Appointed by Governor (Constitution of 1776, secs. 40, 41):
1777-1806 Jeremiah Jordan (died Jan. 12, 1806)
1806-1826 James Forrest (died Sept. 2, 1826)
1826-1835 Enoch Joseph Millard (died March 20, 1835)
1835-1851 George Combs

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, sec. 18):
1851-1857 George Combs
1857-1865 James T. M. Raley

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1864, Art. IV, sec. 46):
1865-1867 James T. M. Raley

Elected by Voters to 6-year terms (Constitution of 1867, Art. IV, sec. 41):
1867-1879 James T. M. Raley
1879-1885 John B. Abell
1885-1891 James T. M. Raley
1891-1897 Philip H. Dorsey
1897-1903 Philip T. Buckler
1903-1909 J. Philip Greenwell
1909-1922 Benjamin Combs (died July 12, 1922)
1922-1926 Mary Lucille Combs

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 Mary Lucille Combs
1930-1934 Anita C. Norris Thrift
1934-1938 Addie C. Maddox
1938-1841 J. Warren Guy (died Sept. 15, 1941)
1941-1956 Rosalie Guy Clarke

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):
1956-1962 Rosalie Guy Clarke (died Aug. 13, 1962)
1962-1977 Mary R. Bell (resigned 1977)
1977-2002 Norma I. Dawson (D)
2002-2010 Dianne B. McWilliams (D)
2010- Lois A. Duke (D)

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