Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777-1778 Kinsey Johns (died Feb. 14, 1778)
1778-1797 Francis King (died June 15, 1797)
1797-1820 Joseph Wilkinson
1820-1826 Walter Smith
1826-1834 Jeremiah M. Baden
1834-1842 James A. D. Dalrymple
1842-1851 Samuel S. Hodgkin

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 Richard Mackall
1857-1865 William A. Parran

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

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1869 William A. Parran
1869-1873 Benjamin Sedwick
1873-1879 Basil S. Dixon
1879-1885 Virgil Crompton Cox, Sr.
1885-1891 William H. Dowell
1891-1897 Charles S. Parran
1897-1909 Joseph J. Bafford
1909-1915 Arthur A. Harkness
1915-1926 Charles S. Parran

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1932 Charles S. Parran (died May 10, 1932)
1932-1934 Stewart C. Gibson
1934-1938 John W. Hall (R)
1938-1942 E. Roland Howard (D)
1942-1946 Evelyn C. Young (D)
1946-1950 M. Kenneth Buckler
1950-1956 Grace L. Hutchins

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):
1956-1978 Grace L. Hutchins
1978- Margaret H. Phipps (D)

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