Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777-1779 Thomas Wright
1779-1786 Samuel Turbutt Wright
1786-1792 Solomon Clayton
1792-1796 Richard Wilson
1796-1815 William Hopper Nicholson
1815-1843 Thomas C. Earle
1843-1851 Lemuel Roberts
1851 Thomas Hughey

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 Samuel T. Harrison
1857-1858 Samuel Vickers
1858-1859 Robert Goldsborough
1859-1865 William A. Johnson

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

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1873 William A. Johnson
1873-1877 James P. Dudley
1877-1883 William E. Temple
1883-1889 Thomas A. Bryan
1889-1901 Finley Roberts
1901-1913 Robert W. Thomas
1913-1926 William T. Bishop

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. XVII, added by Chapter 227, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922):
1926-1930 William T. Bishop
1930-1942 Norman S. Dudley (D)
1942-1954 Edward E. Coursey
1954-1956 E. Clyde Walls 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 E. Clyde Walls D)
1966-1970 Dorothy E. Connolly
1970-1986 Madlyn E. Wooters
1986-2014 Winsie A. Cannon (D)
2014- Laura Nan Cooke (R)

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