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Illinois Governors

Statehood was granted to Illinois in 1818, bringing the total number of United States to 21. The most common name among Illinois Governors is far and away John with a total of 8. Richard is the second place runner-up with half that many.

The most uncommon names are Adlai and Lennington. We’ll probably never find another famous person with Lennington for a first name. All 3 Adlais are in the same family (including the 31st Illnois governor who went on to be the 5th Ambassador to the United Nations). Ninian is not as uncommon as you may think. We found a prominent man named Ninian in 3 countries, other than the USA.

John: 8 Illinois Governors
John Reynolds (1788-1865) Term: 1830-34
John Wood (1798-1880) Term: 1860-61
John McAuley Palmer (1817-1900) Term: 1869-73
John Lourie Beveridge (1824-1910) Term: 1873-77
John Marshall Hamilton (1847-1905) Term: 1883-85
John Peter Altgeld (1847-1902) Term: 1893-97
John Riley Tanner (1844-1901) Term: 1897-1901
John Henry Stelle (1891-1962) Term: 1940-1941 (3 months)

Richard: 4 Illinois Governors
Richard Yates (1815-73) Term: 1861-65
Richard James Oglesby (1824-99) Terms: 1865-69, 1873 (10 days), 1885-1889
Richard Yates, Jr. (1860-1936) Term: 1901-1905
Richard Buell Ogilvie (1923-88) Term: 1969-1973

William: 3 Illinois Governors
William Lee Davidson Ewing (1795-1846) Term: 1834 (14 days)
William Henry Bissell (1811-60) Term: 1857-1860
William Grant Stratton (1914-2001) Term: 1953-1961

Edward: 2 Illinois Governors
Edward Coles (1786-1868) Term: 1822-26
Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne (1853-1937) Term: 1913-17

James
James “Big Jim” Robert Thompson (b. 1936) Term: 1977-1991
James “Jim” Edgar (b. 1946) Term: 1991-1999

Joseph: 2 Illinois Governors
Joseph Duncan (1794-1844) Term: 1834-38
Joseph “Private Joe” Wilson Fifer (1840-1938) Term: 1889-93

Thomas: 2 Illinois Governors
Thomas Carlin (1789-1852) Term: 1838-42
Thomas Ford (1800-50) Term: 1842-46

Only one:
Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900-65) Term: 1949-1953
Augustus Chaflin French (1808-64) Term: 1846-1853
Bruce Vincent Rauner (b. 1957) Term: 2015- )
Charles Samuel Deneen (1863-1940) Term: 1905-1913
Daniel “Dan” Walker (1922-2015) Term: 1973-1977
Dwight Herbert Green (1897-1958) Term: 1941-1949
Frank Orren Lowden (1861-1943) Term: 1917-1921
George Homer Ryan, Sr. (b. 1934) Term: 1999-2003
Henry Horner (1878-1940) Term: 1933-1940
Joel Aldrich Matteson (1808-73) Term: 1853-57
Lennington “Len” Small (1862-1936) Term: 1921-1929
Louis Lincoln Emmerson (1863-1941) Term: 1929-1933
Ninian Edwards (1775-1833) Term: 1826-30
Otto Kerner (1908-76) Term: 1961-1968
Patrick Joseph “Pat” Quinn, Jr. (b. 1948) Term: 2009-2015
Rod R. Blagojevich (b. 1956) Term: 2003-2009
Samuel* H. Shapiro (1907-87) Term: 1968-1969
*given name: Israel
Shadrach Bond (1773-1832) Term: 1818-22
Shelby Moore Cullom (1829-1914) Term: 1877-83


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