971Democratic
George WallaceJan 19, 1971Jan 15, 1979Democratic
Fob JamesJan 16, 1979Jan 17, 1983Democratic
George WallaceJan 18, 1983Jan 19, 1987Democratic
H. Guy HuntJan 20, 1987Apr 22, 1993Republican
Jim Folsom Jr.Apr 22, 1993Jan 16, 1995Democratic
Fob JamesJan 17, 1995Jan 18, 1999Republican
Don SiegelmanJan 19, 1999Jan 20, 2003Democratic
Bob RileyJan 21, 2003Jan 17, 2011Republican
Robert J. BentleyJan 18, 2011Apr 10, 2017Republican
Kay IveyApr 10, 2017-Republican