In the Society’s early decades, the President was elected annually to serve for one calendar year. By 1950, the annual meeting had settled into mid-year dates and was no longer held in late December. Therefore, beginning in 1968, the term of office was changed to run from one annual meeting, currently held in August, to the next. The President serves on the Governing Board.

Beginning in 1995, ESA began electing a President-Elect rather than a President and Vice-President. The person elected would then take office at the following annual meeting, serve for one year, then become Past-president, effectively creating a three-year term of office.

Living Past Presidents collectively continue to serve as an informal committee, and take on various roles.

For the Past President’s Addresses, see here.

Our Twitter series of little known facts about past ESA presidents is presented here.

YearFull NameLast NameBulletin Link
1916Victor Ernest ShelfordShelford
1917Ellsworth HuntingtonHuntington
1918Henry Chandler CowlesCowles
1919Barrington MooreMoore
1920Barrington MooreMoore
1921Stephen Alfred ForbesForbes
1922Forrest ShreveShreve
1923Charles Christopher AdamsAdams
1924Edgar Nelson TranseauTranseau
1925Arthur Sperry PearsePearse
1926John William HarshbergerHarshberger
1927Chancey JudayJuday
1928Homer Leroy ShantzShantz
1929Warder Clyde AlleeAllee
1930John Ernst WeaverWeaver
1931Asa Orrin WeeseWeese
1932George Elwood NicholsNichols
1933Edwin Booth PowersPowers
1934George Damon FullerFuller
1935Walter Penn TaylorTaylor
1936William Skinner CooperCooper
1937Robert Ervin CokerCoker
1938Herbert Christian HansonHanson
1939Charles Taylor VorhiesVorhies
1940Francis RamaleyRamaley
1941Alfred Edwards EmersonEmerson
1942Clarence Ferdinand KorstianKorstian
1943Orlando ParkPark
1944Robert Fiske GriggsGriggs
1945Alfred Clarence RedfieldRedfield
1946John Mulvaney AikmanAikman
1947Rand Aldo LeopoldLeopold
1948Paul Bigelow SearsSears
1949Zeno Payne MetcalfMetcalf
1950Emma Lucy BraunBraun
1951Samuel Charles KendeighKendeigh
1952Frank Caleb GatesGates
1953Lee Raymond DiceDice
1954John Ernest PotzgerPotzger
1955William John Hamilton Jr.Hamilton
1956Henry John OostingOosting
1957William Albert DreyerDreyer
1958Stanley Adair CainCain
1959Thomas ParkPark
1960Charles Edward OlmsteadOlmstead
1961Arthur Davis HaslerHasler
1962Murray Fife BuellBuell
1963William Franklin BlairBlair
1964John Frederick ReedReed
1965Eugene Pleasants OdumOdum
1966Bostwick Hawley KetchumKetchum
1967Rexford F. DaubenmireDaubenmire
1968LaMont Cook ColeCole
1968-69John Edward CantlonCantlon
1969-70Edward Smith Deevey Jr.DeeveyLink
1970-71Frederick Herbert BormannBormann
1971-72Stanley Irving AuerbachAuerbachLink
1972-73Robert Baxter PlattPlattLink
1973-74Frederick Edward SmithSmithLink
1974-75Richard Samuel MillerMiller
1975-76Forest Walden StearnsStearns
1976-77Frank Benjamin GolleyGolley
1977-78George Masters WoodwellWoodwell
1978-79William Dwight BillingsBillings
1979Robert Treat PainePaine
1980Arthur Wells CooperCooper
1981Gene Elden LikensLikens
1982Lawrence Carroll BlissBliss
1983Francis Cope EvansEvans
1984Paul Gillan RisserRisser
1985Richard Bruce RootRoot
1986Jean Harmon LangenheimLangenheim
1987Margaret Bryan DavisDavis
1988Harold A. MooneyMooney
1989Dennis Hal KnightKnight
1990Simon Asher LevinLevin
1991H. Ronald PulliamPulliam
1992Jane LubchencoLubchenco
1993Jerry Forest FranklinFranklin
1994Judy Lynn MeyerMeyer
1995Gordon Howell OriansOrians
1996James Hemphill BrownBrown
1997James A. MacMahonMacMahon
1998Katherine Lynn GrossGrossLink
1999Diana Harrison WallWallLink
2000Stephen Russell CarpenterCarpenterLink
2001Pamela Anne MatsonMatsonLink
2002Ann Marie BartuskaBartuskaLink
2003William Harrison SchlesingerSchlesingerLink
2004Jerry Michael MelilloMelillo
2005Nancy Beth GrimmGrimm
2006Alan Paul CovichCovich
2007Norman LeRoy Christensen Jr.Christensen
2008Alison Gail PowerPower
2009Mary Eleanor PowerPower
2010Francis Stuart Chapin IIIChapin
2011Steward T.A. PickettPickett
2012Scott L. CollinsCollins
2013Jill Spann BaronBaron
2014David William InouyeInouye
1958Frank William PrestonPreston


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