Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777 Benton Harris
1777-1780 William Morris
1780-1782 John Morris
1782-1792 John Wise
1792-1799 Levin Handy
1799-1806 James B. Robbins
1806-1824 Matthew Hopkins
1824-1839 Lemuel P. Spence
1839-1846 Samuel R. Smith
1846-1851 Teagle Townsend

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 George B. Gray
1857-1863 Thomas P. Parket
1863-1865 Edward Hubbell

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1864, Art. IV, sec. 46):
1865-1867 Dr. George Wilson Bishop

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1873 Dr. George Wilson Bishop
1873-1884 George T. Bratten
1884-1897 Thomas D. Purnell
1897-1915 Edward P. Davis
1915-1921 Asbury C. Riley (R)
1921-1926 Paul James

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1938 Paul James
1938-1953 Frank E. Hudson (D)
1953-1956 Kathryn J. Corddry (D)

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):
1956-1974 Kathryn J. Corddry (D)
1974-1986 Charlotte L. Outten
1986-1998 Stephen V. Hales (D)
1998- Charlotte K. Cathell (D)

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