List of governors of American Samoa

This is a list of governors, etc. of the part of the Samoan Islands (now comprising American Samoa) under United States administration since 1900.

From 1900 to 1977 governors were appointed by the United States Government. Since that time they have been elected for 4-year terms by the people of American Samoa.

Commandant governors (1900–1905)

Term Image Incumbent Notes
17 February 1900 — 27 November 1901 BenjaminFranklinTilley Benjamin Franklin Tilley, Commandant 17 April 1900: Tutuila ceded to United States
27 November 1901 — 16 December 1902 Uriel Sebree Uriel Sebree, Commandant
16 December 1902 — 5 May 1903 Henry Minett 1877 Henry Minett, acting Commandant
5 May 1903 — 30 January 1905 Seal of American Samoa Edmund Beardsley Underwood, Commandant/Governor 16 July 1904: Manu'a ceded to United States

Naval governors (1905–1951)

Term Image Incumbent Notes
30 January 1905 — 21 May 1908 Charles Brainard Taylor Moore Charles Brainard Taylor Moore, Governor
21 May 1908 — 10 November 1910 Seal of American Samoa John Frederick Parker, Governor
10 November 1910 — 14 March 1913 William Michael Crose William Michael Crose, Governor 17 July 1911: U.S. Naval Station Tutuila renamed American Samoa
14 March 1913 — 14 July 1913 Seal of American Samoa Nathan Woodworth Post, acting Governor 1st Term
14 July 1913 — 2 October 1914 Seal of American Samoa Clark Daniel Stearns, Governor
2 October 1914 — 6 December 1914 Seal of American Samoa Nathan Woodworth Post, acting Governor 2nd Term
6 December 1914 — 1 March 1915 Seal of American Samoa Charles Armijo Woodruff, acting Governor
1 March 1915 — 10 June 1919 John Martin Poyer John Martin Poyer, Governor
10 June 1919 — 3 November 1920 Seal of American Samoa Warren Jay Terhune, Governor
11 November 1920 — 1 March 1922 Seal of American Samoa Waldo A. Evans, Governor
1 March 1922 — 4 September 1923 EdwinTaylorPollock Edwin Taylor Pollock, Governor
4 September 1923 — 17 March 1925 Seal of American Samoa Edward Stanley Kellogg, Governor
17 March 1925 — 9 September 1927 Seal of American Samoa Henry Francis Bryan, Governor
9 September 1927 — 2 August 1929 Seal of American Samoa Stephen Victor Graham, Governor 20 February 1929: U.S. Congress recognition of the cession of Tutuila and Manu'a by their chiefs, with retrospective to 16 July 1904
2 August 1929 — 24 March 1931 Gatewood Sanders Lincoln Gatewood Sanders Lincoln, Governor 1st Term
24 March 1931 — 22 April 1931 James S. Spore James Sutherland Spore, acting Governor
22 April 1931 — 17 July 1931 Arthur Tenney Emerson Arthur Tenney Emerson, acting Governor
17 July 1931 — 12 May 1932 Gatewood Sanders Lincoln Gatewood Sanders Lincoln, Governor 2nd Term
12 May 1932 — 10 April 1934 George Landenberger 1932 George Bertram Landenberger, Governor
10 April 1934 — 17 April 1934 Seal of American Samoa Thomas C. Latimore, acting Governor
17 April 1934 — 15 January 1936 Seal of American Samoa Otto Carl Dowling, Governor
15 January 1936 — 20 January 1936 Seal of American Samoa Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick, acting Governor
20 January 1936 — 3 June 1938 MacGillivray Milne head MacGillivray Milne, Governor
26 June 1938 — 30 July 1940 Edward W. Hanson Edward William Hanson, Governor
30 July 1940 — 8 August 1940 Jesse Wallace Jesse R. Wallace, acting Governor
8 August 1940 — 5 June 1942 Seal of American Samoa Laurence Wild, Governor
17 January 1942 — 25 April 1942 Henry Louis Larsen, USMC Henry Louis Larsen, Military Governor
5 June 1942 — 8 February 1944 Seal of American Samoa John Gould Moyer, Governor
8 February 1944 — 27 January 1945 Seal of American Samoa Allen Hobbs, Governor
27 January 1945 — 3 September 1945 Captain Ralph Waldo Hungerford Ralph Waldo Hungerford, Governor
3 September 1945 — 10 September 1945 Seal of American Samoa Samuel Canan, acting Governor
10 September 1945 — 22 April 1947 Harold Houser grave Harold Houser, Governor
22 April 1947 — 15 June 1949 Vernon Huber Vernon Huber, Governor
7 July 1949 — 23 February 1951 Thomas Darden Thomas Francis Darden, Jr., Governor

Appointed governors (1951–1978)

Civilian governor Took office Left office
Phelps Phelps   Phelps Phelps
(1897–1981)
February 23, 1951 June 20, 1952
John Elliott   John C. Elliott
(1919–2001)
July 16, 1952 November 23, 1952
No image   James Arthur Ewing
(born 1916)
November 28, 1952 March 4, 1953
Lawrence M. Judd (PP-74-3-007)   Lawrence M. Judd
(1887–1968)
March 4, 1953 August 5, 1953
Richard Barrett Lowe   Richard Barrett Lowe
(1902–1972)
August 5, 1953 October 15, 1956
Peter Tali Coleman   Peter Tali Coleman
(1919–1997)
October 13, 1956 May 24, 1961
No image   Hyrum Rex Lee
(1910–2001)
May 24, 1961 July 31, 1967
Owen Aspinall   Owen Stuart Aspinall
(1927–1997)
August 1, 1967 July 31, 1969
No image   John Morse Haydon
(1920–1991)
August 1, 1969 October 14, 1974
No image   Frank C. Mockler
(acting)
(1909–1993)
October 14, 1974 February 6, 1975
Earl B. Ruth   Earl B. Ruth
(1916–1989)
February 6, 1975 September 30, 1976
No image   Frank Barnett
(1933–2016)
October 1, 1976 May 27, 1977
No image   Hyrum Rex Lee
(1910–2001)
May 28, 1977 January 3, 1978

Elected governors (1978–present)

Governor Took office Left office Party Elected Lieutenant Governor
51 Peter Tali Coleman Peter Tali Coleman
(1919–1997)
January 3, 1978

January 3, 1985
Republican 1977
1980
Tufele Liamatua
52 AP Lutali   A. P. Lutali
(1919–2002)
January 3, 1985

January 2, 1989
Democratic 1984 Eni Faleomavaega
53 Peter Tali Coleman Peter Tali Coleman
(1919–1997)
January 2, 1989

January 3, 1993
Republican 1988 Galea'i Peni Poumele
  Gaioi Tufele Galeai
54 AP Lutali A. P. Lutali
(1919–2002)
January 3, 1993

January 3, 1997
Democratic 1992 Tauese Sunia
55 GovSunia Tauese Sunia
(1941–2003)
January 3, 1997

March 26, 2003
Democratic 1996
2000
Togiola Tulafono
Togiola Tulafono Togiola Tulafono
(born 1947)
March 26, 2003

April 7, 2003
Democratic 2004
2008
Vacant
56 April 7, 2003

January 3, 2013
  Faoa Aitofele Sunia
57 Lolo Moliga by James Kneubuhl Lolo Matalasi Moliga
(born 1949)
January 3, 2013

Incumbent
Independent 2012
2016
Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Democratic

Living former governors

There is one living former governor of American Samoa. The most recent-serving governor to die was Frank Barnett (1976–1977), on July 15, 2016.[1]

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Togiola Tulafono 2003–2013 February 28, 1947 (age 72)

Latest election

Election results, Governor of American Samoa, November 6, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga 4,372 33.5
Democratic Faoa Aitofele Sunia 4,315 33.1
Independent Afoa Moega Lutu 2,521 19.3
Independent Salu Hunkin-Finau 893 6.8
Independent Save Liuato Tuitele 763 5.8
Independent Timothy Jones 189 1.4
Total votes 13,053 100

Due to no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote a runoff election was held.

Runoff election results, Governor of American Samoa, November 20, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga 6,645 52.9
Democratic Faoa Aitofele Sunia 5,908 47.1
Total votes 12,553 100

References

  1. ^ "Frank Barnett, former governor of American Samoa, dies". www.knoxnews.com. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
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