Governors of Arizona

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The state's first governor, George W. Hunt, still presides in his recreated office at the Arizona State Capitol. 12-01.
Confederate Governors
In Office Name Party Tidbits Interred
1860-1861 Lewis Owings
- Elected by a group of settlers in the southern half of the New Mexico Territory who drafted a constitution for a proposed Arizona Territory.  The US Congress rejected the proposal. 
[The New Mexico Territory of the US was established in 1846 and consisted, more or less, of what are now the states of Arizona and New Mexico.  The proposed Arizona Territory would take the southern halves of both present states.]
In 1861, a convention held in the proposed Arizona Territory voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederate States of America, with Owings remaining as governor.
1861-1862 John Baylor
- As Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate Army, Baylor's forces won decisive control of the proposed Arizona Territory in 1861, and he proclaimed himself governor.
In 1862, he issued an order to kill all adult Apache natives and take their children into slavery.  The order so appalled Confederate President Jefferson Davis that he relieved Baylor of command.
Davis's order was moot as far as the territory was concerned since it was lost to Union forces in July 1862.
Territorial Governors
In Office Name Party Tidbits Interred
- John Addison Gurley
 John Addison Gurley
 R Appointed Governor by Abraham Lincoln, but died before taking office.
U.S. Representative from Ohio 2nd District, 1859-63.
Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1863-1866 John Noble Goodwin
 R Appointed as Chief Justice of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court by Abraham Lincoln, but succeeded to governorship when original appointee died.
Member of Maine State Senate, 1854.
U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1861-63
Justice of Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, 1863.
Delegate to U.S. Congress from Arizona Territory, 1865-67.
Left the territory upon end of his term.
Forest Grave Cemetery, Augusta Maine
1866-1869 Richard Cunningham

 R First governor to bring his wife to the territory.
Reporter, Newspaperman.
Established first two newspapers in the territory: Arizona Miner  in Prescott, Arizona Citizen  in Tucson.
War correspondent in the Crimean and the Civil Wars.
Secretary of Arizona Territory, 1863-66.
Delegate to U.S. Congress from Arizona Territory, 1869-75,
Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona Territory, 1880,
U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1895-97.
Grace Churchyard, Jamaica, New York
1869-1877 Anson Peacely
Killen Safford

 R Known as the "Little Governor"  because of his short stature; also known as the Governor who granted himself a divorce.
Member of California State Assembly 17th District, 1857-59.
County Commissioner, Humboldt County, Nevada, 1882.
Cycadia Cemetery, Tarpon Springs, Florida
1877-1878 John Philo Hoyt
 John Philo Hoyt
 - Teacher, Lawyer.
Served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1873-76.
Secretary of Arizona Territory, 1876.
Justice of Washington Territorial Supreme Court, 1879-87.
Delegate to Washington State Constitutional Convention, 1889.
Justice of Washington State Supreme Court, 1890-97.
Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington
1878-1882 John Charles Fremont
John Charles Fremont
R Engineer/topographer.
Governor of California in 1847.
Senator from California, 1850-51.
Candidate for President of the United States against James Buchanan, 1856.
General in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Did not come to Arizona until 5 months after appointed Governor.
Departed to the East from 1879, returning to Arizona only to resign in 1881.
Legalized gambling in the territory and started a lottery to pay for schools and public buildings which collapsed leaving Michel Goldwater (grandfather of Barry Goldwater) to provide refunds for ticket holders.
Died of peritonitis.
Original interred at Trinity Church Cemetery, New York, N.Y.
Reinterred at Rockland Cemetery, Nyack, N.Y. in 1891
1882-1885 Frederick Augustus Tritle
Frederick Augustus Tritle
  First Governor to be living in territory at the time of appointment.
First Governor to be buried in Arizona.
Administration remembered for the "Thieving Thirteenth" Legislature which overpaid themselves for fictitious services, and which created the Territorial Normal School in Tempe (Arizona State University), the University of Arizona in Tucson, the Insane Asylum in Phoenix.
Member of Nevada State Senate, 1866.
Delegate to Arizona State Constitutional Convention, 1891.
Yavapai County Recorder, 1895-1897.
Supervisor of the Arizona Census, 1900.
Greenwood Memorial Park, Phoenix [Plot: Section 7, Block 10, Lot 1]
1885-1889 Conrad Meyer Zulick
Conrad Meyer Zulick
 D Held in a Mexican jail at the time of his appointment; released when his New Jersey and Sonora Copper Mines paid debts owed to the Mexican Government.
Previous administrative appointments refused to leave office when Zulick was appointed because of his shady reputation.
Signed the order that moving the capital from Prescott to Phoenix, 1889.
Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Member 16th Arizona Territorial Legislature, 1890.
Easton Cemetery, Easton Pennsylvania.
1889-1890 Lewis Wolfley
Lewis Wolfley
Only bachelor to serve as territorial governor.
Studied law.
Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Established the Arizona Republican  newspaper (later became the Arizona Republic ) to further his political ends.
Withheld pay from certain judges to replace them with "Good Republicans."
In office when a forger attempted to seize a 18,750 square-miles in Central Arizona in the Peralta Grant scandal, and when the Gila River Dam washed out causing $750,000 of damages.
Died after being run down by a street car in California.
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Prescott
1890-1892 John Nichol Irwin
John Nichol Irwin
 - Lawyer.
Served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Member of Iowa State House of Representatives, 1875.
Mayor of Keokuk, Iowa, 1876, 1887.
Governor of Idaho Territory, 1883.
U.S. Minister to Portugal, 1899-1900.
Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa
1892-1893 Nathan Oakes Murphy
Nathan Oakes Murphy
 R Opened a Normal School in Flagstaff (to become Northern Arizona University),1899.
Teacher, lawyer.
Delegate to U.S. Congress from Arizona Territory, 1895-97.

Secretary of Arizona Territory, 1889.
Appointed governor twice 1892-3 & 1898-1902.
Delegate to U.S. Congress from Arizona Territory, 1895-97.
Originally interred Masonic Cemetery, San Diego, California
Reinterred Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
1893-1896 Louis Cameron Hughes
Louis Cameron Hughes
 - Immigrant from Wales, was an indentured servant to a Calvinist farmer until he was 16.
Invited by Theodore Roosevelt to the christening of the USS Arizona, but refused because champagne was used in the ceremony.
Machinist, Lawyer, Newspaperman.
Served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Married E. Josephine Brawley, whom Governor called the "Mother of Arizona, " and was a member of the Women's Suffrage Movement, friend of Susan B. Anthony, and a prime mover in the establishment of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Arizona.Arizona Territory Attorney General, 1873-74.
On the board of managers for the Chicago World's Fair, 1891.
Evergreen Cemetery, Tucson
1896-1897 Benjamin Joseph Franklin
Benjamin Joseph Franklin
 D Claimed ancestry to the  Benjamin Franklin.
Member of Kansas state senate, 1860.
Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1875-79.
Died of heart disease.
Rosedale Cemetery, Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, Phoenix
1897-1898 Myron H. McCord
Myron H. McCord
R Lawyer.
Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1873-74.
Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1880-82.
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 9th District, 1889-91.
Colonel in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War.
Died of Bright's disease (nephritis-kidney inflammation).
Merrill Cemetery, Merrill, Wisconsin
1898-1902 Nathan Oakes Murphy
 R See above. See above.
1902-1905 Alexander Oswald Brodie
Alexander Brodie
 R Soldier, lawyer.
Colonel in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War.
Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona Territory, 1904.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
1905-1909 Joseph H. Kibbey
Joseph H. Kibbey
R Lawyer.
Justice of Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, 1889.
Member Arizona Territorial Council, 1902.
Arizona Territory Attorney General, 1904.
Arizona Territory delegate to Republican National Convention, 1904,
Greenwood Memorial Park, Phoenix
1909-1912 Richard E. Sloan
Richard E. Sloan
R Lawyer.
Member Arizona Territorial Council, 1888-89.
Justice of Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, 1889-93, 1897-1909.
Arizona Territory delegate to Republican National Convention, 1908.
Judge of U.S. District Court, 1912-13.
Greenwood Memorial Park, Phoenix [Plot: Section 11 Block 10 Lot 4 Space 1 GPS (lat/lon): 33.2721, -112.06597]
State Governors
In Office Name Party Tidbits Interred
1911-1917 George Wylie Paul Hunt
George Wylie Paul Hunt
D Born in Huntsville, Missouri.
Moved to Globe, AZ in 1881 as a poor, young man.  Nine years later he was one of the wealthiest men in the territory.
Member of Arizona Territorial Legislature, 1892-1900, 1904-10.
Delegate to Arizona State Constitutional Convention, 1910.
Governor of Arizona, 1912-17, 1917-19, 1923-29, 1931-33.
U.S. Minister to Siam, 1920-21.
Papago Park, Phoenix
1917 Thomas Edward Campbell
Thomas Edward Campbell
R First native-born governor, first Republican governor.
Was apparent winner in 1916 gubernatorial election, but an Arizona Supreme Court decision several months later awarded the disputed election to Hunt.
Governor of Arizona, 1917, 1919-23.
Member of Republican National Committee from Arizona, 1924.
Died from a cerebral hemorrhage on the State Capitol grounds.
Mountain View Cemetery, Prescott
1917-1919 George Wylie Paul Hunt
D See above.  
1919-1923 Thomas Edward Campbell
R See above.  
1923-1929 George Wylie Paul Hunt
D  See above.  
1929-1931 John Calhoun Phillips
john Calhoun Phillips
R Lawyer, Construction Worker--worked on capitol building which he later occupied as governor.
Called himself "the ugliest man in Arizona."
Refused to push for a raise for judges, explaining "if we raise the salary, some really competent lawyer may run and beat me out of a job!"
Died after suffering a heart attack while fishing.
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix
1931-1933 George Wylie Paul Hunt
D  See above.  
1933-1937 Benjamin Baker Moeur
Benjamin Baker Moeur
D Mobilized the Arizona National Guard to prevent construction of Parker Dam, which was to divert Colorado River water to Los Angeles, 1934.
Physician--delivered most of Tempe's babies for 36 years.
Secretary of the Board of Education for Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe.
Died 71 days after leaving office.
Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe
1937-1939 Rawghlie Clement

Rawghlie Clement Stanford
D Lawyer.
Justice of Arizona State Supreme Court, 1943-55.
Chief Justice of Arizona Supreme Court, 1945-49, 1953-54.
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix
1939-1941 Robert Taylor Jones
Robert Taylor Jones
D Civil Engineer--worked on Panama Canal, owned drugstores in Tucson & Phoenix, the Jones Western Store in Phoenix, and a cattle ranch near Chandler. Greenwood Memorial Park, Phoenix
1941-1948 Sidney Preston Osborn
Sidney Preston Osborn
D Only governor ever elected to four consecutive terms.
In his sixth grade school books, he wrote "Sidney P. Osborn, Governor of Arizona."
Career Politician.
Died in office from Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Greenwood Memorial Park, Phoenix
1948-1951 Daniel E. Garvey
Daniel E. Garvey
D Secretary of State of Arizona under Osborn, succeeding to governorship on his death.
Accountant, public servant.
Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson
1951-1955 John Howard Pyle
John Howard Pyle
R Broadcaster, owner of KFAD radio (now KTAR), war correspondent in WWII reporting Japanese surrender from the USS Missouri. Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe.
1955-1959 Ernest W. McFarland
Ernest W. McFarland
D Only person to serve in highest position in all three branches of Arizona government: U.S. Senator, governor, and Arizona Supreme Court Justice.
Superior Court Judge, 1935-41.
U.S. Senator from Arizona & father of GI Bill, 1941-53; defeated by Barry Goldwater in 1952.
Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1964.
Justice of Arizona State Supreme Court, 1965-70.
Greenwood Garden Mausoleum, Greenwood Memory Lawn, Phoenix
1959-1965 Paul Jones Fannin
Paul Jones Fannin
R Entrepreneur--established Fannin Gas & Supply.
Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1964.
U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1965-77.
Died of a stroke at 94.
Serenity Mausoleum, Greenwood Memory Lawn, Phoenix
1965-1967 Samuel Pearson
Goddard, Jr.

Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr.
D Lawyer.
Graduated from Harvard University in 1941 where he was inducted into the Rowing Hall of Fame in 1976.
Settled in Arizona after his marriage to Julia Hatch in 1944 on a doctor's recommendation that the dry climate would help his bride's rheumatoid arthritis.
Earned a law degree from the University of Arizona in 1949.
Arizona Democratic state chair, 1960-62.
As governor, organized a compromised agreement among regional governors facilitating the Central Arizona Project bringing Colorado River water to central Arizona.  Signed a bill into law bill banning discrimination on grounds of race, gender, religion and ethnicity. 
His son, Terry Goddard, was Mayor of Phoenix (1984-1990) and Attorney General of Arizona (2002-2011), and unsuccessful candidate for state governor in 2008.
1967-1975 John R. "Jack" Williams
John R. Williams
R Radio announcer & writer.
First Arizona governor to serve a 4 year term, notwithstanding an unsuccessful recall attempt.
Called "One Eyed Jack" by detractors because his right eye had been removed to get to a cancerous tumor when he was 5. In an experimental treatment to stop the spreading cancer, doctors placed a radium pellet on loan from Madame Curie in the socket overnight. Glasses with one frosted lens became his trademark.
The two year term of office for governor was extended to four years in 1968.
Cremated. Ashes were to be scattered in several special places across the state, according to son.
1975-1977 Raul Hector Castro
(1916-    )
Raul Hector Castro
D Born in Cananea, Mexico
Resigned just two years into his term to accept appointment as Ambassador to Argentina by President Carter.
Pima County Attorney 1954-58.
Superior Court Judge, 1959-60.
U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador (1964-68), Bolivia (1968-69), Argentina (1977-80).
In 2011 at 95 years of age, he became the nation's oldest living former governor.
Detained by US Border Patrol on June 12, 2012 when radiation was detected in vehicle; released when it was determined that radiation was due to a medical procedure the previous day.I
1977-1978 Wesley H. Bolin
Wesley H. Bolin
D Succeeded to governorship when Raul Castro resigned.
Secretary of State of Arizona 1949-77 under 7 governors.
Died in office, serving shortest term in office of any Arizona governor (135 days).
Cremated; ashes scattered in Arizona.
1978-1987 Bruce Edward Babbitt
(1938-    )
D Attorney General at time of Bolin's death, succeeded to governorship because Secretary of State (Rose Mofford) had been appointed, not elected.  He was elected to two full terms as governor.
Arizona State Attorney General, 1975-78.
Candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1988.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1993-2001.
Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Trilateral Commission.
1987-1988 Evan Mecham

R Known for incredibly insensitive and inopportune public remarks including "I'm not a racist...I employ them [blacks] because they are the best people who applied for the cotton-picking job."
Car dealer.
Army Air Force Pilot during World War II receiving Air Medal and Purple Heart.
Opened Mecham Pontiac and Rambler in Ajo, 1950, relocating to Glendale in 1954.
Candidate for U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1962, 1992.
Candidate for governor five times, 1964, 1974, 1982, 1986, and 1989.
Indicted on six felony counts of perjury and filing a false campaign report, 1988; later found not guilty.
Impeached, convicted, removed from office 1988.
Recall election scheduled but canceled because of impeachment, 1988.
Published his book, "Wrongful Impeachment" in 1998, renting space at the Arizona State Fair where he signed and sold his book (pictured to the left was taken at his booth).
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, North Cave Creek and East Pinnacle Peak Roads, Phoenix, Az  [Section 53, Grave Number 506].
1988-1991 Rose Mofford
Rose Mofford
D Arizona's first female governor.
Nobody didn't like Rose—possibly because she never ran for governor.  She succeeded to office following Mecham's impeachment and by most accounts did a journeyman's job of restoring respect and sanity to the office.
First female class president at Globe High School.
Valedictorian of Globe High School Class of 1939; All-American softball player, turned down offer to play professional basketball with the All American Red Heads.
Public Servant.
Secretary of State of Arizona, 1977-88, becoming known as a competent administrator and for her friendliness, punctuality, answering her own phone, and replying directly to her mail.
Presidential Elector for Arizona, 1996.
1991-1997 John Fife Symington III
(1945-    )
John Fife Symington
R Developer.
Captain in USAF, receiving Bronze Star for service in Vietnam.
Convicted on seven counts of fraud relating to loans in development of The Mercado, 1997.
Sentenced (suspended during appeal) to 30 months in a federal prison camp, 5 years probation, 1998.
Conviction overturned on appeal because trial judge wrongfully excluded a juror, 1999.
Before retrial, pardoned by President Clinton, along with 175 other clemency grants the day before Clinton left office, 2001.
1997-2003 Jane Dee Hull
(1935-    )
Jane Dee Hull
R Succeeded to office upon Symington's resignation upon conviction for fraud.
Represented District 18 in Arizona House of Representatives, 1978-93.
Arizona Secretary of State, 1994-97.
2003-2009 Janet Napolitano
(1958-    )

D Succeeded a male incumbent as Attorney General in 1998 making Arizona the only state to have an all female line of succession with women holding the offices of Governor (Jane Hull), Secretary of State (Betsey Bayless), Attorney General (Janet Napolitano), Treasurer (Carol Springer) and Superintendent of Public Instruction (Lisa Graham Keegan).  Napolitano was the only Democrat.
Born in New York City, raised in Pittsburgh and New Mexico, Napolitano moved to Phoenix in 1983 to be a law clerk.  She was named U.S. attorney for Arizona in 1993 by President Clinton, and won the state attorney general's post in 1998.  She is single and has no children.
A cancer survivor, Napolitano had her right breast removed in a mastectomy in 2000.
Napolitano announced her support for Barack Obama early in his primary campaign for President.  Upon his election she was appointed to his cabinet as Secretary of Homeland Security.  To the chagrin of state Democrats, she resigned from the office of governor as soon as her appointment was confirmed.
2009-2015 Jan Brewer
(1944-    )


R Arizona's fourth (third consecutive) female governor.
She owes her gubernatorial ascendency to President Obama, whom she vehemently opposes—Secretary of State Brewer became governor when the president appointed Governor Napolitano to his cabinet.
Brewer was elected Secretary of State in 2002, after 6 years as chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (1996-2002) and 14 years in the Arizona State Legislature in the House (1983-1986) and Senate (1987 to 1996).
She was a strong proponent of Arizona SB 1070 which required police suspecting that person stopped may be in the country illegally investigate immigration status of persons, detain the person if necessary for the investigation, and arrest the person is suspicion is correct.  The US Supreme Court declared unconstitutional  other provisions requiring immigrants to carry documentation of lawful presence in the country, allowing arrest of such immigrants without warrant, and making it unlawful to apply for employment without federal work authorization.
She also supported the defeated Arizona Proposition 107 (2006), and Arizona Proposition 102 (2008) which passed, both of which ban same-sex marriages.
An NRA member, she signed into law bills eliminating license requirements for concealed weapons, and allowing concealed weapons to be carried into bars and restaurants, but vetoed a bill allowing guns on college campuses.
She is married to Dr. John Brewer and is mother of three sons, one of whom died from cancer in 2007, and another who has been a psychiatric patient in the Arizona State Hospital since 1989 when he was found not guilty of rape by reason of insanity.
She is a member of Life in Christ Lutheran Church in Peoria. and has lived in Arizona since 1970.
2015- Doug Ducey
(1964-    )

Photo by Gage Skidmore CC-BY-SA-3.0
R Ducey's campaign told voters he would bring his business experience to the governor's office, not unlike campaigns of prior governors Symington and Mecham—whom Ducey did not cite as stellar examples of businessmen turned politician.
Ducey is credited with the growth of Cold Stone Creamery which opened its first store in 1988 in Tempe into a chain of nearly 1,400 locations.
Ducey attended Arizona State University where he met his wife, and resides with her in Paradise Valley with their three sons.
Footnotes and Sources

1. American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau. Back to text

2. Office of the Governor, State of Arizona. Back to text

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