List of colonial and departmental heads of French Polynesia

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List of Colonial and Departmental Heads of French Polynesia[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Term Incumbent Notes
French Polynesia
Chiefs of the Marquesas Islands cede sovereignty to France; other islands are annexed until 1900 (Colony of Oceania)
1843 to 1847 Armand Joseph Bruat, Governor
1847 to 1849 Charles François Lavaud, Governor
1849 to 1850 Charles François Lavaud, Commandant
1850 to 1852 Louis Adolphe Bonard, Commandant
1852 to 1854 Théogène François Page (fr), Commandant
1854 to 1858 Joseph Fidèl Eugène du Bouzet, Governor
1858 Jean-Marie Joseph Théodore Saisset de Mars (fr), Governor
1858 to 1860 Louis Eugène Gaultier de La Richerie (fr), Governor
1860 to 1864 Louis Eugène Gaultier de la Richerie, Commandant
1864 to 1869 Émile François Guillaume Clément, comte de la Roncière (fr), Commandant
1869 to 1871 Michel Louis Isidore de Jouslard, Commandant
1871 to 1873 Hippolyte Auguste Girard, Commandant
1873 to 1876 Octave Bernard Gilbert-Pierre, Commandant
1876 to 1877 Antoine-Léonce Michaux, Commandant
1877 Joseph Henri Brunet-Millet, Commandant
1877 to 1878 Auguste Marie Édouard d'Oncieu de la Bâthie, Commandant
1878 to 1880 Jacques Ferdinand Planche (fr), Commandant
Tahiti annexed by France (effective 30 December 1880)
1880 to 1881 Henri Isidore Chessé, Commandant
1881 to 1883 Frédéric Jean Dordolot des Essarts, Governor
1883 to 1885 Marie Nicolas François Auguste Morau, Governor
1885 to 1886 Delphino Moracchini, acting Governor
1886 to 1893 Étienne Théodore Mondésir Lacascade (fr), Governor
1893 Adolphe Jean Granier de Cassagnac, acting Governor
1893 Lucien Bommier, acting Governor
1893 Jean Ours, acting Governor
1893 to 1896 Pierre Louis Clovis Papinaud (fr), Governor
1896 to 1901 Gustave Pierre Théodore Gallet, Governor
1901 Victor François Ferdinand Rey, acting Governor
1901 to 1903 (with Édouard Georges Théophile Petit (fr), Governor
Colony of Oceania renamed French Establishments in Oceania
1903 to 1904 Édouard Georges Théophile Petit, Governor
1904 Victor Louis Marie Lanrezac, Governor
1904 to 1905 Henri François Charles Cor (fr), acting Governor
1905 to 1907 Philippe Émile Jullien (fr), Governor
1907 to 1908 Élie Adrien Édouard Charlier, acting Governor
1908 to 1910 Joseph Pascal François, Governor
1910 to 1912 (with Adrien Jules Jean Bonhoure, Governor
1912 Charles Hostein, acting Governor
1912 to 1913 Baptiste Léon Géraud, acting Governor
1913 to 1915 William Maurice Fawtier, Governor
October 1915 to 1919 Gustave Jacques Henri Julien, Governor
1919 to April 1919 Simoneau, acting Governor
April 1919 to January 1921 Jocelyn Robert, acting Governor
January 1921 to April 1921 Gabriel Henri Joseph Thaly, acting Governor
April 1921 to November 1921 Auguste André Marius Guédès, Governor
September 1922 to January 1927 Louis Félix Marie Édouard Rivet, Governor
January 1927 to February 1928 Jean Baptiste Dominique Solari, acting Governor
February 1928 to June 1930 (with Joseph Louis Bouge (fr), acting Governor
21 June 1930 to 18 June 1932 Léonce Alphonse Noël Henri Jore, Governor
June 1932 to June 1933 Alfred Léon Bouchet, acting Governor
June 1933 to May 1935 Michel Lucien Montagné, Governor
May 1935 to March 1937 (with Henri Sautot (fr), acting Governor
March 1937 to 4 September 1940 Frédéric Marie Jean Baptiste Chastenet de Géry, Governor
4 September 1940 to 12 September 1940 Provisional Government
Édouard Ahnne (fr)
Georges Lagarde
Émile Martin
Georges Bambridge
Teriieroo a Teriierooiterai (fr)
12 September 1940 to 5 November 1940 Edmond Mansard, Governor
5 November 1940 to 18 June 1941 Émile de Curton, Governor
18 June 1941 to November 1941 Richard Brunot, Governor
November 1941 to 1945 Georges Louis Joseph Orselli (fr), Governor
1945 to 27 October 1946 Jean-Camille Haumant, Governor
French overseas territory (French Settlements in Oceania)
27 October 1946 to 1947 Jean-Camille Haumant, Governor
1947 to 1949 Pierre Louis Maestracci, Governor
1949 to 1950 Armand Anziani, Governor
1950 Louis Girault, acting Governor
1950 to 1954 Jean Albert René Petitbon, Governor
September 1954 to 22 July 1957 Jean-François Toby (fr), Governor
French Settlements in Oceania renamed French Polynesia
22 July 1957 to 1958 Jean-François Toby, Governor
1958 Camille Victor Bailly, acting Governor
1958 to 1961 Pierre Sicaud, Governor
December 1961 to January 1965 Aimé Grimald, Governor
14 January 1965 to 4 February 1969 Jean Charles Sicurani, Governor
February 1969 to 1973 Pierre Louis Angeli, Governor
1973 to 1975 Daniel Videau, Governor
4 December 1975 to 13 July 1977 Charles Schmitt, Governor
Limited autonomy
13 July 1977 to 31 October 1977 Charles Schmitt, High Commissioner
18 December 1977 to 27 July 1981 Paul Cousseran (fr), High Commissioner
27 July 1981 to 15 January 1983 Paul Noirot-Cosson, High Commissioner
15 January 1983 to 29 June 1984 Alain Robert Ohrel, High Commissioner
Autonomy
29 June 1984 to 28 March 1985 Alain Robert Ohrel, High Commissioner
March 1985 to 1986 Bernard Gérard, High Commissioner
April 1986 to 10 November 1987 Pierre Louis Angéli, High Commissioner
28 November 1987 to 3 January 1992 Jean Montpezat, High Commissioner
31 January 1992 to 8 August 1994 Michel Jau, High Commissioner
8 August 1994 to 27 August 1997 Paul Roncière, High Commissioner
27 August 1997 to 8 October 1997 Michel Jeanjean, acting High Commissioner
8 October 1997 to 24 October 2001 Jean Aribaud, High Commissioner
24 October 2001 to 17 November 2001 Christian Massinon, acting High Commissioner
17 November 2001 to 28 March 2003 Michel Mathieu, High Commissioner
French overseas collectivity
28 March 2003 to 27 February 2004 Michel Mathieu, High Commissioner
Designation (but not status) changed to overseas country
27 February 2004 to 30 July 2005 Michel Mathieu, High Commissioner
30 July 2005 to 10 September 2005 Jacques Michaut, acting High Commissioner
10 September 2005 to 29 June 2008 Anne Boquet, High Commissioner
29 June 2008 to 7 July 2008 Eric Spitz, acting High Commissioner
7 July 2008 to 7 January 2011 Adolphe Colrat, High Commissioner
7 January 2011 to 24 January 2011 Alexandre Rochatte, acting High Commissioner
24 January 2011 to 3 September 2012 Richard Didier, High Commissioner
3 September 2012 to 23 August 2013 Jean-Pierre Laflaquière, High Commissioner
23 August 2013 to 16 September 2013 Gilles Cantal, acting High Commissioner
16 September 2013 to present Lionel Beffre, High Commissioner

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