Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents historic images in a special series called A Look Back. This week's installment features a photo gallery of some of Utah's previous governors, including those of the Utah Territory before it became a state in 1896. The U.S. president appointed 15 territorial governors from 1850 until Utah became a state 1896.
Governor John W. Dawson's three-week term was the shortest, and Brigham Young's seven-year run as the first territorial governor was the period's longest. The state's longest serving governor was Calvin Rampton, who served three terms from 1965 to 1977. Olene Walker served the shortest term, the remaining 14 months of Mike Leavitt's term upon Leavitt's resignation to become head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
At age 36, Heber Manning Wells was the youngest person to become Utah's governor, and at the age of 70, Simon Bamberger became the oldest to be elected. Walker, at 72, was the oldest person to enter the office.