List of Governors of Oklahoma

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Standard of the Governor of Oklahoma
Number of Governors of Oklahoma by party affiliation
Party Governors
Democratic 22
Republican 5
Number of Governors of Oklahoma Territory by party affiliation
Party Governors
Republican 6
Democratic 1

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.

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

# Picture Governor Party Took office Left office Appointed by Notes
1 75px George Washington Steele Republican May 22, 1890 October 18, 1891 Benjamin Harrison
75px Robert Martin Republican October 18, 1891 February 1, 1892 Acting governor
2 75px Abraham Jefferson Seay Republican February 1, 1892 May 7, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3 75px William Cary Renfrow Democratic May 7, 1893 January 31, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4 75px Cassius M. Barnes Republican January 31, 1897 April 15, 1901 William McKinley
5 75px William Miller Jenkins Republican April 15, 1901 November 30, 1901 William McKinley
75px William C. Grimes Republican November 30, 1901 December 9, 1901 Acting governor
6 75px Thompson Benton Ferguson Republican December 9, 1901 January 5, 1906 Theodore Roosevelt
7 75px Frank Frantz Republican January 5, 1906 November 16, 1907 Theodore Roosevelt

Governors of the State of Oklahoma

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

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

# Picture Governor Party Took office Left office Notes
1 75px Charles N. Haskell Democratic November 16, 1907 January 9, 1911
2 75px Lee Cruce Democratic January 9, 1911 January 11, 1915
3 75px R. L. Williams Democratic January 11, 1915 January 13, 1919
4 75px James B. A. Robertson Democratic January 13, 1919 January 8, 1923
5 75px Jack C. Walton Democratic January 8, 1923 November 19, 1923
6 No image.svg Martin E. Trapp Democratic November 19, 1923 January 10, 1927
7 No image.svg Henry S. Johnston Democratic January 10, 1927 March 20, 1929
8 75px William J. Holloway Democratic March 20, 1929 January 1, 1931
9 75px William H. Murray Democratic January 1, 1931 January 14, 1935
10 75px Ernest W. Marland Democratic January 14, 1935 January 9, 1939
11 75px Leon C. Phillips Democratic January 9, 1939 January 11, 1943
12 Robert S. Kerr.jpg Robert S. Kerr Democratic January 11, 1943 January 13, 1947
13 No image.svg Roy J. Turner Democratic January 13, 1947 January 8, 1951
14 No image.svg Johnston Murray Democratic January 8, 1951 January 10, 1955
15 No image.svg Raymond D. Gary Democratic January 10, 1955 January 12, 1959
16 75px J. Howard Edmondson Democratic January 12, 1959 January 6, 1963
17 75px George Nigh Democratic January 6, 1963 January 14, 1963
18 75px Henry Bellmon Republican January 14, 1963 January 9, 1967
19 75px Dewey F. Bartlett Republican January 9, 1967 January 11, 1971
20 No image.svg David Hall Democratic January 11, 1971 January 13, 1975
21 Sendavidlboren.jpg David L. Boren Democratic January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979
22 75px George Nigh Democratic January 8, 1979 January 12, 1987
23 75px Henry Bellmon Republican January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991
24 No image.svg David Walters Democratic January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995
25 75px Frank Keating Republican January 9, 1995 January 13, 2003
26 75px Brad Henry Democratic January 13, 2003 January 10, 2011
27 Mary Fallin official 110th Congress photo.jpg Mary Fallin Republican January 10, 2011 Incumbent

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-Present H

Living former U.S. governors of Oklahoma

As of May 2015, there are six former U.S. governors of Oklahoma who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of Oklahoma being George Nigh (1963, 1979-1987, born 1927). The most recent U.S. governor of Oklahoma to die was Henry Bellmon (1963–1967, 1987–1991), on September 29, 2009; he is also the U.S. governor of Oklahoma who served most recently to have died.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George Nigh 1963
1979–1987
(1927-06-09) June 9, 1927 (age 91)
David Hall 1971–1975 (1930-10-20) October 20, 1930 (age 88)
David L. Boren 1975–1979 (1941-04-21) April 21, 1941 (age 78)
David Walters 1991–1995 (1951-11-20) November 20, 1951 (age 67)
Frank Keating 1995–2003 (1944-02-10) February 10, 1944 (age 75)
Brad Henry 2003–2011 (1963-07-10) July 10, 1963 (age 55)

See also