Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777-1779 Walter Harrison
1779-1781 Daniel Jenifer
1781-1796 John Murkets
1796-1825 Humphrey Barnes
1825-1833 William Duhurst Merrick (W)
1833-1838 Henry Brawner
1838-1846 Aquilla Bateman
1846-1851 Daniel Jenifer

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 Timothy A. Smith (W)
1857-1862 James D. Carpenter (W)
1862-1863 W. A. Carpenter
1863-1865 Joseph Stewart

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1864, Art. IV, sec. 46):
1865-1867 Joseph Stewart

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1873 Joseph Stewart
1873-1879 M. Thompson
1879-1885 James M. Harvey
1885-1897 J. Benjamin Mattingly
1897-1903 Cataldus H. Posey (R)
1903-1909 Francis B. Matthews
1909-1915 Philip E. Sasscer (D)
1915-1921 Charles N. Dement (R)
1921-1926 Notley T. Dutton

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1927 Notley T. Dutton
1927-1934 George A. Wade (R)
1934-1946 Ruth E. Carpenter (D)
1946-1956 Evelyn R. Posey Primeau

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41, amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956):
1956-1958 Georgietta Croft
1958-1990 Gertrude C. Wright
1990-2010 Susie C. Bowles (R)
2010- Loraine Davies Hennessy (D)

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