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Indiana Governor History

Governor History > By Year By Year

In January 2006, the governor designated the south wall of the governor’s office as a place for portraits of historically important Hoosiers – a change in the longstanding tradition of hanging portraits solely of former governors. The portraits, which are loaned to the state, are part of a rotating exhibit that is updated periodically.

Territorial Governors

  1. William Henry Harrison (1773-1841)
    May 13, 1800-December 28, 1812
  2. John Gibson (1740-1822)
    July 4, 1800-January 10, 1801
    June, 1812-May, 1813
  3. Thomas Posey (1750-1818)
    March 3, 1813-November 7, 1816

Governors of the State of Indiana

  1. Jonathan Jennings (1784-1834)
    November 7, 1816-September 12, 1822
  2. Ratliff Boon (1781-1844)
    September 12-December 5, 1822
  3. William Hendricks (1782-1850)
    December 5, 1822-February 12, 1825
  4. James Brown Ray (1794-1848)
    February 12, 1825-December 7, 1831
  5. Noah Noble (1794-1844)
    December 7, 1831-December 6, 1837
  6. David Wallace (1799-1859)
    December 6, 1837-December 9, 1840
  7. Samuel Bigger (1802-1846)
    December 9, 1840-December 6, 1843
  8. James Whitcomb (1795-1852)
    December 6, 1843-December 26, 1848
  9. Paris Chipman Dunning (1806-1884)
    December 26, 1848-December 5, 1849
  10. Joseph Albert Wright (1810-1867)
    December 5, 1849-January 12, 1857
  11. Ashbel Parsons Willard (1820-1860)
    January 12, 1857-October 4, 1860
  12. Abram Adams Hammond (1814-1874)
    October 4, 1860-January 14, 1861
  13. Henry Smith Lane (1811-1881)
    January 14-16, 1861
  14. Oliver Perry Morton (1823-1877)
    January 16, 1861-January 23, 1867
  15. Conrad Baker (1817-1885)
    January 23, 1867-January 13, 1873
  16. Thomas Andrews Hendricks (1819-1885)
    January 13, 1873-January 8, 1877
  17. James Douglas Williams (1808-1880)
    January 8, 1877-November 20, 1880
  18. Isaac Pusey Gray (1825-1895)
    November 20, 1880-January 10, 1881
  19. Albert Gallatin Porter (1824-1897)
    January 10, 1881-January 12, 1885
  20. Isaac Pusey Gray (1825-1895)
    January 12, 1885-January 14, 1889
  21. Alvin Peterson Hovey (1821-1891)
    January 14, 1889-November 23, 1891
  22. Ira Joy Chase (1834-1895)
    November 23, 1891-January 9, 1893
  23. Claude Matthews (1845-1898)
    January 9, 1893-January 11, 1897
  24. James Atwell Mount (1843-1901)
    January 11, 1897-January 14, 1901
  25. Winfield Taylor Durbin (1847-1928)
    January 14, 1901-January 9, 1905
  26. James Frank Hanly (1863-1920)
    January 9, 1905-January 11, 1909
  27. Thomas Riley Marshall (1854-1925)
    January 11, 1909-January 13, 1913
  28. Samuel Moffett Ralston (1857-1925)
    January 13, 1913-January 8, 1917
  29. James Putnam Goodrich (1864-1940)
    January 8, 1917-January 10, 1921
  30. Warren Terry McCray (1865-1938)
    January 10, 1921-April 30, 1924
  31. Emmett Forrest Branch (1874-1932)
    April 30, 1924-January 12, 1925
  32. Edward L. Jackson (1873-1954)
    January 12, 1925-January 14, 1929
  33. Harry Guyer Leslie (1878-1937)
    January 14, 1929-January 9, 1933
  34. Paul Vories McNutt (1891-1955)
    January 9, 1933-January 11, 1937
  35. Maurice Clifford Townsend (1884-1954)
    January 11, 1937-January 13, 1941
  36. Henry Frederick Schricker (1883-1966)
    January 13, 1941-January 8, 1945
  37. Ralph F. Gates (1893-1978)
    January 8, 1945-January 10, 1949
  38. Henry Frederick Schricker (1883-1966)
    January 10, 1949-January 12, 1953
  39. George N. Craig (1909-1992)
    January 12, 1953-January 14, 1957
  40. Harold W. Handley (1909-1972)
    January 14, 1957-January 9, 1961
  41. Matthew E. Welsh (1912-1995)
    January 9, 1961-January 11, 1965
  42. Roger D. Branigin (1902-1975)
    January 11, 1965-January 13, 1969
  43. Edgar D. Whitcomb (b. 1917)
    January 13, 1969-January 9, 1973
  44. Otis R. Bowen (1918-2013)
    January 9, 1973-January 13, 1981
  45. Robert D. Orr (1917-2004)
    January 13, 1981-January 9, 1989
  46. Evan Bayh (b. 1955)
    January 9, 1989-January 13, 1997
  47. Frank O'Bannon (1930-2003)
    January 13, 1997-September 13, 2003
  48. Joseph E. Kernan (b. 1946)
    September 13, 2003-January 10, 2005
  49. Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. (b. 1949)
    January 10, 2005-