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List of governors of Alabama

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Governor of Alabama
Seal of the Governor of Alabama.svg
Seal of the Governor
Flag of the Governor of Alabama.svg
Standard of the Governor
Kay Ivey

since April 10, 2017
ResidenceAlabama Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
PrecursorGovernor of Alabama Territory
Inaugural holderWilliam Wyatt Bibb
FormationDecember 14, 1819
(199 years ago)
DeputyLieutenant Governor of Alabama
Salary$119,950 (2013)[1]

The Governor of Alabama is the head of government of the U.S. state of Alabama. The governor is the head of the executive branch of Alabama's state government and is charged with enforcing state laws.

There have officially been 54 governors of the state of Alabama; this official numbering skips acting and military governors.[2] The first governor, William Wyatt Bibb, served as the only governor of the Alabama Territory. Five people have served as acting governor, bringing the total number of people serving as governor to 59, spread over 63 distinct terms. Four governors have served multiple non-consecutive terms: Bibb Graves, Jim Folsom, and Fob James each served two, and George Wallace served three non-consecutive periods. Officially, these non-consecutive terms are numbered only with the number of their first term. William D. Jelks also served non-consecutive terms, but his first term was in an acting capacity.

The longest-serving governor was George Wallace, who served 16 years over four terms. The shortest term for a non-acting governor was that of Hugh McVay, who served four and a half months after replacing the resigning Clement Comer Clay. Lurleen Wallace, wife of George Wallace, was the first woman to serve as governor of Alabama, and the third woman to serve as governor of any state. The current governor is Republican Kay Ivey, who took office on April 10, 2017 following Governor Robert J. Bentley's court-mandated resignation following a guilty plea-deal amidst a corruption scandal. She is the second female governor of Alabama.

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I’m Mr. Beat, and I’m running for governor of Kansas in 2018. Here’s Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey. At one time, he was one of the most popular governors in the United States. However, by the time he left office, his approval rating had dropped all the way down to 14%. (Chris Christie clip) Many in New Jersey say he is the worst governor in their state’s history. But what about the worst governors in other states? Based on my research, here are the 10 worst governors in American history that I could find. Oh, and before we get into this list, I didn’t include the governors who are currently in office or recently got out of office. What can I say? We are always biased to have hatred to more recent politicians. #10 Edwin Edwards Governor of Louisiana from 1972 to 1980, 1984 to 1988, and 1992 to 1996, serving 16 years total in office, or 5,784 days, the sixth-longest amount of time in office for any governor since the Constitution. Widely considered one of the most corrupt governors in American history, he actually got caught for racketeering, extortion, money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy. He went to federal prison for eight years. He was unapologetic about receiving illegal campaign donations. He was accused of obstruction of justice and bribery. The only reason why Edwards is not higher up on my list is because is dedication to civil rights and protecting minorities and the poor. #9 Joel Aldrich Matteson Or MATTson. Both pronunciations are correct. I'll call him Mattyson because that's more fun. Oh Louisiana and Illinois. You both have a long history of electing corrupt and just, plain horrible governors. And Matteson is one of them. Governor of Illinois from 1853 to 1857, he actually had a few accomplishments during his tenure. This was when Illinois began public education, and Matteson oversaw a strong economy and the reduction of the state’s debt. However, after he got out of office people started to find out about his shadiness. You see, while in office, Matteson had found essentially IOU money in the form of scrips to pay for the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Even though scrips had already been cashed in, Matteson found out they could be used again due to poor record keeping. So he took a bunch of them for himself and cashed them in later on. They were like blank checks from the state. It was later estimated, that Matteson stole at least $5 million this way, adjusted for inflation. He would have probably stolen more if it weren’t for getting caught. So Matteson stole a bunch of taxpayer money. Oh yeah, and Abraham Lincoln hated him, too, so there’s that. #8 Peter Hardeman Burnett California’s first governor, and probably its worst. He was also the first California governor to resign, in office for just 14 months, from late 1849 to early 1851. He wanted the American West for whites only, supporting laws that banned blacks from living in Oregon when he lived up there and trying to get laws passed in California to ban blacks from living there after it became a state under his watch. He was also outspokenly racist toward Native Americans and Chinese immigrants. He pushed for heavy taxes on immigrants and for Indian removal. Oh, and he wanted the death penalty for theft. Peter, you were not a good start for California. #7 George Wallace Yeah, you’ve probably heard of George Wallace, he’s one of the most infamous in American history and ran for President several times. He was even in Forrest Gump. But if you want a great bio about him, I recommend this video by Connor Higgins. He’s most infamously known for the “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever” and racist stuff of his tenure, in which he embraced the KKK and basically argued that blacks and whites being in the same room was one of the worst things ever. He even freaking stood in front of a door to prevent black students from attending classes at the University of Alabama. But here’s the thing...he lost his first race for governor because he criticized the KKK and spoke out for African Americans. Later in life, after being paralyzed in an assassination attempt, he reversed his ways also by condemning his past racism. This just makes me assume he said whatever the majority of people wanted to hear in his state to get elected. George Wallace, were you racist or were you not? Ok yeah I think he truly was, though. He was so power hungry he got his wife elected after he couldn’t run for re-election due to term limit laws, and to do so, he hid her cancer diagnosis from her. She ended up dying less than 200 days after she took office. The bottom line is, George Wallace was as us vs. them as one could get. He knew how to divide Americans not only in Alabama, but across the country. Wallace would be higher up on this list if not for changing later in life, asking forgiveness from African Americans. "I was wrong. Those days are over, and they ought to be over." #6 Orval Faubus From one Southern racist governor to another, but at least this one has a cool name. Faubus was governor or Arkansas from 1955 to 1967. Now Faubus really just had one major decision that tainted his legacy Similar to Wallace, he was more about his political power, starting out more moderate when it came to civil rights issues, then all of sudden taking a firm pro-segregation stance after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. In 1957, he became internationally infamous in what is known as the Little Rock Crisis. After the federal government ordered racial desegregation, he was like, “nope,” sending the Arkansas National Guard to stop African Americans from attending Little Rock Central High School. President Eisenhower had to send in federal troops to escort them in. And then at the end of the year, the school shut down. What’s frustrating about Faubus is that he really didn’t seem that racist. He just stubbornly did the wrong thing fueled the hatred of blacks in the South. And he never apologized for it, like Wallace did. #5 Lilburn Boggs Governor of Missouri from 1836 to 1840 Boggs is best known for Missouri Executive Order 44, or as many Mormons call it, the “Extermination Order.” It was a response to the growing violence during what became known as the 1838 Mormon War, a series of clashes between Mormons and those they threatened in northeast Missouri. Governor Boggs issued the order to drive Mormons out of the state because of their “open and avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made war upon the people of this State.” He also added, “The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace.” Geez, dude. And yep, it worked. The Mormons fled to the town of Nauvoo, Illinois. Other great stuff about Boggs. He wasted a bunch of taxpayer money building a new capitol. Oh, and he almost caused a war with Iowa Territory due to a border dispute. Actually, it was known as a war. The Honey War. Awwww, what a sweet name for a war. #4 Len Small Well, here we go. Another Illinois governor. In office during the Roaring Twenties, from 1921 to 1929. His corruption started long before he was governor, back when he was the Illinois Treasurer. He was charged with embezzling over a million dollars through money laundering, by “misplacing” state funds into a fake bank. He went to trial for it while he was governor, and despite there being pretty good evidence that he was guilty, got off scot-free. Coincidentally, eight of the jurors who said he was not guilty in his trial later got cushy state jobs, and so did the brothers of the judge in that case. Coincidence? In 1925, when the Illinois Supreme Court said that yep, Small was guilty and he had to pay back that $1 million after all, Small fought back with a legal team and forced his own state employees to help pay for his defense. Small pardoned or released more than 1000 convicted felons, including a dude who was convicted of kidnapping young girls and making them slaves in which they were forced to be prostitutes. Also, Small released a bootlegger who later became the leader of one of the most powerful bootlegging gangs in Chicago. Oh Lenny. I can’t make this stuff up, can I? #3 Wilson Lumpkin Another great name, another bad governor. He was in office for the lovely state of Georgia from 1831 to 1835. He thought his biggest accomplishment, you know, something he was most proud of, was the removal of the peaceful Cherokee Indians from north Georgia. Yep, he was proud of kicking the Cherokee off their land, which led to the Trail of Tears and eventual death of 4,000 people. Wow, Wilson. Just wow. Did I mention he went against the Supreme Court by kicking them out? Check out that decision, by the way, I have a video about that called Worcester v. Georgia. He encouraged white settlers to take their land while they were still there. And did I mention he was a big supporter of slavery? Of course he was. And speaking of slavery... For #2, it’s a tie. In fact, 28 governors all tie for #2 on this list. They are the 28 Southern governors who all agreed to secede from the Union and become leaders in the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Here are their names. I’m not going to read them off for you, but all of them declared allegiance to the Confederacy in the name of preserving the institution of slavery. I’m not going to call them traitors, because they didn’t think they were traitors. But they were wrong, and in my opinion, they do not deserve to be honored. And this last one will likely surprise you… #1 Brigham Young If you’re one of his 1,000 direct descendants, I’m pretty sure you are going to be offended by what I’m about to say. And if you’re Mormon, well I talked trash about Boggs earlier so hopefully this evens out. In case you didn’t know, Brigham Young was governor of the Territory of Utah from 1851 to 1858. Governor? Dictator might be a better word. I mean, he had absolute power. And there was no separation of church and state, it was a theocracy. After he led his Mormon followers into what is now known as Utah, and before the Feds go involved, whatever he said went. He argued slavery was a “divine institution.” Yep, people forget Utah used to allow slavery. Ok, and obviously the polygamy thing. He had 55 wives, for crying out loud. After he couldn’t convert the local Native American population to the Church of Latter Day Saints, he basically ordered to kill them. Yep. Genocide. Ethnic cleansing. And under his watch, the Mountain Meadows Massacre happened. Just Google it. It’s horrific, and it caused him to step down as governor. When the federal government came to challenge him during the Utah War, Young declared marital law and told his followers they may have to burn down their homes, hide in the woods, and conduct guerilla warfare to defend their way of life. He maybe started out as a nice guy, but in the end I think the power corrupted him, as power tends to do. So that’s it. I’m sure that last one surprised you, probably because you didn’t realize how horrible Brigham Young was or maybe you didn't realize he was a governor for a short while. He does have tons of monuments out there celebrating him and even a university named after him that’s one of the biggest universities in the country. Before I go, I want to point out that I was fairly out of my comfort zone when researching for this video There are so many governors in American history. that it's really hard to keep track of them. Plus, there's a lot of really bad ones and a lot of governors that we don't know much about in the early years. So if there are any governors that I did not include, that I totally missed please let me know in the comments. I will not be offended. Just let it all out. I do have a list of honorable mentions. Or should I say "DIShonorable mentions." That I included in the description of this video. They didn't quite make the cut. But as far as I know, this is the only video out there about the worst governors in American history. And thank you to Ian for giving me the idea. This video is dedicated to him. And to his mom. Thank you to you both for your support on Patreon. It means so much. I'll be back with a new episode of Supreme Court Briefs next week. Thank you for watching. And there's just one more thing. I'm really not running for Kansas governor in 2018. I just made that up.



Governor of the Territory of Alabama

Alabama Territory was formed on March 3, 1817, from Mississippi Territory. It had only one governor appointed by the President of the United States before it became a state; he became the first state governor.

Governor of the Territory of Alabama
Governor Term in office Appointed by
William Wyatt Bibb.jpg
William Wyatt Bibb March 6, 1817[a]

November 9, 1819[b]
James Monroe

Governors of the State of Alabama

Seal for use by the Governor-Elect
Seal for use by the Governor-Elect
Governor's Flag 1868–1939
Governor's Flag 1868–1939

Alabama was admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819. It seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, and was a founding member of the Confederate States of America on February 4, 1861. Following the end of the American Civil War, Alabama during Reconstruction was part of the Third Military District, which exerted some control over governor appointments and elections. Alabama was readmitted to the Union on July 14, 1868.

The first Alabama Constitution, ratified in 1819, provided that a governor be elected every two years, limited to serve no more than four out of every six years.[4] This limit remained in place until the constitution of 1868, which simply allowed governors to serve terms of two years.[5] The current constitution of 1901 increased terms to four years,[6] but prohibited governors from succeeding themselves.[7] Amendment 282 to the constitution, passed in 1968, allowed governors to succeed themselves once; a governor serving two consecutive terms can run again after waiting out the next term.[8] The constitution had no set date for the commencement of a governor's term until 1901, when it was set at the first Monday after the second Tuesday in the January following an election.[7] However, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in 1911 that a governor's term ends at midnight at the end of Monday, and the next governor's term begins the next day, regardless of if they were sworn in on Monday.[9]

The office of lieutenant governor was created in 1868,[10] abolished in 1875,[11] and recreated in 1901.[12] According to the current constitution, should the governor be out of the state for more than 20 days, the lieutenant governor becomes acting governor, and if the office of governor becomes vacant the lieutenant governor ascends to the governorship.[13] Earlier constitutions said the powers of the governor devolved upon the successor, rather than them necessarily becoming governor,[14] but the official listing includes these as full governors.[2] The governor and lieutenant governor are not elected on the same ticket.

Alabama was a strongly Democratic state before the Civil War, electing only candidates from the Democratic-Republican and Democratic parties. It had two Republican governors following Reconstruction, but after the Democratic Party re-established control, 112 years passed before voters chose another Republican.

Governors of the State of Alabama[c]
No.[d] Governor Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor[e][f]
William Wyatt Bibb.jpg
  William Wyatt Bibb November 9, 1819[b]

July 10, 1820[15]
(died in office)
1819 Office did not exist
Governor Thomas Bibb.jpg
Thomas Bibb July 10, 1820[g]

November 9, 1821
(not candidate for election)
Succeeded from
President of
the Senate
Israel Pickens November 9, 1821

November 25, 1825
(term limited)
John murphy.jpg
John Murphy November 25, 1825

November 25, 1829
(term limited)
Gabriel Moore November 25, 1829

March 3, 1831
6 Samuel B. Moore March 3, 1831

November 26, 1831
(lost election)
Democratic Succeeded from
President of
the Senate
John Gayle November 26, 1831

November 21, 1835
(term limited)
Democratic 1831
Clement Comer Clay.jpg
Clement Comer Clay November 21, 1835

July 17, 1837[i]
Democratic 1835
Hugh McVay.jpg
Hugh McVay July 17, 1837[i]

November 21, 1837[20]
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Succeeded from
President of
the Senate
Arthur bagby.jpg
Arthur P. Bagby November 21, 1837[20]

November 22, 1841
(term limited)
Democratic 1837
Hon. Benjamin Fitzpatrick, Ala - NARA - 528657.jpg
Benjamin Fitzpatrick November 22, 1841

December 10, 1845
(term limited)
Democratic 1841
Gov. Joshua L. Martin.jpg
Joshua L. Martin December 10, 1845

December 16, 1847
(withdrew from election)[k]
Independent[l] 1845
Governor Reuben Chapman.jpg
Reuben Chapman December 16, 1847

December 17, 1849
(not candidate for election)[m]
Democratic 1847
Governor Henry Watkins Collier.jpg
Henry W. Collier December 17, 1849

December 20, 1853
(term limited)
Democratic 1849
John A. Winston.jpg
John A. Winston December 20, 1853

December 1, 1857
(term limited)
Democratic 1853
Andrew B. Moore.jpg
Andrew B. Moore December 1, 1857

December 2, 1861
(term limited)
Democratic 1857
John Gill Shorter.jpg
John Gill Shorter December 2, 1861

December 1, 1863
(lost election)
Democratic 1861
Thomas Hill Watts 1860s.jpg
Thomas H. Watts December 1, 1863

May 3, 1865[n]
(arrested and removed)[o]
Whig[p] 1863
Vacant May 3, 1865[n]

June 21, 1865
Office vacated
after civil war
Lewis E. Parsons - Brady-Handy.jpg
Lewis E. Parsons June 21, 1865

December 13, 1865
(provisional term ended)
[q] Provisional
appointed by
Robert patton.jpg
Robert M. Patton December 13, 1865

July 14, 1868[s]
(not candidate for election)
Pre-War Whig[t] 1865[u]
Wager Swayne March 2, 1867[v]

January 11, 1868[w]

William Hugh Smith.jpg
William Hugh Smith July 14, 1868[s]

November 26, 1870[x]
(lost election)
Republican 1868
  Andrew J. Applegate
(took office August 13, 1868)
(died August 21, 1870)
Robert B. Lindsay.jpg
Robert B. Lindsay November 26, 1870

November 25, 1872[y]
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1870[x] Edward H. Moren
David P. Lewis.jpg
David P. Lewis November 17, 1872[y]

November 24, 1874
(lost election)[36]
Republican 1872 Alexander McKinstry
George S. Houston - Brady-Handy.jpg
George S. Houston November 24, 1874

November 27, 1878[z]
(not candidate for election)[aa]
Democratic 1874 Robert F. Ligon
1876 Office did not exist
Rufus W. Cobb.jpg
Rufus W. Cobb November 27, 1878[z]

December 1, 1882
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1878
Edward A. O'Neal.jpg
Edward A. O'Neal December 1, 1882

December 1, 1886
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1882
Thomas Seay December 1, 1886

December 1, 1890
(not candidate for election)[ab]
Democratic 1886
Thomas Goode Jones.jpg
Thomas G. Jones December 1, 1890

December 1, 1894
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1890
Governor William Calvin Oates.jpg
William C. Oates December 1, 1894

December 1, 1896
(not candidate for election)[ac]
Democratic 1894
Joseph F Johnston-photo portrait.jpg
Joseph F. Johnston December 1, 1896

December 1, 1900
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1896
William D. Jelks.jpg
William D. Jelks December 1, 1900

December 26, 1900

Democratic 1900[ad]
William J. Samford.jpg
William J. Samford December 1, 1900

June 11, 1901
(died in office)
William D. Jelks.jpg
William D. Jelks June 11, 1901

January 14, 1907
(term limited)
Democratic Succeeded from
President of
the Senate
1902[ae] Russell McWhortor Cunningham
(acted as governor
April 25, 1904–March 5, 1905)
Braxton Bragg Comer.jpg
B. B. Comer January 14, 1907[ag]

January 16, 1911
(term limited)
Democratic 1906 Henry B. Gray
Emmet O'Neal cropped.jpg
Emmet O'Neal January 17, 1911[ag]

January 18, 1915
(term limited)
Democratic 1910 Walter D. Seed Sr.
Governor Charles Henderson.jpg
Charles Henderson January 19, 1915[ag]

January 20, 1919
(term limited)
Democratic 1914 Thomas Kilby
Thomas Kilby.jpg
Thomas Kilby January 21, 1919[ag]

January 15, 1923
(term limited)
Democratic 1918 Nathan Lee Miller
Governor William W. Brandon.jpg
William W. Brandon January 16, 1923[ag]

January 17, 1927
(term limited)
Democratic 1922 Charles S. McDowell
(acted as governor
July 10, 1924–July 11, 1924)
Bibb Graves.jpg
Bibb Graves January 18, 1927[ag]

January 19, 1931
(term limited)
Democratic 1926 William C. Davis
Benjamin Meek Miller (Alabama Governor).jpg
Benjamin M. Miller January 20, 1931[ag]

January 14, 1935
(term limited)
Democratic 1930 Hugh Davis Merrill
Bibb Graves.jpg
Bibb Graves January 15, 1935[ag]

January 16, 1939
(term limited)
Democratic 1934 Thomas E. Knight
(died May 17, 1937)
Frank M. Dixon 1942 Auburn-3 (cropped).jpg
Frank M. Dixon January 17, 1939[ag]

January 18, 1943
(term limited)
Democratic 1938 Albert A. Carmichael
Chauncey Sparks.jpg
Chauncey Sparks January 19, 1943[ag]

January 20, 1947
(term limited)
Democratic 1942 Leven H. Ellis
Jim Folsom.jpg
Jim Folsom January 21, 1947[ag]

January 15, 1951
(term limited)
Democratic 1946 James C. Inzer
Gordon Persons.jpg
Gordon Persons January 16, 1951[ag]

January 17, 1955
(term limited)
Democratic 1950 James Allen
Jim Folsom.jpg
Jim Folsom January 18, 1955[ag]

January 19, 1959
(term limited)
Democratic 1954 William G. Hardwick
John Malcolm Patterson.jpg
John Malcolm Patterson January 20, 1959[ag]

January 14, 1963
(term limited)
Democratic 1958 Albert Boutwell
George C Wallace.jpg
George Wallace January 15, 1963[ag]

January 16, 1967
(term limited)
Democratic 1962 James Allen
Lurleen Wallace.jpg
Lurleen Wallace January 17, 1967[ag]

May 7, 1968
(died in office)
Democratic 1966 Albert Brewer
(acted as governor
July 25, 1967)
Governor Albert Brewer 1970.jpg
Albert Brewer May 7, 1968

January 18, 1971
(not candidate for election)[aj]
Democratic Succeeded from
George C Wallace.jpg
George Wallace January 19, 1971[ag]

January 15, 1979
(term limited)
Democratic 1970 Jere Beasley
(acted as governor
June 5, 1972–July 7, 1972)
Reagan Contact Sheet C1331 (cropped2) (cropped).jpg
Fob James January 16, 1979[ag]

January 17, 1983
(not candidate for election)[al]
Democratic 1978 George McMillan
George C Wallace.jpg
George Wallace January 18, 1983[ag]

January 19, 1987
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1982 Bill Baxley
H. Guy Hunt January 20, 1987[ag]

April 22, 1993
Republican 1986 Jim Folsom Jr.[an]
Jim Folsom Jr..jpg
Jim Folsom Jr. April 22, 1993

January 16, 1995
(lost election)
Democratic Succeeded from
Reagan Contact Sheet C1331 (cropped2) (cropped).jpg
Fob James January 17, 1995[ag]

January 18, 1999
(lost election)[48]
Republican 1994 Don Siegelman[an]
Don Siegelman at Netroots Nation 2008 (cropped).jpg
Don Siegelman January 19, 1999[ag]

January 20, 2003
(lost election)[48]
Democratic 1998 Steve Windom[ao]
Governor Bob Riley (cropped).jpg
Bob Riley January 21, 2003[ag]

January 17, 2011
(term limited)
Republican 2002 Lucy Baxley[an]
2006 Jim Folsom Jr.[an]
Robert Bentley.jpg
Robert J. Bentley January 18, 2011[ag]

April 10, 2017
Republican 2010 Kay Ivey
Kay Ivey April 10, 2017

Republican Succeeded from
2018 Will Ainsworth


See also


  1. ^ Records are scarce as to when Bibb was actually appointed. The territory was formed on March 3, 1817, but he was appointed by President James Monroe, who did not take office until the next day. Other resources indicate that other major appointments for the territory were made on March 6, 1817.[3]
  2. ^ a b Bibb was inaugurated on November 9, even though Alabama did not formally become a state until December 14.[2]
  3. ^ Data is sourced from the Alabama Department of Archives and History, unless supplemental references are required.
  4. ^ Repeat governors are officially numbered only once;[2] subsequent terms are marked with their original number italicized.
  5. ^ The office of Lieutenant Governor was created in the 1868 constitution,[10] abolished in the 1875 Constitution,[11] and recreated in the 1901 Constitution.[12]
  6. ^ Lieutenant governors represented the same party as their governor unless noted.
  7. ^ Multiple sources state that Thomas Bibb did not succeed William Wyatt Bibb until either July 15[16] or July 25.[2] It is unknown if this was the formal inauguration, or if a vacancy existed in the office; it is assumed that succession was automatic, as per the constitution, and that Thomas Bibb's term began on July 10.
  8. ^ Moore resigned to take office in the United States Senate.[17]
  9. ^ a b Sources disagree on the exact date McVay succeeded Clay, with the Alabama Department of Archives and History and National Governors Association mentioning both July 16 and July 17, though July 17 is used more prominently. Further confusing matters, the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress says that Clay's term in the United States Senate began on June 19.[19]
  10. ^ Clay resigned to take office in the United States Senate.[18]
  11. ^ Martin withdrew in the final days of the election.[21] It is unknown if his name still appeared on the ballot, but no sources list any votes recorded for him.
  12. ^ Martin was a Democrat who opposed party leaders and ran as an independent.[22]
  13. ^ Chapman lost the Democratic nomination to Henry W. Collier.[23]
  14. ^ a b Though modern sources say Watts was captured on May 1, contemporary news sources report he was arrested on May 3.[24][25]
  15. ^ Watts was arrested by Union forces soon after the American Civil War ended; he was released a few weeks later.[26][27]
  16. ^ Sources disagree on Watts' party; the Alabama Department of Archives and History says Democratic,[2] but most others say Whig.[26][28][29]
  17. ^ Parsons was appointed and therefore did not run for office under a party; he was a member of the Democratic Party.[30]
  18. ^ Parsons was appointed provisional governor by the Union occupation.[30]
  19. ^ a b Some sources say Patton left office on July 24, after Smith was sworn in on July 14;[31][2] it is unknown what would cause this discrepancy.
  20. ^ Patton later switched to the Republican Party, but ran as a Whig.[31]
  21. ^ a b The United States Congress stripped Patton of most of his authority in March 1867, after which time the state was effectively under the control of Major General Swayne.[31]
  22. ^ The date given for Swayne is the date of the first Reconstruction Act, which placed Alabama into the Third Military District; all references only say "March 1867"[31] and "when the Reconstruction Acts were passed".[32]
  23. ^ In December 1867, President Andrew Johnson ordered the removal of Major General Swayne, and he was replaced on January 11, 1868, by Major General Julius Hayden.[33]
  24. ^ a b Lindsay was sworn into office on November 26, 1870, but Smith refused to leave his seat for two weeks, claiming Lindsay was fraudulently elected; he finally left office on December 8, 1870, when a court so ordered.[34]
  25. ^ a b All modern sources say Lewis took office on November 17; however, all contemporary news sources say it was on November 25.[35]
  26. ^ a b All modern sources say Cobb took office on November 28; however, all contemporary news sources say it was on November 27.[38]
  27. ^ Houston instead successfully ran for United States Senate.[37]
  28. ^ Seay instead unsuccessfully ran for United States Senate.[39]
  29. ^ Oates instead unsuccessfully ran for United States Senate.[40]
  30. ^ At the start of Samford's term, he was out of state seeking medical treatment; as president of the senate, Jelks acted as governor in his absence. Samford later died in office, and Jelks succeeded him.[41]
  31. ^ First term under the 1901 constitution, which lengthened terms to four years.[6]
  32. ^ Jelks was out of state for medical treatment for nearly a year; as lieutenant governor, Cunningham acted as governor in his absence.[42]
  33. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x The constitutional start date for 1911 was January 16. However, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in the case of Oberhaus v. State ex rel. McNamara that, regardless of when the swearing in took place, B. B. Comer's term did not end until the end of Monday, and Emmet O'Neal's term did not begin until the first minute of the next day.[9] This precedent appears to have quietly continued, as contemporary news coverage of Robert J. Bentley's inauguration noted he would not officially take office until midnight.[43] Therefore, governors since 1911 that served to the end of their term are noted as leaving office on Monday, and their successor taking office on Tuesday. It is assumed this did not apply ex post facto to terms between when the constitutional date was established in 1901, and the court ruling in 1911.
  34. ^ Brandon was out of state for 21 days as a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention; as lieutenant governor, McDowell acted as governor for two days.[2]
  35. ^ Wallace was out of state for 20 days for medical treatment; as lieutenant governor, Brewer became acting governor on July 25, 1967; Wallace returned to the state later that day.[2][44]
  36. ^ Brewer lost the Democratic Party nomination to George Wallace.[45]
  37. ^ Wallace was out of state for 52 days for medical treatment following an assassination attempt while campaigning for President of the United States; as lieutenant governor, Beasley acted as governor for 32 days.[2]
  38. ^ James lost the Democratic nomination to George Wallace.[46]
  39. ^ Hunt was forced to resign upon being convicted of illegally using campaign and inaugural funds to pay personal debts; he was later pardoned by the state parole board.[47]
  40. ^ a b c d Represented the Democratic Party
  41. ^ Represented the Republican Party
  42. ^ Bentley resigned from office as part of a plea deal involving campaign violations.[49]
  43. ^ Ivey's first full term began on January 15, 2019, and will expire on January 16, 2023.


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  8. ^ AL Const. amendment 282
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  11. ^ a b 1875 Const. art. V, § 1
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