Appointed by Secretary in Maryland:
1743-1752 Robert King III (died April 1752)
1752-1777 Henry Johnson

Appointed by County Court Justices (Constitution of 1776, sec. 47):
1777 Robert Dennis
1777 John Done
1778-1795 James Round Morris
1795-1837 John C. Handy

Appointed by Governor to 7-year terms (Chapter 224, Acts of 1836, confirmed by Chapter 160, Acts of 1837):
1837-1847 Gordon M. Handy
1847-1851 Edward D. Martin


Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 14):
1851-1856 Edward D. Martin
1856-1857 John A. Purnell
1857-1863 William E. Timmons
1863-1865 George H. Richardson

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1864, Art. IV, sec. 29):
1865-1867 George H. Richardson

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 25):
1867-1886 Irving T. Matthews
1886-1889 John W. Staton
1889-1890 John M. Richardson (D)
1890-1908 Francis Henry Purnell (D)
1908-1925 Oliver Dale Collins (died 1925)
1925-1926 Sue M. Collins

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1939 Bessie Bowen
1939-1944 Joseph E. Brimer (D) (resigned 1944)
1944-1953 Charles W. Nelson, Jr.
1953-1955 E. Wilfred Ross (resigned)
1955-1958 Frank White Hales (D)

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 25, amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956):
1958-1982 Frank White Hales (D)
1982-1990 Warne C. Littleton
1990-1998 Richard H. Outten (D)
Stephen V. Hales (D)
2014- Susan R. Braniecki (R)

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