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  • Gov. John Gayle (1792 - 1859)
    ) Amelia was the daughter of Alabama governor John Gayle. Alabama's seventh governor, John Gayle, was born on September 11, 1792, in Sumter District, South Carolina. He graduated from South Carolin...
  • Henry W. Collier, Governor (1801 - 1855)
    Henry Watkins Collier (January 17, 1801 – August 28, 1855 Bailey's Springs, Alabama) was the 14th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1849 to 1853. He was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia. ...
  • John A. Winston, Governor (1812 - 1871)
    John Anthony Winston (September 4, 1812 – December 21, 1871) was the 15th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1853 to 1857. He was born in 1812 in Madison County, Alabama and became the first ...
  • Joshua L. Martin, Governor (1799 - 1856)
    Joshua Lanier Martin (December 5, 1799 –November 2, 1856) was an American Democratic Party politician who served (as an Independent) as the 12th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1845 to 184...
  • Israel Pickens, Governor, U.S. Senator (1780 - 1827)
    Israel Pickens (January 30, 1780 – April 24, 1827) was an American politician and lawyer, third Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama (1821–1825), an Alabama U.S. Senator from February 17 to November...

The Governor of Alabama is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Alabama. The governor is the head of the executive branch of Alabama's state government and is charged with enforcing state laws. The governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Alabama Legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of impeachment. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.

There have officially been 54 governors of the state of Alabama; this official numbering skips acting and military governors. In addition, the first governor, William Wyatt Bibb, served as the only governor of Alabama Territory. Five people have served as acting governor, bringing the total number of people serving as governor to 58, spread over 63 distinct terms. Four governors have served multiple non-consecutive terms: Bibb Graves, Jim Folsom, and Fob James each served two, and George Wallace served three non-consecutive periods. Officially, these non-consecutive terms are numbered only with the number of their first term. William D. Jelks also served non-consecutive terms, but his first term was in an acting capacity. The longest-serving governor was George Wallace, who served sixteen years over four terms. The shortest term for a non-acting governor was that of Hugh McVay, who served four and a half months after replacing the resigning Clement Comer Clay. Lurleen Wallace, wife of George Wallace, was the first and so far only woman to serve as governor of Alabama, and the third woman to serve as governor of any state.

List of Governors of Alabama

Governors of the State of Alabama