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Name County Politics Elected or Appointed
Jacob Edgar Boyers Tyler Republican 1863
Granville D. Hall Ohio Republican 1864
John S. Witcher Cabell Republican 1866
James M. Pipes Marshall Republican 1868
John M. Phelps Mason Democrat 1870
Charles Hedrick Kanawha Democrat 1873
Sobieski Brady Ohio Democrat 1877
Randolph Stalnaker Greenbrier Democrat 1881
1Henry S. Walker Kanawha Democrat 1885
William A. A. Ohley Marion Democrat 1890
William E. Chilton Kanawha Democrat 1893
2William M. O. Dawson Preston Republican 1897
2Charles Wesley Swisher Marion Republican 1904
Stuart F. Reed Harrison Republican 1908
Stuart F. Reed Harrison Republican 1912
Houston G. Young Harrison Republican 1916
Houston G. Young Harrison Republican 1920
George W. Sharp Pocahontas Republican 1924
George W. Sharp Pocahontas Republican 1928
William Smith O'Brien Upshur Democrat 1932
William Smith O'Brien Upshur Democrat 1936
William Smith O'Brien Upshur Democrat 1940
William Smith O'Brien Upshur Democrat 1944
3D. Pitt O'Brien Upshur Democrat 1948
D. Pitt O'Brien Upshur Democrat 1952
4Helen F. Holt Lewis Republican Appointed December 1, 1957
5Joe F. Burdett Mason Democrat 1958
Joe F. Burdett Mason Democrat 1960
Joe F. Burdett Mason Democrat 1964
6Robert D. Bailey Wyoming Democrat Appointed May 17, 1965
7Robert D. Bailey Wyoming Democrat 1966
John D. Rockefeller, IV Kanawha Democrat 1968
Edgar F. Heiskell, III Monongalia Republican 1972
8James R. McCartney Monongalia Republican Appointed March 19, 1975
A. James Manchin Marion Democrat 1976
A. James Manchin Marion Democrat 1980
Ken Hechler Cabell Democrat 1984
Ken Hechler Cabell Democrat 1988
Ken Hechler Cabell Democrat 1992
Ken Hechler Cabell Democrat 1996
Joe Manchin Marion Democrat 2000
Betty Ireland Kanawha Republican 2004
Natalie Tennant Kanawha Democrat 2008
Natalie Tennant Kanawha Democrat 2012

*Elective office from 1863 to 1872, appointive office from 1872 to 1904, and elective office since that date.
1Held office pending settlement of the Fleming-Goff gubernatorial contest, being succeeded April 22, 1890, by William A. Ohley, who served until March 24, 1893, when the Governor appointed William E. Chilton.
2Appointed by the Governor. Resigned March 3, 1905, the day before being inaugurated Governor. Charles W. Swisher, who had been elected Secretary of State in 1904, was appointed by Governor White to fill the one-day vacancy.
3Appointed to fill vacancy caused by death of William Smith O'Brien, August 10, 1948.
4Appointed December 1, 1957, to fill vacancy created by death of D. Pitt O'Brien, November 29, 1957.
5Elected for unexpired term ending January 15, 1961.
6Appointed May 17, 1965, to fill vacancy caused by death of Joe F. Burdett.
7Elected for unexpired term ending January 1969.
8Appointed March 19, 1975, to fill vacancy created by resignation of Edgar F. Heiskell III.

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