Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ex-Officio Territorial Superintendent of Public Instruction


Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction was created by the Legislative Assembly in 1869.[1] The Territorial Auditor was appointed ex-officio Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1869 at a salary of five hundred dollars annually.

They had general supervision of all district schools of the Territory; made an equal distribution of the school funds among the several counties; recommended to the district schools a uniform series of textbooks which were used in the schools; recommended the course of studies; made a report as to the condition of district schools to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly. His duties greatly increased with the development of the Territory.

In 1873, the Territorial Librarian was appointed ex-officio Superintendent of Public Instruction at a salary of four dollars a day not to exceed thirty days a year.[2]

By a law of 1886, the salary of Territorial Librarian and ex-officio Superintendent of Public Instruction for two years was one thousand six hundred dollars and remained so until statehood.[3]



Name (Party)
Oath of Office
Term Expired
Birth
Death
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Benjamin Gallagher (D)
December 11, 1869
June 4, 1870
1840
March 1900
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James H. Hayford (R)
June 4, 1870
December 12, 1873
1828
July 30, 1902
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John Slaughter (R)
December 12, 1873
March 14, 1890
June 28, 1809
December 5, 1903


Minnie Slaughter (R)
March 14, 1890
October 11, 1890
1850
September 11, 1892


State Superintendent of Public Instruction


The Superintendent of Public Instruction is responsible for the general supervision of Wyoming's public schools and the state Department of Education. The superintendent serves as an ex-officio member of the state Board of Education in addition of the other boards and commissions which are made up of the five state elected officials.

History of the Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Office




Name (Party)
Service
Hometown
Birth
Death
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Stephen H. Farwell (R)
1890-1895
Buffalo
1836

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Estelle Reel (R)[4]
1895-1898
Cheyenne
1862
August 2, 1959
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C. H. Parmelee (D)
1898-1899
Buffalo
May 15, 1861
October 25, 1919
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Thomas T. Tynan (R)
1899-1907
Sheridan
January 6, 1861
May 12, 1925
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Archibald D. Cook (R)
1907-1911
Douglas
June 19, 1861
April 23, 1943
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Rose A. Bird Maley (D)
1911-1915
Newcastle
1884
November 1975
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Edith K. O. Clark (R)
1915-1919
Sheridan
September 7, 1881
June 2, 1936
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Katherine A. Morton (R)
1919-1935
Cheyenne
October 4, 1879

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Jack R. Gage (D)
1935-1939
Sheridan
January 13, 1899
March 14, 1970
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Esther L. Anderson (R)
1939-1947
Casper
November 4, 1893
June 1977
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Edna B. Stolt (R)
1947-1955
Sheridan
May 26, 1886
April 1, 1972
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Velma Linford (D)
1955-1963
Laramie
March 30, 1907
May 25, 2002
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Cecil B. Shaw (R)
1963-1967
Casper
August 31, 1922
January 28, 1994
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Harry Roberts (R)
1967-1971
Kaycee
December 10, 1917
January 28, 2009
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Robert G. Schrader (R)
1971-1979
Cody
July 1, 1928

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Lynn Simons (D)
1979-1991
Casper
June 1, 1934

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Diana J. Ohman (R)
1991-1995
Sheridan
Oct. 3, 1950

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Judy Catchpole (R)
1995-2003
Casper
March 14, 1944

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M. Trent Blankenship (R) [5]
2003-2005
Rawlins
July 18, 1959

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James McBride (R) [6]
2005-2010
Cheyenne
Oct. 14, 1948



Cindy Hill (R)
2010-2015
Cheyenne




Jillian Balow (R)
2015-





Additional Resources


  1. ^ Ibid., 1869, Chapter 7, p.219.
  2. ^ Ibid., 1873, p.241, Section 6.
  3. ^ Ibid., 1886, p.423, Section 17.
  4. ^ Reel was the first woman elected to statewide office.
  5. ^ Resigned in June 2005 to accept position in Barrow, Alaska.
  6. ^ Appointed August 2005 to complete term of M. Trent Blankenship; elected to full term in 2006