Mississippi: State Governors: 1817-1865

Governor of the State of Mississippi
7 Oct 1817 - 5 Jan 1820 David Holmes
5 Jan 1820 - 7? Jan 1822 George Poindexter
7? Jan 1822 - 17 Nov 1825 Walter Leake
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Mississippi (ex officio)
17 Nov 1825 - 7 Jan 1826 Gerard Chittocque Brandon
Governor of the State of Mississippi
7 Jan 1826 - 25 Jul 1826 David Holmes (x)
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Mississippi (ex officio) [1]
25 Jul 1826 - 9 Jan 1828 Gerard Chittocque Brandon (x)
Governor of the State of Mississippi
9 Jan 1828 - 9 Jan 1832 Gerard Chittocque Brandon (x)
9 Jan 1832 - 12 Jun 1833 Abram Marshall Scott
President of the Senate (ex officio)
12 Jun 1833 - 21 Nov 1833 Charles Lynch [2]
Governor of the State of Mississippi
21 Nov 1833 - 21 Nov 1835 Hiram George Runnels
21 Nov 1835 - 4 Dec 1835 office vacant [3]
President of the Senate (ex officio)
4 Dec 1835 - 7 Jan 1836 John Anthony Quitman
Governor of the State of Mississippi
7 Jan 1836 - 8 Jan 1838 Charles Lynch (x)
8 Jan 1838 - 10 Jan 1842 Alexander Gallatin McNutt
10 Jan 1842 - 10 Jan 1844 Tilgham Mayfield Tucker
10 Jan 1844 - 10 Jan 1848 Albert Gallatin Brown
10 Jan 1848 - 10 Jan 1850 Joseph Warren Matthews
10 Jan 1850 - 3 Feb 1851 John Anthony Quitman (x)
3 Feb 1851 - 4 Nov 1851 John Isaac Guion
4 Nov 1851 - 25 Nov 1851 office vacant [4]
25 Nov 1851 - 10 Jan 1852 James Whitfield
10 Jan 1852 - 6 Jan 1854 Henry Stuart Foote
6 Jan 1854 - 10 Jan 1854 John Jones Pettus [5]
10 Jan 1854 - 16 Nov 1857 John Jones McRae
16 Nov 1857 - 21 Nov 1859 William McWillie
21 Nov 1859 - 16 Nov 1863 John Jones Pettus (x)
16 Nov 1863 - 22 May 1865 Charles Clark [6]

[1] Also in official use: Exercising the powers and authority of Governor of the State of Mississippi.
[2] The functions of the office of Governor devolved on Lynch as President of the Senate following the death of Scott (12 Jun 1833). Lynch took oath of office 20 Jun 1833.
[3] The Constitution of 1832 provided for exercising the functions of Governor in case of vacancy by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives whose terms expired 21 Nov 1835. A proclamation issued on 21 Nov 1835 by the Secretary of State declared all three offices vacant and convened the Senate for a special session which elected Quitman President of the Senate 4 Dec 1835. Accordingly, Quitman assumed the functions of Governor 4 Dec 1835.
[4] The Constitution of 1832 provided for exercising the functions of Governor in case of vacancy by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives whose terms expired 4 Nov 1851. A proclamation issued on 4 Nov 1851 by the Secretary of State declared all three offices vacant and convened the Senate for a special session which elected Whitfield President of the Senate 25 Nov 1851. Accordingly, Whitfield assumed the functions of Governor 25 Nov 1851.
[5] The resignation of Governor Foote took effect at 12:00 (noon) 6 Jan 1854 at which point President of the Senate Pettus succeeded him in the office of the Governor of the State of Mississippi in accordance with the Constitution of 1832. Pettus took oath of office 7 Jan 1854.
[6] Ceased to exercise the functions of office upon surrendering the great seal of the state.
Last updated on: 16 Dec 2017 02:01:06