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Capital: Richmond

State Nickname: Old Dominion State

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Dogwood

Admitted to the Union: June 25, 1788

 
Governors

December 3, 1788 to December 1, 1791:

Beverley Randolph

December 1, 1791 to December 1, 1794:

Henry Lee

December 1, 1794 to December 1, 1796:

Robert Brooke

December 1, 1796 to December 1, 1799:

James Wood

December 1, 1799 to December 1, 1802:

James Monroe

December 1, 1802 to December 1, 1805:

John Page

December 7, 1805 to December 1, 1808:

William H. Cabell

December 1, 1808 to January, 1811:

John Tyler, Sr.

January 16, 1811 to April 5, 1811:

James Monroe*

* Resigned from office

April 6, 1811 to December 26, 1811:

George William Smith*

* Acting governor

December 27, 1811 to January 3, 1812:

Peyton Randolph*

* Acting governor

January 3, 1812 to December 1, 1814:

James Barbouri

December 1, 1814 to December 1, 1816:

Wilson Carey Nicholas

December 1, 1816 to December 1, 1819:

James P. Preston

December 1, 1819 to December 1, 1822:

Thomas M. Randolph

December 1, 1822 to December, 1825:

James Pleasants

December 10, 1825 to March 4, 1827:

John Tyler, Jr.

March 4, 1827 to March 4, 1830:

William B. Giles

March 4, 1830 to March 31, 1834:

John Floyd

March 31, 1834 to April 30, 1836:

Littleton W. Tazwell*

* Resigned from office

April 30, 1836 to March 31, 1837:

Wyndham Robertson

March 31, 1837 to March 31, 1840:

David Campbell

March 31, 1840 to March, 1841:

Thomas W. Gilmer*

* Resigned from office

March 18, 1841 to March 31, 1841:

John Mercer Patton*

* As senior member of the Council of State, became acting governor.
Following Gilmer's resignation, the Legislature did not elect a new
governor for 21 months. Patton, Rutherford and Gregory took turns as
acting governors

March 31, 1841 to March 31, 1842:

John Rutherford

March 31, 1842 to January 1, 1843:

John M. Gregory

January 1, 1843 to January 1, 1846:

James McDowell

January 1, 1846 to January 1, 1849:

William Smith

January 1, 1849 to January 16, 1852:

John B. Floyd

January 16, 1852 to December 1, 1855:

Joseph Johnson

January 1, 1856 to December 31, 1859:

Henry A. Wise

January 1, 1860 to December 31, 1863:

John Letcher

January 1, 1864 to April, 1865:

William Smith*

* Last Confederate governor

April, 1865 to April 4, 1868:

Francis H. Peirpoint*

* Provisional governor

April 4, 1868 to September 21, 1869:

Henry H. Wells*

* Provisional governor

September 21, 1869 to January 1, 1874:

Gilbert C. Walker

January 1, 1874 to January 1, 1878:

James Lawson Kemper

January 1, 1878 to January 1, 1882:

Frederick W. M. Holliday

January 1, 1882 to January 1, 1886:

William E. Camerson

January 1, 1886 to January 1, 1890:

Fitzhugh Lee

January 1, 1890 to January 1, 1894:

Philip W. McKinley

January 1, 1894 to January 1, 1898:

Charles T. O'Ferrall

January 1, 1898 to January 1, 1902:

James Hoge Tyler

January 1, 1902 to February 1, 1906:

Andrew J. Montague

February 1, 1906 to February 10, 1910:

Cluade A. Swanson

February 10, 1910 to February 1, 1914:

William H. Mann

February 1, 1914 to February 1, 1918:

Henry C. Stuart

February 1, 1918 to February 1, 1922:

Westmoreland Davis

February 1, 1022 to February 1, 1926:

E. Lee Trinkle

February 1, 1926 to January 15, 1930:

Henry F. Byrd

January 15, 1930 to January 17, 1934:

John G. Pollard

January 17, 1934 to January 19, 1938:

George C. Peery

January 18, 1938 to January 21, 1942:

James H. Price

January 21, 1942 to January 16, 1946:

Colagate W. Darden, Jr.

January 16, 1946 to January 18, 1950:

William M. Tuck

January 18, 1950 to January 11, 1958:

John S. Battle

January 11, 1958 to January 13, 1962:

Thomas B. Stanley

January 13, 1962 to January 15, 1966:

Albertis S. Harrison

January 16, 1966 to January 17, 1970:

Mills E. Goodwin, Jr.

January 17, 1970 to January 12, 1974:

Linwood Holton

January 12, 1974 to January 14, 1978:

Miles E. Goodwin, Jr.

January 14, 1978 to January 16, 1982:

John Dalton

January 16, 1982 to January 18, 1986:

Charles S. Robb

January 18, 1986 to January 14, 1990:

Gerald L. Baliles

January 14, 1990 to January 15, 1994:

L. Douglas Wilder

January 15, 1994 to January 17, 1998:

George F. Allen

January 17, 1998 to January 12, 2002:

James S. Gilmore III

January 12, 2002 to January 14, 2006

Mark R. Warner

January 14, 2006

Tim Kaine

 
Senators - Class I

March 4, 1789 - March 12, 1790

William Grayson

March 31, 1790 - November 9, 1790

John Walker

November 9, 1790 March 29, 1794

James Monroe

November 18, 1794 - May 10, 1803

Stevens Thomson Mason

June 4, 1803 - December 7, 1803

John Taylor of Caroline

December 7, 1803 June 7, 1804

Abraham Bedford Venable

August 11, 1804 - December 3, 1804

Andrew Moore

December 4, 1804 - March 3, 1809

Andrew Moore

March 4, 1809 - December 30, 1814

Richard Brent

January 2, 1815 - March 7, 1825

James C. Barbour

December 26, 1825 - March 3, 1827

John Randolph of Roanoke

March 4, 1827 February 29, 1836

John Tyler, Jr.

March 4, 1836 March 3, 1839

William Cabell Rives

March 3, 1839 March 3, 1845

Vacant

March 4, 1841 March 3, 1845

William Cabell Rives

December 3, 1845 - January 12, 1847

Isaac Samuels Pennybacker

January 21, 1847 - March 28, 1861

James Murray Mason

July 9, 1861 - March 3, 1863

Waitman Thomas Willey

March 4, 1863 - January 2, 1864

Lemuel Jackson Bowden

January 2, 1864 - January 26, 1870

Vacant

January 26, 1870 - March 3, 1875

John Francis Lewis

March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1881

Robert Enoch Withers

March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1887

William Mahone

March 4, 1887 - June 29, 1910

John Warwick Daniel

August 1, 1910 - March 3, 1933

Claude Augustus Swanson

March 4, 1933 November 10, 1965

Harry Flood Byrd, Sr.

November 12, 1965 January 3, 1983

Harry Flood Byrd, Jr.

January 3, 1983 January 3, 1989

Paul Seward Trible, Jr.

January 3, 1989 January 3, 2001

Charles Spittal Robb

January 3, 2001 January 3, 2007

George Felix Allen

January 3, 2007

James Henry Webb, Jr.

 
Senators - Class II

March 4, 1789 October 8, 1792

Richard Henry Lee

October 18, 1792 - May 11, 1794

John Taylor of Caroline

December 29, 1794 January 24, 1799

Henry Tazewell

December 5, 1799 - May 22, 1804

Wilson Cary Nicholas

January 3, 1816 - March 3, 1817

Armistead Thomson Mason

March 4, 1817 - December 4, 1819

John Wayles Eppes

December 14, 1819 December 15, 1822

James Pleasants, Jr.

December 18, 1822 - August 1, 1824

John Taylor of Caroline

December 7, 1824 July 16, 1832

Littleton Waller Tazewell

December 10, 1832 February 22, 1834

William Cabell Rives

February 26, 1834 - July 4, 1836

Benjamin Watkins Leigh

December 15, 1836 - February 13, 1837

Richard Elliot Parker

March 14, 1837 - March 3, 1841

William Henry Roane

March 4, 1841 March 3, 1847

William Segar Archer

March 4, 1847 March 28, 1861

Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter

June 9, 1861 - March 3, 1865

John Snyder Carlile

March 4, 1865 - March 14, 1870

Vacant

March 15, 1871, until March 3, 1883

John Warfield Johnston

March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1889

Harrison Holt Riddleberger

March 4, 1889 - May 14, 1892

John Strode Barbour, Jr. * Died in office

May 28, 1892 - March 3, 1895

Eppa Hunton II

March 4, 1895 - November 12, 1919

Thomas Staples Martin

February 20, 1920 May 28, 1946

Carter Glass * Died in office

May 31, 1946 - November 5, 1946

Thomas Granville Burch

November 6, 1946 - December 30, 1966

Absalom Willis Robertson

December 31, 1966 - January 3, 1973

William Belser Spong, Jr.

January 3, 1973 January 1, 1979

William Lloyd Scott

January 2, 1979 January 3, 2009

John William Warner

 
State Population

1790: 747,550

1800: 885,171

1810: 974,622

1820: 1,065,379

1830: 1,211,405

1840: 1,239,797

1850: 1,421,661

1860: 1,596,318

1870: 1,225,163

1880: 1,512,565

1890: 1,655,980

1900: 1,854,184

1910: 2,061,612

1920: 2,309,187

1930: 2,421,851

1940: 2,644,250

1950: 3,118,680

1960: 3,966,949

1970: 4,651,448

1980: 5,346,818

1990: 6,187,358

2000: 7,078,483


State Capitol Building 1907