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List of Commissioners of the General Land Office

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List of Commissioners of the General Land Office

The General Land Office was an independent agency of the United States government responsible for public domain lands in the United States. It was created in 1812, and it merged with the United States Grazing Service in 1946 to become the Bureau of Land Management. The official in charge of the agency was called the Commissioner of the General Land Office, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Commissioner Image Date of Commission Residence Notes
Edward Tiffin May 7, 1812 Ohio [1][2][3]
Josiah Meigs October 11, 1814 Georgia [1][2][3]
John McLean September 11, 1822 Ohio [1][2][3]
George Graham June 26, 1823 District of Columbia [1][2][3]
Elijah Hayward September 30, 1830 Ohio [1][2][3]
Ethan Allen Brown July 24, 1835 Ohio [1][2][3]
James Whitcomb October 21, 1836 Indiana [1][2][3]
Elisha Mills Huntington July 2 or 3, 1841 New York [1][2][3]
Thomas H. Blake May 19, 1842 Indiana [1][2][3]
James Shields April 16, 1845 Illinois [1][2][3]
Richard M. Young January 6, 1847 Illinois [1][2][3]
Justin Butterfield July 1, 1849 Illinois [1][2][3]
John Wilson September 16, 1852 District of Columbia [1][2][3]
Thomas A. Hendricks August 8, 1855 Indiana [1][2][3]
Samuel Axley Smith October 13, 1859 Tennessee [1][2][3]
Joseph S. Wilson February 23, 1860 District of Columbia [1][2][3]
James M. Edmunds March 16 or 19, 1861 Michigan [1][2][3]
Joseph S. Wilson September 1, 1866 District of Columbia [1][2][3]
Willis Drummond February 4, 1871 Iowa [1][2][3]
Samuel S. Burdett July 1, 1874 Missouri [1][2][3]
James A. Williamson June 24, 1876 Iowa [1][2][3]
Noah C. McFarland June 17, 1881 Kansas [1][3]
William A. J. Sparks March 26, 1885 Illinois [1][3]
Strother M. Stockslager March 27, 1888 Indiana [1]
Lewis A. Groff September 16, 1889 Nebraska [1]
Thomas Henry Carter March 31, 1891 Montana [1]
William M. Stone November 18, 1892 Iowa [1]
Silas W. Lamoreaux March 28, 1893 Wisconsin [1]
Binger Hermann March 25, 1897 Oregon [1]
William A. Richards January 26, 1903 Wyoming [1]
Richard Achilles Ballinger January 28, 1907 Washington [1]
Fred Dennett January 14, 1908 North Dakota [1]
Clay Tallman June 5, 1913 Nevada [1]
William Spry March 22, 1921 Utah [1]
Charles C. Moore May 9, 1929 Idaho [1]
Fred W. Johnson[4] May 20, 1933 Wyoming [1]


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  4. ^ Johnson became first director of the Bureau of Land Management in 1946
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