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Territorial Governors

During Utah's history there have been 14 Territorial Governors and 17 Governors of the State.

Territorial Governors State Governors

Young | Cumming | Dawson | Harding | Doty | Durkee | Shaffer | Vaughan | Woods | Axtell | Emery | Murray | West | Thomas

During the territorial period, from 1850 to 1895, Utah's governors were appointed by the president of the United States. With the exception of Brigham Young, all the governors were outsiders and nonMormons. Often referred to as carpetbaggers, most had practiced law and pursued political office before arriving in Utah. A patronage appointment, the governorship of Utah was a difficult and geographically remote assignment, and some of those willing to accept posts in the western territories were of marginal ability and character. Utah's territorial governors represent a wide range of capabilities and accomplishments. (Note: The above links do not include acting governors, usually the territorial secretary, who served on an interim basis.)

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