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Number of Governors of Illinois by party affiliation
Party Governors
Republican 23
Democratic 17
Democratic-Republican 3
The following is a list of Governors of the State of Illinoismarker and Illinois Territory.



Governor of Illinois Territory

Illinois Territory was formed on March 1, 1809.

# Name Picture Took office Left office Party
1 Ninian Edwards March 1, 1809 October 6, 1818 Democratic-Republican


Governors of the State of Illinois

# Governor Picture Took office Left office Party Lt. Governor Notes
1 Shadrach Bond October 6, 1818 December 5, 1822 Democratic-Republican Pierre Menard
2 Edward Coles December 5, 1822 December 6, 1826 Democratic-Republican Adolphus Hubbard
3 Ninian Edwards December 6, 1826 December 6, 1830 Democratic-Republican William Kinney
4 John Reynolds December 6, 1830 November 17, 1834 Democratic Zadok Casey
William Lee D. Ewing
5 William Lee D. Ewing November 17, 1834 December 3, 1834 Democratic vacant
6 Joseph Duncan December 3, 1834 December 7, 1838 Democratic Alexander Jenkins
William H. Davidson
7 Thomas Carlin December 7, 1838 December 8, 1842 Democratic Stinson Anderson
8 Thomas Ford December 8, 1842 December 9, 1846 Democratic John Moore
9 Augustus C. French December 9, 1846 January 10, 1853 Democratic Joseph Wells
William McMurtry
10 Joel Aldrich Matteson January 10, 1853 January 12, 1857 Democratic Gustavus Koerner
11 William Henry Bissell January 12, 1857 March 18, 1860 Republican John Wood
12 John Wood March 18, 1860 January 14, 1861 Republican Thomas Marshall
13 Richard Yates January 14, 1861 January 16, 1865 Republican Francis Hoffmann
14 Richard J. Oglesby January 16, 1865 January 11, 1869 Republican William Bross
15 John M. Palmer January 11, 1869 January 13, 1873 Republican John Dougherty
14 Richard J. Oglesby January 13, 1873 January 23, 1873 Republican John Lourie Beveridge
16 John Lourie Beveridge January 23, 1873 January 8, 1877 Republican John Early
Archibald Glenn
17 Shelby Moore Cullom January 8, 1877 February 16, 1883 Republican Andrew Shuman
John Marshall Hamilton
18 John Marshall Hamilton February 16, 1883 January 30, 1885 Republican William Campbell
14 Richard J. Oglesby January 30, 1885 January 14, 1889 Republican John Smith
19 Joseph W. Fifer January 14, 1889 January 10, 1893 Republican Lyman Ray
20 John Peter Altgeld January 10, 1893 January 11, 1897 Democratic Joseph B. Gill
21 John R. Tanner January 11, 1897 January 14, 1901 Republican William Northcott
22 Richard Yates January 14, 1901 January 9, 1905 Republican William Northcott
23 Charles S. Deneen January 9, 1905 February 3, 1913 Republican Lawrence Sherman
John G. Oglesby
24 Edward F. Dunne February 3, 1913 January 8, 1917 Democratic Barratt O'Hara
25 Frank O. Lowden January 8, 1917 January 10, 1921 Republican John G. Oglesby
26 Len Small January 10, 1921 January 14, 1929 Republican Fred Sterling
27 Louis L. Emmerson January 14, 1929 January 9, 1933 Republican Fred Sterling
28 Henry Horner January 9, 1933 October 6, 1940 Democratic Thomas Donovan
John Henry Stelle
29 John H. Stelle October 6, 1940 January 13, 1941 Democratic vacant
30 Dwight H. Green January 13, 1941 January 10, 1949 Republican Hugh W. Cross
31 Adlai E. Stevenson II January 10, 1949 January 12, 1953 Democratic Sherwood Dixon
32 William G. Stratton January 12, 1953 January 9, 1961 Republican John William Chapman
33 Otto Kerner, Jr. January 9, 1961 May 21, 1968 Democratic Samuel H. Shapiro
34 Samuel H. Shapiro May 21, 1968 January 13, 1969 Democratic vacant
35 Richard Buell Ogilvie January 13, 1969 January 8, 1973 Republican Paul Simon
36 Daniel Walker January 8, 1973 January 10, 1977 Democratic Neil Hartigan
37 James R. Thompson January 10, 1977 January 14, 1991 Republican Dave O'Neal
George H. Ryan
38 Jim Edgar January 14, 1991 January 11, 1999 Republican Bob Kustra
39 George H. Ryan January 11, 1999 January 13, 2003 Republican Corinne Wood
40 Rod R. Blagojevich January 13, 2003 January 29, 2009 Democratic Pat Quinn
41 Pat Quinn January 29, 2009 incumbent Democratic vacant


Notes

  1. Resigned to take elected seat in the United States House of Representatives.
  2. As acting lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  3. Died in office.
  4. based on Rod R. Blagojevich, 40th governor and Jim Edgar is the 38th, Oglesby was the 14th governor all three occasions.
  5. Resigned so that Lieutenant Governor Beveridge would appoint him to the United States Senate.
  6. Resigned to take elected seat in the United States Senate.
  7. Resigned to take seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  8. Impeached and removed from office on charges of corruption.
  9. Governor Quinn's first term expires in 2011; he is not term limited.
  10. As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.


Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional seats and other federal offices held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Illinois. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Name Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Ninian Edwards 1809–1818 (territorial), 1826–1830 S
Shadrach Bond 1818–1822 Territorial Delegate
John Reynolds 1830–1834 H*
William Lee D. Ewing 1834 S
Joseph Duncan 1834–1838 H
William Henry Bissell 1857–1860 H
Richard Yates 1861–1865 H S
Richard J. Oglesby 1865–1869, 1873, 1885–1889 S*
John M. Palmer 1869–1873 S
Shelby Moore Cullom 1877–1883 H S*
Richard Yates 1901–1905 H
Charles S. Deneen 1905–1913 S
Frank O. Lowden 1917–1921 H
Adlai Stevenson 1949–1953 Ambassador to the United Nations
William Stratton 1953–1961 H
Otto Kerner, Jr. 1961–1968 Seventh Circuit Court Judge*
Rod Blagojevich 2003–2009 H


Living former governors

, five former governors were alive. The most recent governor to die was William Stratton (1953–1961), on March 2, 2001. The most recently serving governor to die was Richard B. Ogilvie (1969–1973), on May 10, 1988.


Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Daniel Walker 1973–1977
James R. Thompson 1977–1991
Jim Edgar 1991–1999
George Ryan 1999–2003
Rod Blagojevich 2003–2009


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