Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777-1801 Esme Bayly
1801-1820 George Handy
1820-1845 James Polk
1845-1851 Smauel W. Jones

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 Samuel W. Jones
1857-1863 Sidney C. Long
1863-1865 John J. Dashiell (died Nov. 19, 1865)

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

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1879 William H. Gale
1879-1891 Hampden H. Dashiell
1891-1897 Robert F. Maddox
1897-1903 William F. Langford
1903-1907 Thomas Dixon (resigned Nov. 19, 1907)
1907-1915 Sidney Waller (resigned April 13, 1915)
1915 Robert F. Maddox
1915-1921 Lafayette Ruark
1921-1926 Hardy B. Cullan

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1950 Florence E. Dryden (R)
1950-1956 Edward Lankford Fontaine (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):
1956-1966 Edward Lankford Fontaine (D)
1966-1988 Littleton Thomas Dryden
1988-2014 Gary W. Miller (D)
2014- Keith B. Ward (R)

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