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Encyclopedia > List of Governors of New Jersey

This is a list of governors of New Jersey. Acting governors are only listed when the position of elected governor was vacant. Traditionally, only elected governors are considered in the numeration of the governors. For example, Christine Todd Whitman was the 50th governor, and Jim McGreevey was the 51st governor. A governor is an official who heads the government of a colony, state or other sub-national state unit. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Christine Todd Whitman Christine Todd Christie Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is an American Republican politician, the former Governor of New Jersey, and the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush. ... Jim McGreevey James Edward Jim McGreevey (born August 6, 1957) is a United States Democratic politician. ...

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Governors under the Proprietors (1665–1674)

Philip Carteret 1665–1672
John Berry 1672–1673
Anthony Colve 1673–1674

Philip Carteret was the first governor of New Jersey. ... Sir John Berry (1635 – 14 February 1689 or 1690) was a British naval officer of the Royal Navy, and was in 1675 the captain of the annual convoy to Newfoundland that took place during the years of the colonies founding. ...

Governors of East Jersey and their Deputies (1674–1702)

Philip Carteret 1674–1682
Robert Barclay 1682–1688
1682–1683 Deputy: Thomas Rudyard
1683–1686 Deputy: Gawen Lawrie
1686–1687 Deputy: Lord Neill Campbell
1687–1690 Deputy: Andrew Hamilton
Edmund Andros 1688–1689
Andrew Hamilton 1692–1697
Jeremiah Basse 1698–1699
Andrew Hamilton 1699–1702

The original provinces of West and East New Jersey are shown in yellow and green respectively. ... Philip Carteret was the first governor of New Jersey. ... Robert Barclay (1648? - October 3, 1690), one of the most eminent writers belonging to the Society of Friends, or Quakers, was born in 1648 at Gordonstown in Morayshire. ... This page is about a former governor of New Jersey; see Andrew Hamilton (disambiguation) for other meanings. ... Sir Edmund Andros (December 6, 1637 - February 24, 1714), was an early colonial governor in North America, and head of the short-lived Dominion of New England. ... This page is about a former governor of New Jersey; see Andrew Hamilton (disambiguation) for other meanings. ...

Governors of West Jersey and their Deputies (1680–1702)

Edward Byllynge 1680–1687
1681–1684 Deputy: Samuel Jennings
1684–1685 Deputy: Thomas Olive
1685–1687 Deputy: John Skene
Daniel Coxe 1687–1688
Edmund Andros 1688–1689
1690 Deputy: Edward Hunloke
Andrew Hamilton 1692–1697
Jeremiah Basse 1697–1699
Andrew Hamilton 1699–1702

The original provinces of West and East New Jersey are shown in yellow and green respectively. ... Edward Byllynge was a governor of New Jersey from 1680 to 1687, when he died in England. ... Sir Edmund Andros (December 6, 1637 - February 24, 1714), was an early colonial governor in North America, and head of the short-lived Dominion of New England. ... This page is about a former governor of New Jersey; see Andrew Hamilton (disambiguation) for other meanings. ...

Governors under Royal Government (1703–1776)

Governors of New York and New Jersey (1703–1738)

Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury 1703–1738
John, Lord Lovelace 1708–1709
Richard Ingoldesby 1709–1710 Lieutenant and Governor
Robert Hunter 1710–1720
William Burnet 1720–1728
John Montgomerie 1728–1731
Lewis Morris 1731–1732 President Of Council
William Cosby 1732–1736
John Anderson 1736 President Of Council
John Hamilton 1736–1738 President Of Council

Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, also known by the courtesy title of Lord Cornbury (November 28, 1661 - March 31, 1723) was Governor of New York and New Jersey and perhaps best known for being that which he never was: Americas first transvestite governor. ... General Robert Hunter (1664-1734) was colonial governor of New York from 1710 to 1719. ... Colonel John Montgomerie was colonial governor of New York from 1728 to 1731. ... Lewis Morris (April 8, 1726– January 22, 1798) was an American landowner and developer from Morrisania, New York. ... William Cosby (1690 - Stradbally Hall,,Queens,Ireland - March 10, 1736 at Fort George, New York) was colonial governor of New York from 1732 to 1736. ... John Anderson is a common name shared by a number of individuals: John HD Anderson (1726-1796), a Scottish scientist. ...

Governors of New Jersey only (1738–1776)

Lewis Morris 1738–1746
John Hamilton 1746–1747 President Of Council
John Reading 1747 President Of Council
Jonathan Belcher 1747–1757
1757 Lieut. Governor: Thomas Pownall
John Reading 1757–1758 President Of Council
Francis Bernard 1758–1760
Thomas Boone 1760–1761
Josiah Hardy 1761–1763
William Franklin 1763–1776

Lewis Morris (October 15, 1671 - May 21, 1746), chief justice of New York and British governor of New Jersey, was the first lord of the manor of Morrisania in New York. ... John H. Reading (November 26, 1917 - February 7, 2003) was Mayor of Oakland, California from 1966 to 1977. ... Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757) was colonial governor of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. ... Thomas Pownall (1722 - February 25, 1805), British colonial statesman and soldier, was born at Saltfleetby, Lincolnshire, England. ... Sir Francis Bernard (1712-1779) was a British colonial administrator who served as Governor in New Jersey and Massachusetts. ... William Franklin (1731-1813) was the last Royal Governor of New Jersey. ...

Governors under representative government (1776—)

Governors under the 1776 N.J. Constitution (1776–1844)

William Livingston 1776–1790
Elisha Lawrence 1790 (?)
William Paterson 1790–1793
Thomas Henderson (Politician) 1793
Richard Howell 1793–1801
Joseph Bloomfield 1801–1802
John Lambert 1802–1803 Acting Governor
Joseph Bloomfield 1803–1812
Aaron Ogden 1812–1813
William S. Pennington 1813–1815
Mahlon Dickerson 1815–1817
Isaac Halstead Williamson 1817–1829
Peter Dumont Vroom 1829–1832
Samuel Lewis Southard 1832–1833
Elias P. Seeley 1833
Peter Dumont Vroom 1833–1836
Philemon Dickerson 1836–1837
William Pennington 1837–1843
Daniel Haines 1843–1845

William Livingston (November 30, 1723– July 25, 1790) was the revolutionary Governor of New Jersey from 1776 to 1790. ... William Paterson William Paterson (December 24, 1745–September 9, 1806) was a New Jersey statesman, a signer of the United States Constitution, and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. ... Aaron Ogden (December 3, 1756-April 19, 1839) was a Senator from and Governor of New Jersey. ... U.S. Navy collection portrait of Mahlon Dickerson Mahlon Dickerson (April 17, 1770–October 5, 1853) was an American judge and politician. ... Peter Dumont Vroom (December 12, 1791 – November 18, 1873) was a Governor of New Jersey. ... U.S. Navy collection portrait of Samuel Southard Samuel Lewis Southard (1787-1842) (son of Henry Southard and brother of Isaac Southard) was a prominent U.S. statesman of the early 1800s, serving as a U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, and Governor of New Jersey. ... Philemon Dickerson (January 11, 1788; Succasunna, New Jersey – December 10, 1862; Paterson, New Jersey) was a United States congressman representing New Jersey and brother of politician Mahlon Dickerson. ... William Pennington (May 4, 1796–February 16, 1862) was an American lawyer and politician. ... Daniel Haines (January 6, 1801 - January 26, 1877) was an American jurist and Governor of New Jersey. ...

Governors under the 1844 N.J. Constitution (1844–1946)

Charles C. Stratton 1845–1848 Whig Elected Governor
Daniel Haines 1848–1851 Democrat Elected Governor
George F. Fort 1851–1854 Democrat Elected Governor
Rodman M. Price 1854–1857 Democrat Elected Governor
William A. Newell 1857–1860 Republican Elected Governor
Charles S. Olden 1860–1863 Republican Elected Governor
Joel Parker 1863–1866 Democrat Elected Governor
Marcus L. Ward 1866–1869 Republican Elected Governor
Theodore F. Randolph 1869–1872 Democrat Elected Governor
Joel Parker 1872–1875 Democrat Elected Governor
Joseph D. Bedle 1875–1878 Democrat Elected Governor
George Brinton McClellan 1878–1881 Democrat Elected Governor
George C. Ludlow 1881–1884 Democrat Elected Governor
Leon Abbett 1884–1887 Democrat Elected Governor
Robert Stockton Green 1887–1890 Democrat Elected Governor
Leon Abbett 1890–1893 Democrat Elected Governor
George T. Werts 1893–1896 Democrat Elected Governor
John W. Griggs1 1896–1898 Republican Elected Governor
Foster M. Voorhees 1898 Republican Acting Governor
David Ogden Watkins 1898–1899 Acting Governor
Foster M. Voorhees 1899–1902 Republican Elected Governor
Franklin Murphy 1902–1905 Republican Elected Governor
Edward C. Stokes 1905–1908 Republican Elected Governor
John Franklin Fort 1908–1910 Republican Elected Governor
Horace Baker 1910–1911 Republican Acting Governor
Woodrow Wilson2 1911–1913 Democrat Elected Governor
James F. Fielder 1913 Democrat Acting Governor
Leon R. Taylor 1913–1914 Acting Governor
James F. Fielder 1914–1917 Democrat Elected Governor
Walter E. Edge3 1917–1919 Republican Elected Governor
William N. Runyon 1919–1920 Acting Governor
Clarence E. Case 1920 Acting Governor
Edward I. Edwards 1920–1923 Democrat Elected Governor
George S. Silzer 1923–1926 Democrat Elected Governor
A. Harry Moore 1926–1929 Democrat Elected Governor
Morgan F. Larson 1929–1932 Republican Elected Governor
A. Harry Moore 1932–1935 Democrat Elected Governor
Harold G. Hoffman 1935–1938 Republican Elected Governor
A. Harry Moore 1938–1941 Democrat Elected Governor
Charles Edison 1941–1944 Democrat Elected Governor
Walter E. Edge 1944–1947 Republican Elected Governor

1 Resigned as Governor to become Attorney General of the United States The United States Whig Party was a political party of the United States. ... Daniel Haines (January 6, 1801 - January 26, 1877) was an American jurist and Governor of New Jersey. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Joel Parker (November 24, 1816 – January 2, 1888) was an American politician, best known as the Governor of the State of New Jersey from 1863-1866 and from 1871-1874. ... Marcus Lawrence Ward (1812–1884) was a United States political figure. ... Joel Parker (November 24, 1816 – January 2, 1888) was an American politician, best known as the Governor of the State of New Jersey from 1863-1866 and from 1871-1874. ... George McClellan George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) was a major general (and briefly the general-in-chief of all the Union armies) during the American Civil War. ... Leon Abbett (October 8, 1836 - December 4, 1894) was a U.S. politician. ... The Stockton Family of New Jersey and Other Stocktons, Dr. Thomas Coates Stockton, 1911 pg 75; Green, Robert Stockton; b. ... Leon Abbett (October 8, 1836 - December 4, 1894) was a U.S. politician. ... John William Griggs (July 10, 1849–November 28, 1927) was an American politician. ... Franklin Murphy (January 3, 1846–February 24, 1920) was the founder of the Murphy Varnish Company in Newark, New Jersey and the 42nd New Jersey Governor. ... Edward Casper Stokes (December 22, 1860 - November 4, 1942) was a Governor of New Jersey. ... John Franklin Fort (Born March 20, 1852 - Died November 17, 1920) Republican Governor of New Jersey, 1908-11. ... Horace B. Baker (January 23, 1869 - December 7, 1941) was a Governor of New Jersey. ... Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States (1913–1921). ... Walter Edge Walter Evans Edge (November 20, 1873–October 29, 1956) was an American politician. ... Edward I. Edwards was Governor of New Jersey from 1920 to 1923; he was a member of the United States Democratic Party. ... Moores photo from bioguide. ... Moores photo from bioguide. ... Harold Giles Hoffman (February 7, 1896–June 4, 1954) was an American politician who was the Republican Governor of New Jersey from 1935 to 1938. ... Moores photo from bioguide. ... Charles Edison (August 3, 1890–July 31, 1969), son of Thomas Edison, was a businessman, Assistant and then Acting Secretary of the Navy, and governor of New Jersey. ... Walter Edge Walter Evans Edge (November 20, 1873–October 29, 1956) was an American politician. ...


2 Resigned as Governor to become President of the United States


3 Resigned as Governor to become a United States Senator


Governors under the 1947 N.J. Constitution (1947—)

Alfred E. Driscoll 1947–1954 Republican Elected Governor
Robert B. Meyner 1954–1962 Democrat Elected Governor
Richard J. Hughes 1962–1970 Democrat Elected Governor
William T. Cahill 1970–1974 Republican Elected Governor
Brendan Byrne 1974–1982 Democrat Elected Governor
Thomas Kean 1982–1990 Republican Elected Governor
James Florio 1990–1994 Democrat Elected Governor
Christine Todd Whitman1 1994–2001 Republican Elected Governor
Donald DiFrancesco2 2001–2002 Republican Governor6
John Farmer Jr.3 2002 Republican Acting Governor
John O. Bennett2 2002 Republican Acting Governor
Richard Codey2 2002 Democrat Acting Governor
James McGreevey4 2002–2004 Democrat Elected Governor
Richard Codey5 2004—2006 Democrat Governor6

1 Resigned as Governor to become Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Alfred Eastlack Driscoll (October 25, 1902–March 9, 1975) of Haddonfield, New Jersey, was a state senator (1939-1941) representing Camden County, Governor of New Jersey, and president of Warner-Lambert (now a part of Pfizer). ... Robert Baumle Meyner (July 3, 1908 - May 27, 1990) of Phillipsburg, New Jersey was the Democratic Governor of the U.S. state of New Jersey from 1954 to 1962. ... Richard Joseph Hughes (August 10, 1909–December 7, 1992) was the Democratic Governor of the U.S. state of New Jersey from 1962 to 1970. ... William Thomas Cahill (June 25, 1912–July 1, 1996) was an American politician who was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey from 1959 to 1970 and the Governor of New Jersey from 1970 to 1974. ... Brendan Thomas Byrne (born April 1, 1924) was the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of New Jersey from 1974 to 1982. ... Thomas Kean Thomas Howard Kean (born April 21, 1935) was the Republican Governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990. ... James Joseph Florio (born August 29, 1937) was the Democratic Governor of the U.S. state of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994, the first Italian-American to hold the position. ... Christine Todd Whitman Christine Todd Christie Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is an American Republican politician, the former Governor of New Jersey, and the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush. ... Donald DiFrancesco Donald Thomas DiFrancesco (b. ... John Farmer Jr. ... John O. Bennett John O. Bennett III (born 1948) is a former New Jersey |Republican politician who served as State Senator, President of the State Senate, and acting Governor during the course of his career. ... Richard Codey, Governor of New Jersey Richard James Codey (born November 27, 1946 in Orange, New Jersey) is an American politician. ... James E. Jim McGreevey (born August 6, 1957) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. ... Richard Codey, Governor of New Jersey Richard James Codey (born November 27, 1946 in Orange, New Jersey) is an American politician. ... The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States federal governments Environmental Protection Agency, and is thus responsible for enforcing the nations Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. ...


2 Was one of three New Jersey State Senate Presidents who held the position of Acting Governor during this time


3 As the New Jersey Attorney General, assumed the office of Governor for 90 minutes while a new Senate President was being sworn in for the new session


4 Resigned as Governor in August 2004, effective November 15, 2004, after admitting that he had an affair with a man while married to his wife Dina Matos November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


5 Became Governor on November 15, 2004, following resignation of Gov. McGreevey. He will serve until he is no longer Senate President or until a new elected Governor is sworn in. This is expected to be on January 17, 2006 when Governor-elect Jon Corzine is sworn in January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


6 As per legislation signed by Governor Codey on January 10, 2006, any acting Governor who serves for at least 6 months would officially have the title "Governor." This law was applied retroactively to DiFrancesco as well


† Dates based on expected future term completion, ingnoring the possibilty of unforseen events


See Also

On November 8, 2005 Public Question #1 Constitutional Amendment to Establish the office of the Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey was passed by New Jersey voters (YES 834,134 / NO 655,333) and accordingly the first election for Lieutenant Governor will be held on the day of the General Election...

External links

  • State of New Jersey website - List of Governors

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