Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777-1785 John Bracco
1785-1787 James Bracco
1787-1792 John Gibson, Jr.
1792-1845 James Price
1845-1851 John H. Harris

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 John Donovan
1857-1862 Nicholas Rice (died Jan. 29, 1862)
1862-1863 Tilghman N. Chance
1863-1865 John Goldsborough

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

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1878 Tilghman N. Chance (resigned effective Jan. 1, 1878)
1878-1879 Charles R. Mulliken
1879-1897 Edward H. Roe
1897-1915 Charles R. Wooters
1915-1921 Ernest H. Burns
1921-1926 James A. Spence

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1934 James A. Spence
1934-1942 J. Dawson Stafford
1942-1946 James L. Stichberry
1946-1948 Robert A. Dodson (died April 10, 1948)
1948-1956 Ruth R. Startt (D) (1912-2006)

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):
1956-1966 Ruth R. Startt (D) (1912-2006)
1966-1978 Harry N. Wilson (D)
1978-1986 C. Kenneth Dulin (D) (1920-2011)
1986-2012 Alice W. Anderson (D) (retired Dec. 31, 2012)
2013- Patricia E. Campen (D)

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