Virginia: State Governors: 1776-1865

Governor or Chief Magistrate of the Commonwealth of Virginia
6 Jul 1776 - 1? Jun 1779 Patrick Henry
1? Jun 1779 - 2 Jun 1781 Thomas Jefferson [1]
2 Jun 1781 - 19 Jun 1781 office vacant [2]
19 Jun 1781 - 22 Nov 1781 Thomas Nelson, Jr. [3]
22 Nov 1781 - 30 Nov 1781 office vacant
30 Nov 1781 - 29 Nov 1784 Benjamin Harrison
Lieutenant Governor
29 Nov 1784 - 21 Dec 1784 Beverley Randolph [4]
Governor or Chief Magistrate of the Commonwealth of Virginia
30 Nov 1784 - 30 Nov 1786 Patrick Henry
30 Nov 1786 - 12 Nov 1788 Edmund Jennings Randolph
Lieutenant Governor
12 Nov 1788 - 6 Dec 1788 Beverley Randolph [5]
Governor or Chief Magistrate of the Commonwealth of Virginia
3 Dec 1788 - 1 Dec 1791 Beverley Randolph (x)
1 Dec 1791 - 1 Dec 1794 Henry Lee
1 Dec 1794 - 30 Nov 1796 Robert Brooke
Lieutenant Governor
30 Nov 1796 - 7 Dec 1796 James Wood [6]
Governor or Chief Magistrate of the Commonwealth of Virginia
6 Dec 1796 - 6 Dec 1799 James Wood (x)
Lieutenant Governor
6 Dec 1799 - 11 Dec 1799 Hardin Burnley [7]
11 Dec 1799 - 19 Dec 1799 J Pendleton [7]
Governor or Chief Magistrate of the Commonwealth of Virginia
6 Dec 1799 - James Monroe
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

[1] Elected to the office 1 Jun 1779 and re-elected 2 Jun 1780; dates for beginning and end of his tenure are unknown as there is no surviving documentation or signed affidavit of him having taken an oath of office for either of his terms; Jefferson was last present at a session of the Privy Council or Council of State 2 Jun 1781.
[2] Following the expiration of the term of Thomas Jefferson as Governor, the functions of the office nominally devolved on President of the Privy Council or Council of State, but this office had been vacant since 13 or 14 May 1781; William Fleming, a member of the Council, exercised some executive functions of government de facto and was commended by concurrent resolution of the House of Delegates and Senate (23 Jun 1781).
[3] The office of Governor became vacant 22 Nov 1781 when Nelson submitted his resignation while the office of his constitutional successor, President of the Council, had become vacant earlier. The Council lacked quorum between 22 Nov 1781 and 30 Nov 1781 inclusively. Harrison was elected 30 Nov 1781 and took oath of office 1 Dec 1781.
[4] Pending the swearing-in of Patrick Henry.
[5] From 3 Dec 1788 pending his own swearing-in as Governor.
[6] From 25 Nov 1796 to 3 Dec 1796 pending the swearing-in of Patrick Henry who declined to serve; from 6 Dec 1796 pending his own swearing-in as Governor.
[7] Pending the swearing-in of James Monroe.
Last updated on: 06 Feb 2022 17:44:52