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Bibliography – State-by-State

Historical Overviews

  • Black, Earl. (1976). Southern Governors and Civil Rights: Racial Segregation As a Campaign Issue.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Hesseltine, William B. (1948). Lincoln and the War Governors.  New York, NY: Knopf.
  • Mullaney, Marie Marmo. (1994). Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States 1988-1994. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Mullaney, Marie Marmo. (1989). Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1983-1988. Westport, CT: Meckler Books.
  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo, eds. (1978).  Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Westport, CT: Meckler Books.



  • Carter, Dan T. (2000). The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.
  • Cotter, Patrick R. and James Glen Stovall. (2009).  After Wallace: the 1986 Contest for Governor and Political Change in Alabama.  Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.
  • Dorman, Michael. (1976). The George Wallace Myth. New York, NY:: Bantam Books.
  • Frady, Marshall. (1996). Wallace: The Classic Portrait of Alabama Governor George Wallace.  New York, NY: Random House.
  • Frederick, Jeff. (2007).  Stand up for Alabama: Governor George Wallace.  Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.
  • Howard, Gene. (2008).  Patterson for Alabama: the Life and Career of John Patterson. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.
  • Jones, W. Raymond. (2000). Alabama Governors Then and Now.  Montgomery, AL: W.R. Jones.
  • Rohler, Lloyd. (2004). George Wallace: Conservative Populist. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
  • Trest, Warren. (2008).  Nobody but the People: the Life and Times of Alabama’s Youngest Governor.  Montgomery, AL: NewSouth Books.
  • Wallace, George C.  (1976).  Stand up for America.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
  • Webb, Samuel L. and Margaret E. Armbrester, eds. (2001).  Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State.  Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.


  •  Hammond, Jay. (1996).  Tales of Alaska’s Bush Rat Governor: The Extraordinary Autobiography of Jay. S. Hammond.  Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press.
  • Hilley, Joe, (2008).  Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader.  Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan Publishing.
  • James, G. Robert. (2008). Sarah Palin: The Real Deal.  Lakeland, FL: White Stone Books.
  • Johnson, Kaylene. (2008). Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down.  Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
  • Palin, Sarah. (2009). Going Rogue: An American Life.  New York, NY: HarperCollins.


  • Clinton, Bill. (2004). My Life. New York, NY: Knopf.
  • Donovan, Timothy Paul and Willard B. Gatewood. (1981). The Governors of Arkansas: Essays in Political Biography.  Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press.
  • Hamilton, Nigel. (2003).  Bill Clinton: An American Journey.  New York, NY: Random House.
  • Huckabee, Mike. (1997). Character is the Issue: How People With Integrity Can Revolutionize America.  Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group.
  • Ward, John L. (1978). The Arkansas Rockefeller.  Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.
  • Urwin, Cathy Kunzinger. (1991). Agenda for Reform: Winthrop Rockefeller as Governor of Arkansas, 1967-71.  Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press.


  • McMillan, James Elton. (2004). Ernest W. McFarland: Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Governor and Chief Justice of the State of Arizona.  Prescott AZ: Hall, Sharlot Museum Press.
  • Myers, John L. (1989). The Arizona Governors 1912-1990.  Phoenix: Heritage Publications.


  • Cannon, Lou. (2003). Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power.  New York, NY: Public Affairs.
  • Douzet, Frederick, Thad Kousser, and Ken Miller, eds. (2008). The New Political Geography of California.  Berkeley CA: Institute of Governmental Studies Press.
  • Leamer, Eric. (2006).  Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  New York, NY: Public Affairs.
  • Mathews, Joe. (2006). The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger And the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy.  New York, NY: Public Affairs.
  • Melendy, H. Brett and Benjamin F. Gilbert. (1965). The Governors of California: Peter H. Burnett to Edmund G. Brown. Georgetown, CA: Talisman Press.
  • Morris, Edmund. (1999). Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.  New York, NY: Random House.
  • Quinn, Mildred. (1970).  California Governors: Past and Present.   Chicago: Franklin Publications.
  • Schaechtele, Molly Shoemaker. (1995). The Governors of California and their Portraits.  Sacramento: California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association.
  • Worthen, James.  (2006). Governor James Rolph and the Great Depression in California.  San Francisco: McFarland & Co.


  • Lamm, Richard. (1984).  Pioneers & Politicians: 10 Colorado Governors in Profile.  Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Co.
  • Preston, R.L.  (2006). Stetson, Pipe, and Boots–Colorado’s Cattleman Governor: A Biography About Dan Thornton.  Victoria, B.C., Canada: Trafford Publishing.


  • Norton, Frederick Calvin. (1905). The Governors of Connecticut.  Hartford, CT: Connecticut Magazine Co.


  • Division of Historical Resources, Department of State, State of Florida, Florida Governors’ Portraits (online portraits and brief profiles of governors from 1821 through present)
  • Dyckman, Martin. (2006).  Floridian of His Century: The Courage of Governor Leroy Collins.  Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.


  • Cook, James F. (2005). Governors of Georgia, 1754-1995.  Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.
  • Henderson, Harold Paulk. (2000).  Ernest Vandiver: Governor of Georgia.  Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • Henderson, Harold Paulk. (1991).  The Politics of Change in Georgia: A Political Biography of Ellis Arnall.  Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • Hyatt, Richard. (1997).  Zell: The Governor who Gave Georgia Hope.  Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.


  • Ress, David. (2006). Governor Edward Coles and the Vote to Forbid Slavery in Illinois, 1823-1824.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co.


  • Gugin, Linda C. and James E. St. Clair.  (2006). The Governors of Indiana.  Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Bureau.
  • Mills, Randy Keith, Ray E. Boomhower, Kathleen M. Breen, and Paula J. Corpuz.  (2005).  Jonathan Jennings: Indiana’s First Governor (Indiana Biography Series.


  • Bowermaster, Jon. (1987). Governor: An Oral Biography of Robert D. Ray. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press.
  • Walsh, Matthew R. (2017). The Good Governor: Robert Ray and the Indochinese Refugees of Iowa. McFarland & Company, Inc.


  • Department for Libraries and Archives, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky’s Governors (brief online biographical outline of governors)
  • Harrison, Lowell Hayes. (2004). Kentucky’s Governors (Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky.
  • Powell, Robert A. (1976).  Kentucky Governors (Danville, KY: Bluegrass Printing Company.


  • Bridges, Tyler. (2001). Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards.  New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
  • Cowan, Walter Greaves and Jack B. McGuire. (2008).  Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers.  Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Dawson, Joseph G. (1990).  The Louisiana Governors: From Iberville to Edwards.  Baton Rouge: LSU Press.
  • Long, Huey P. (1933). Every Man a King: the Autobiography of Huey P. Long.  New Orleans: National Book Co.
  • Reeves, Miriam G. (1998). The Governors of Louisiana.  Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co.
  • White, Jr., Richard D. (2006). Kingfish: the Reign of Huey P. Long.  New York, NY: Random House.
  • Williams, Harry T. (1969). Huey Long.  New York, NY: Knopf.


  • Smith, C. Fraser. (1999). William Donald Schaefer: A Political Biography.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • White, Jr., Frank F. (1970). The Governors of Maryland, 1777-1970.  Annapolis, MD: Hall of Records Commission.


  • Beatty, Jack. (1992). The Rascal King: the Life and Times of James Michael Curley, 1874-1958.  Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Nyhan, David. (1988). Duke: The Inside Story of a Political Phenomenon.  Clayton, Victoria, Canada: Warner Books.
  • Rivers, George R.R. (1896). The Governor’s Garden: A Relation of Some Passages in the Life of His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Sometime Captain-General and Governor-in-chief of His Majesty’s Province of Massachusetts Bay.  Boston: Joseph Knight Co.


  • Hemans, Lawton T. (1920). Life And Times of Stevens Thomson Mason: The Boy Governor of Michigan.  Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission.
  • Mollenhoff, Clark R. (1968).  George Romney: Mormon in Politics.  Des Moines, IA: Meredith Press.


  • Greenberg, Keith Elliot and Keith Greenburg. (1999).  Jesse Ventura.  Minneapolis: Lerner Publishing Group.
  • Ventura, Jesse. (2000).  I Ain’t Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up.   New York, NY: Signet.
  • Wilson, Betty. (2005).  Rudy! the People’s Governor: The Life And Times Of Rudy Perpich.  Minneapolis, MN: Nodin Press.


  • Sumners, Cecil Lamar. (1980). The Governors of Mississippi.  Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co.
  • Waller, Bill. (2007).  Straight Ahead: The Memoirs of a Mississippi Governor.  Brandon, MS: Quail Ridge Press.


  • Opocensky, Virginia. (1985). Nebraska Governors.  Lincoln, NE: Lincoln City Libraries.
  • Wehrbein, Theodore J. (2006). The Political Career of Robert B. Crosby, Nebraska Governor, 1953-1955.  Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska at Omaha. (M.A. Thesis)

New Jersey

  • Aron, Michael. (1994). Governor’s Race: A TV Reporter’s Chronicle of the 1993 Florio/Whitman Campaign.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Birkner, Michael J., Donald Linky, and Peter Mickulas, eds. (2014). The Governors of New Jersey: Biographical Essays. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Felzenberg, Alvin S.  (2006). Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Hogarty, Richard A. (2001). Leon Abbett’s New Jersey:The Emergence of the Modern Governor.  Darby, PA: Diane Publishing Co.
  • Lockard, Duane. (1964). The New Jersey Governor: A Study in Political Power.  Princeton: D. Van Nostrand.
  • McClure, Sandy. (1996). Christie Whitman for the People: A Political Biography.  Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
  • Stellhorn, Paul A. and Michael J. Birkner, (eds.). (1982).  The Governors of New Jersey 1664-1974: Biographical Essays.  Trenton, NJ, New Jersey Historical Commission.
  • Wefing, John B. (2009). The Life and Times of Richard J. Hughes: The Politics of Civility.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Weissman, Art. (1996).  Christine Todd Whitman: The Making of a National Political Player.  Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing Corp.

New Mexico

  • Dargan, Miguel Marion. (1940) My Nine Years as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1897-1906.  Albuquerque, NM, University of New Mexico Press.
  • Rice, Liz. (2008). Bill Richardson. Philadelphia: Mason Crest Publishers.

New York

  • Cuomo, Mario. (1984). Diaries of M. Cuomo: The Campaign for Governor.  New York, NY: Random House.
  • Jenkins, John S. (1851). Lives of the Governors of the State of New York . Auburn, NY: Derby and Miller.
  • Masters, Brooke A.  (2006). Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer.  New York, NY: Owl Books.
  • Morris, Edmund. (2001). The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.  New York, NY: Modern Library.
  • Morris, Edmund. (2001).  Theodore Rex.  New York, NY: Random House.
  • Persico, Joseph E. (1982). The Imperial Rockefeller: A Biography of Nelson A. Rockefeller.  New York, NY: Pocket Books.
  • Reich, Cary. (1996).  The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to Conquer, 1908-1958.  New York, NY: Doubleday.
  • Tully, Grace. (1949).  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, My Boss.  Chicago, Il: Peoples Book Club.
  • Underwood, James E. and William J. Daniels. (1982). Governor Rockefeller in New York: The Apex of Pragmatic Liberalism in the United States.  Westport, CT: Greenwood.

North Carolina

  • Crabtree, Beth G. (1974). North Carolina Governors 1585-1974: Brief Sketches.  Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives & History.


  • Ohio Historical Society, Ohio History Central (brief biographies of Ohio governors)
  • Rhodes, James A. (1991). Ohio Governor 1963-1971 and 1975-1983.  Columbus, OH: Ohio Editorial Enterprises.


  • Fischer, LeRoy Henry. (1975). Oklahoma’s Governors 1890-1907: Territorial Years. Norman, OK: Oklahoma Historical Society.


  • Armor, William C.  (1872).  Lives of the Governors of Pennsylvania, with the Incidental History of the State from 1609 to 1872.  Philadelphia: James K. Dixon.
  • Casey, Robert P. (1996). Fighting for Life.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc.
  • Swetnam, George.  (1990).  The Governors of Pennsylvania 1790-1990.  Greensburg, PA: McDonald & Sward Publishing Co.
  • Thornburgh, Dick. (2003). Where the Evidence Leads: An Autobiography. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Wolf, George D.  (1981). William Warren Scranton: Pennsylvania Statesman.  University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Rhode Island

  • Mohr, Ralph S.  (1954). Governors for Three Hundred Years: Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1638-1954.  Providence, RI: State of Rhode Island Graves Registration Committee.


  • Crawford, Charles Wann.  (1979).  Governors of Tennessee, 1790-1835.  Memphis, TN: Memphis State University Press.


  • Texas State Historical Association, Handbook of Texas Online (online biographies of Texas governors)
  • Anderson, Ken. (2008).  Dan Moody: Crusader for Justice. Washington, DC: Georgetown Press.
  • De Bruhl, Marshall. (1993).  Sword of San Jacinto: A Life of Sam Houston.  New York, NY: Random House.
  • Fitzgerald, Hugh Nugent.  (1927).  Governors I Have Known.  Austin:: The Austin American-Statesman.
  • Gantt, Jr., Fred.  (1964).  The Chief Executive in Texas.  Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • Phares, Ross. (1976). The Governors of Texas. Gretna, LA: Pelican.
  • Williams, Amelia W. and Eugene C. Barker, eds. (1970). The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863 (8 vols). Austin and New York: Pemberton Press.
  • Williams, John Hoyt. (1993).  Sam Houston: A Biography of the Father of Texas.  New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.


  • Lythgoe, Dennis L. (1982). Let ‘Em Holler: A Political Biography of J. Bracken Lee.  Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society.


  • Brock, R.A. (1888). Virginia and Virginians: Executives of the Colony of Virginia from Sir Thomas Smyth to Lord Dunmore.  Charlottesville, VA: H.H. Hardesty.
  • Jeffries, Judson L.  (2000).  Virginia’s Native Son: The Election and Administration of Governor L. Douglas Wilder.  Purdue University Press.


  • Scheer, Teva J. (2005). Governor Lady: The Life and Times of Nellie Tayloe Ross.  Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.

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