Secretary of State

Secretary of the Territory


The duties of the Secretary of the Territory, as prescribed by the Organic Act, were to record and preserve all the laws and proceedings of the Legislative Assemblies and all acts and proceedings of the Governor in his executive department; in case of death, removal, resignation or other necessary absence of the Governor from the Territory, the Secretary was empowered and authorized to be Acting Governor.[1]

An Act of the 1882 Legislative Assembly declared the Secretary of the Territory to be Superintendent of Weights and Measures. This act was repealed in 1884.[2] The Secretary received $1,800 annually. There were, however various changes to his salary during this period, 1869 - 1890. He received no other compensation that that allowed by the laws of the United States.[3]



Name (Party)

Date of Appointment

Oath of Office

Term Expired

Birth

Death

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Edward M. Lee (R)

April 7, 1869

April 14, 1869

May 25, 1870

Aug. 23, 1837

Jan. 1, 1913

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Herman Glafcke (R)

March 2, 1870

May 25, 1870

May 1, 1873

June 20, 1840

March 25, 1912

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Jason B. Brown (D)

March 26, 1873

May 1, 1873

March 17, 1875

Feb. 26, 1839

March 10, 1898

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George W. French (R)

Feb. 24, 1875

March 17, 1875

Feb. 25, 1879

Aug. 11, 1823

Aft. 1879

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A. Worth Spates (R)

Jan. 7, 1879

Feb. 25, 1879

April 1, 1880

Feb. 14, 1847

Aug. 1907

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Elliott S.N. Morgan (R)

March 15, 1880

April 1, 1880

April 8, 1884

Jan. 1832

April 20, 1894

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Elliott S.N. Morgan (R)[4]

March 31, 1884

April 8, 1884

April 25, 1887

Jan. 1832

April 20, 1894

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Samuel D. Shannon (D)

April 9, 1887

April 25, 1887

Jan. 31, 1888

May 3, 1833

September 13, 1896

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Samuel D. Shannon (D)

Jan. 24, 1888

Jan. 31, 1888

July 1, 1889

May 3, 1833

September 13, 1896

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John W. Meldrum (R)

May 20, 1889

July 1, 1889

Jan. 20, 1890

Sept. 17, 1843

Feb. 27, 1936

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John W. Meldrum (R)

Jan. 9, 1890

Jan. 20, 1890

Nov. 8, 1890

Sept. 17, 1843

Feb. 27, 1936



Secretaries of State


The Secretary of State serves as defacto lieutenant governor, acting governor, securities administrator, state elections officer, and convenes the state House of Representatives, certifies corporations; registers securities, broker dealers, and trademarks; accepts filings under the Uniform Commercial Code; maintains a registry of rules and regulations of state agencies; issues notary commissions and collection agency licenses, and publishes Election Laws. The Secretary of State also maintains the state registry of rules of state agencies, publishes the Wyoming Official Directory and is custodian of the Great Seal. The Secretary of State serves as member of the Governor's cabinet and the boards and commissions which include the state's top five elected officials.

History of the Secretary of State's Office




Name (Party)

Hometown

Service

Birth

Death

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Amos W. Barber (R)

Cheyenne

1890-1895

April 26, 1861

May 19,1915

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C. W. Burdick (R)

Saratoga

1895-1899

Aug. 15, 1860

Jan. 8, 1927

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Fenimore Chatterton (R)

Saratoga

1899-1907

July 21, 1860

May 9, 1958

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William R. Schnitger (R)

Cheyenne

1907-1911

Oct. 31, 1852

Sept. 23, 1929

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Frank Houx (D)

Cody

1911-1919

Dec. 12, 1860

April 3, 1941

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W. E. Chaplin (R)

Laramie

1919-1923

Feb. 25, 1860

Jan. 9, 1948

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Frank Lucas (R)

Buffalo

1923-1927

Aug. 4, 1876

Nov. 26, 1948

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Alonzo M. Clark (R)

Gillette

1927-1935

Aug. 13, 1868

Oct. 12, 1952

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Lester C. Hunt (D)

Lander

1935-1943

July 8, 1892

June 19, 1954

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Mart T. Christensen (R)

Baggs

1943-1944

July 27, 1889

Oct. 12, 1944

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William “Scotty” Jack (D)

Casper

1944-1947

March 5, 1892

April 14, 1970

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Arthur G. Crane (R)

Cheyenne

1947-1951

Sept. 1, 1877

Aug. 11, 1955

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C. J. “Doc” Rogers (R)

Cheyenne

1951-1955

Dec. 20, 1897

May 18, 1962

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Everett T. Copenhaver (R)

Douglas

1955-1959

April 22, 1898

April 3, 1986

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Jack R. Gage (D)

Sheridan

1959-1963

Jan. 15, 1899

March 14, 1970

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Thyra Thomson (R) [5]

Cheyenne

1963-1987

July 30, 1916

June 11, 2013

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Kathy Karpan (D)

Cheyenne

1987-1995

Sept. 1, 1942



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Diana J. Ohman (R)

Cheyenne

1995-1999

Oct. 3, 1950



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Joe Meyer (R)

Casper

1999-2007

April 22, 1944

October 6, 2012

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Max Maxfield (R)

Casper

2007-2015

Feb. 17, 1945



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Ed Murray (R)

Cheyenne

2015-








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Additional Resources

Contact information: 2020 Carey Avenue, Cheyenne Phone (307) 777-7378, Fax (307) 777-6217 Email: secofstate@wyo.gov (2015 State Directory)

  1. ^ Organic Act, Section 3.
  2. ^ Organic Act, Section 3.
  3. ^ Revised Statues, United States 1878, p. 328, Chapter 1, Section 1855.
  4. ^ Morgan was the only Acting Governor during the territorial period. He served as Acting Governor from January 13, 1885 to February 28, 1885 (45 days) and again from December 20, 1886 to January 24, 1887 (35 days).
  5. ^ Thomson, elected to six consecutive terms, set a record for years of service, not only as Secretary of State, but for all five of the statewide offices.