Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):

1777-1799 John Nicholson
1799-1820 Richard Barroll
1820-1825 Cuthbert Hall
1825-1834 Frederick Wilson
1834-1846 James F. Browne
1846-1851 Ebenezer Welsh

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 Jacob A. Fisher
1857-1863 Benjamin F. Houston
1863-1865 Joseph P. Ireland

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

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1873 Edwin Couch
1873-1879 William Stevens
1879-1885 Joel C. Slaughter
1885-1891 T. Romie Strong
1891-1897 James T. Dixon
1897-1903 Clarence S. Hurlock
1903-1909 James E. Morris
1909-1915 Jesse R. Copper
1915-1921 Robert R. Hill
1921-1926 Samuel G. Caldwell (D)

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 Samuel G. Caldwell (D)
1927-1930 Merritt Brice (D)
1930-1934 Dr. Frank W. Smith (R)
1934-1938 T. Ringgold Jones (D)
1938-1942 Frank L. Elliott (D)
1942-1946 W. Paul Joiner (D)
1946-1954 Frisby N. Willson
1954-1956 E. Randolph Burgess

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 E. Randolph Burgess
1978-1998 Janet Lee Ashley (D)
1998-2017 Nancy Lee Jewel (D)
2017- A. Kristin Osborn (D)

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