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  • John 'Nolichucky Jack' Sevier, 1st Gov. of Tennessee (1745 - 1815)
    John Sevier (September 23, 1745–September 24, 1815) was an American soldier, frontiersman and politician, and one of the founding fathers of the State of Tennessee. He played a leading role, both milit...
  • Newton Cannon, 8th Governor of Tennessee (1781 - 1841)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Newton Cannon (May 22, 1781 – September 16, 1841) was Governor of the U.S. state of Tennessee from 1835 to 1839. Born in Guilford County, North Carolina, Canno...
  • James K. Polk, 11th President of the USA (1795 - 1849)
    James Knox Polk (pronounced /ˈpoʊk/ POKE; November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th President of the United States (1845–1849). Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later live...
  • Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the USA (1808 - 1875)
    17th President of the United States of America After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Vice-President Andrew Johnson assumed the Presidency. Johnson was the first president to be impeached, but w...
  • Gov. Robert Love Taylor (1850 - 1912)
    Robert Love Taylor (July 31, 1850 – March 31, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1879 to 1881, the Governor of Tennessee from 1887 to 1891 and from 1897 to 1899, and subsequently a...

The governor's term in office is limited by the Tennessee state constitution. The first constitution, enacted in 1796, set a term of two years for the governor and provided that no person could serve as governor for more than six years in any eight-year period. The term of office was lengthened to four years, without the possibility of consecutive terms, by constitutional amendments adopted in 1953. Under the current provisions of the state constitution, as amended in 1978, the governor is elected to a four-year term and may serve no more than two terms consecutively.

For a period of nearly five decades in the 20th century, the Tennessee Democratic Party held the Tennessee governorship continuously. However, since 1967 no two successive governors have belonged to the same party.

Governors of Tennessee

List of governors of Tennessee