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Georgia Governors


Historical List of Georgia Governors

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, Georgia chief executives have carried the title of ‘governor.’

Trustee Period

  • James Edward Oglethorpe, Resident Trustee - 1733-1743 (The charter of the Georgia prohibited trustees from holding any formal office in the colony. Though he held no civilian title, James Oglethorpe represented the trustees during his stay in Georgia and served as de facto chief executive)
  • William Stephens, President - 1743-1751
  • Henry Parker , President - 1751-1752
  • Patrick Graham , President - 1752-1754

Royal Period

  • John Reynolds, Royal Governor - 1754-1757
  • Henry Ellis, Royal Governor - 1757-1760
  • James Wright, Royal Governor - 1760-1776 (When the revolutionaries took control in 1776, Wright fled from Georgia. he returned in 1779 and continued as royal governor of the British-held part of Georgia until 1782)

Provisional Period

Revolutionary War Period Note: Since there were two governments during part of this period - the Revolutionary government and the restored Royal government - there will be some overlap in dates

  • Archibald Bulloch, President of Council of Safety - 1776-1777
  • Button Gwinnett, President of Council of Safety - 1777
  • John Adam Treutlen - 1777-1778
  • John Houstoun - 1778-1779
  • Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell (Provisional Royal Governor) - 1778-1779
  • William Glascock, President of Executive Council - 1779
  • Seth John Cuthbert, President of Supreme Executive Council - 1779
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jacques Marcus Prevost (Provisional Royal Governor) - 1779
  • John Wereat, President of Supreme Executive Council - 1779-1780 (The patriots were divided into two factions. One elected Wereat and the other elected George Walton)
  • George Walton, elected by irregular assembly - 1779-1780 (The patriots were divided into two factions. One elected Walton and the other elected John Wereat)
  • Richard Howley - 1780 (Howley was elected both governor and representative to the Continental Congress. He chose to go to Congress in February)
  • Humphrey Wells - 1780
  • Stephen Heard, President of Executive Council - 1780 (The office of governor was briefly held by George Wells, President of the Executive Council, who was killed in a duel with James Jackson. For two days, he was replaced by Humphrey Wells before Stephen Heard took office)
  • Myrick Davies, President of Executive Council - 1780-1781 (When Stephen Heard moved to North Carolina, he was briefly replaced by Myrick Davies, who was killed. Nathan Brownson was then chosen by the General Assembly)
  • Nathan Brownson - 1781-1782
  • James Wright, Restored Royal Governor - 1779-1782

Statehood

Georgia Governor’s Term of Office As Provided for by Georgia Constitutions

Year Established Length of Term Consecutive Terms Allowed Other Restrictions
1777 1 Year No Not eligible for reelection until 2 years out of office
1789 2 Years Yes No restrictions on reelection
1865 2 Years Yes-two Not eligible for reelection until 4 years after second term
1868 4 Years Yes No restrictions on reelection
1877 2 Years Yes-two Not eligible for reelection until 4 years after second term
1941 4 Years No Not eligible for reelection until 4 years from previous term
1977 4 Years Yes-two Not eligible for reelection until 4 years from second term