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Georgia Governors

George is the most common name found among governors of the Peach State. Nine were named George at birth, although one always went by his nickname “Sonny”. When a name is in quotes, it is the nickname or middle name that the governor preferred to go by. The least common names on the list are Eurith, Lamartine and Zell.

This list only counts governors since Georgia entered the Union in 1788 and therefore begins with George Handley. Technically, however, George Matthews was finishing up his stint as Governor from 1787-88 when the state ratified the Constitution on January 2, 1788. If you want to count royal governors and presidents, you’ll end up with 11 Georges and 10 Johns.

George: 9 Georgia governors
George Handley (1752-93) Term: 1788-89
George Walton (1754-1804) Term: 1789-90
George McIntosh Troup (1780-1856) Term: 1823-27
George Rockingham Gilmer (1790-1859) Terms: 1829-31, 1839-43
George W. Crawford (1798-1872) Term: 1843-47
George Washington Bonaparte Towns (1801-54) Term: 1847-51
George Dekle Busbee, Sr. (1927-2004) Term: 1975-1983
George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III (b. 1946) Term: 2003-11

John: 6 Georgia governors
John Milledge (1757-1818) Term: 1802-06
John Clark (1766-1832) Term: 1819-23
John Forsyth (1780-1841) Term: 1827-29
John Brown Gordon (1832-1904) Term: 1886-90
John Marshall “Jack” Slaton (1866-1955) Terms: 1911-12, 1913-15
John “Nathan” Deal (b. 1942 ) Term: 2011-

James: 5 Georgia governors
James Jackson (1757-1806) Term: 1798-1801
James Johnson (1811-91) Term: 1865
James Milton Smith (1823-90) Term: 1872-77
James Stoddard Boynton (1833-1902) Term: 1883
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter (b. 1924) Term: 1971-75, (39th President)

William: 4 Georgia governors
William Rabun (1771-1819) Term: 1817-19
William Schley (1786-1858) Term: 1835-37
William Jonathan Northen (1835-1913) Term: 1890-94
William Yates Atkinson (1854-99) Term: 1894-98

Joseph:
3 Georgia govenors
Joseph Emerson Brown (1821-94) Term: 1857-65
Joseph Meriwether Terrell (1861-1912) Term: 1902-07
Joseph Mackey Brown (1851-1932) Terms: 1909-11, 1912-13

Charles: 2 Georgia governors
Charles J. McDonald (1793-1860) Term: 1839-43
Charles Jones Jenkins (1805-83) Term: 1865-68

David: 2 Georgia governors
David Emanuel (1744-1808) Term: 1801
David Brydie Mitchell (1766-1837) Terms: 1809-13, 1815-17

Samuel: 2 Georgia governors (both went by their middle names)
Samuel “Marvin” Griffin, Sr. (1907-82) Term: 1955-59
Samuel “Ernest” Vandiver Jr. (1918-2005) Term: 1959-63

Thomas: 2 Georgia governors
Thomas Howard Ruger (1833-1907) Term: 1868
Thomas William Hardwick (1872-1944) Term: 1921-23

There was only one Georgia governor with the following names.

18th-19th Centuries:
Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-83) Term: 1882-83
Alfred Holt Colquitt (1824-94) Term: 1877-82
Benjamin Conley (1815-86) Term: 1871-72
Edward Telfair (1735-1807) Term: 1790-1793
Henry Dickerson McDaniel (1836-1926) Term: 1883-86
Herschel Vespasian Johnson (1812-80) Term: 1853-57
Howell Cobb (1815-68) Term: 1851-53
Jared Irwin (1750-1818) Terms: 1796-1798, 1806-09
Josiah Tattnall, Sr. (1762-1803) Term: 1801-02
Matthew Talbot (1767-1827) Term: 1819
Peter Early (1773-1817) Term: 1813-15
Rufus Brown Bullock (1834-1907) Term: 1868-71
Wilson Lumpkin (1783-1870) Term: 1831-35

20th-21st Century:
Allen Daniel Candler (1834-910) Term: 1898-1902
Carl Edward Sanders, Sr. (1925-2014) Term: 1963-67
Clifford Mitchell Walker (1877-1954) Term: 1923-27
Ellis Gibbs Arnall (1907-92) Term: 1943-47
Eugene Talmadge (1884-1946) Terms: 1933-37, 1941-43
Eurith Dickinson “Ed” Rivers (1895-1967) Term: 1937-41
Herman Eugene Talmadge, Sr. (1913-2002) Term: 1947-55
Hugh Manson Dorsey (1871-1948) Term: 1917-21
Joe Frank Harris (b. 1936) Term: 1983-1991
Lamartine Griffin Hardman (1856-1937) Term: 1927-31
Lester Garfield Maddox, Sr. (1915-2003) Term: 1967-1971
Michael “Hoke” Smith (1855-1931) Terms: 1907-09, 1911
Nathaniel E. Harris (1846-1929) Term: 1915-17
Richard Brevard Russell, Jr. (1897-71) Term: 1931-33
Roy Eugene Barnes (b. 1948) Term: 1999 -2003
Zell Bryan Miller (b, 1932) Term: 1991-1999


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