List of colonial governors of Dahomey

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List of Colonial Heads of Dahomey and Porto-Novo (Benin)[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
French Suzerainty
French Protectorate of Porto-Novo  Protectorate placed over the Porto-Novo (Hogbonu) Kingdom
25 February 1863 to 2 January 1865 Marius Daumas, Agent  
Porto-Novo Kingdom
2 January 1865 to 14 April 1882 none  
French Protectorate of Porto-Novo Restored
14 April 1882 to June 1882    
June 1882 to 1883 Bonaventure Colonna de Lecca, Resident  
1883 to 1883 Henri Guilman, Resident  
1883 to 1884 Daniel Germa, Resident  
1884 to July 1884 Léopold Maignot, Resident  
Ju1y 1884 to 1886 Charles Disnematin-Dorat, Resident  
1886 to 1886 Émmanuel Roget, Resident  
1886 to 1887 Jean-Marie Bayol, Resident  
1887 to 16 June 1887 Gentian-Antonin-Maire Péréton, Resident  
16 June 1887 to 11 July 1888 Victor-Marie-Paul Ballot, Resident 1st Term
11 July 1888 to 1889 Paul-Alphonse-Frédéric-Mari de Beeckmann, Administrator  
1889 to 19 October 1889 Louis-Frédéric-Émil Tautain, Resident  
19 October 1889 to 22 December 1891 Victor-Marie-Paul Ballot, Resident 2nd term
22 December 1891 to 22 June 1893 Victor-Marie-Paul Ballot, Lieutenant Governor  
Porto-Novo Colony
22 June 1893 to 20 January 1894 Victor-Marie-Paul Ballot, Lieutenant Governor  
Dahomey Colony
20 January 1894 to 22 June 1894 Victor-Marie-Paul Ballot, Lieutenant Governor  
22 June 1894 to 3 July 1899 Victor-Marie-Paul Ballot, Governor  
3 July 1899 to 8 October 1899 Jean-Baptiste Fonssagrives, acting Governor  
8 October 1899 to 26 November 1900 Pierre-Hubert-Auguste Pascal, acting Governor  
26 November 1900 to 5 May 1906 Victor-Théophile Liotard, Governor  
5 May 1906 to 9 June 1906 Joseph-Étienne-Gabriel Lhuerre, acting Governor  
9 June 1906 to 16 July 1906 Charles-Emmanuel-Joseph Marchal, acting Governor  
16 July 1906 to 8 March 1908 Charles-Emmanuel-Joseph Marchal, Governor  
8 March 1908 to 22 September 1908 Marie-Antoine Gaudart, acting Governor  
22 September 1908 to 9 October 1908 Charles-Désiré-Auguste Brunet, acting Governor  
9 October 1908 to 25 April 1909 Jean-Jules-Émile Peuvergne, Governor  
25 April 1909 to 6 March 1911 Henri-Jules-Jean-Baptiste Malan, Governor  
6 March 1911 to 24 June 1911 Raphaël-Velentin-Marius Antonetti, Governor  
Dahomey Colony and Dependencies
24 June 1911 to 9 May 1912 Émile Merwart, Lieutenant-Governor  
9 May 1912 to 11 July 1912 Charles-Henri-Adrien Noufflard, acting Lieutenant-Governor  
11 July 1912 to 7 April 1917 Charles-Henri-Adrien Noufflard, Lieutenant-Governor  
7 April 1917 to July 1919 Gaston-Léon-Joseph Fourn, acting Lieutenant-Governor  
July 1919 to 29 August 1928 Gaston-Léon-Joseph Fourn, Lieutenant-Governor  
29 August 1928 to 4 April 1929 Lucien-Eugène Geay, acting Lieutenant-Governor  
4 April 1929 to 8 February 1931 Dieudonné-François-Joseph-Marie Reste, Lieutenant-Governor
8 February 1931 to 7 January 1932 Théophile-Antione-Pascal Tellier, Lieutenant-Governor  
7 January 1932 to 2 August 1932 Louis-Placide Blacher, Lieutenant-Governor  
2 August 1932 to 22 July 1933 Louis Aujas, acting Lieutenant-Governor  
22 July 1933 to 24 August 1934 Marcel de Coppet, Lieutenant-Governor  
24 August 1934 to 15 February 1935 Jean Desanti, acting Lieutenant-Governor  
15 February 1935 to 12 January 1937 Maurice-Léon Bourgine, Lieutenant-Governor  
12 January 1937 to 7 August 1937 Henri-Étienne Martinet, acting Lieutenant-Governor 1st Term
7 August 1937 to 7 April 1938 Ernest Gayon, acting Lieutenant-Governor  
7 April 1938 to 1 June 1938 Henri-Étienne Martinet, acting Lieutenant-Governor 2nd Term
1 June 1938 to 27 August 1940 Armand Léon Annet, Lieutenant-Governor  
27 August 1940 to 18 September 1940 Pierre-Jean-André Paliceti, acting Lieutenant-Governor  
18 September 1940 to 26 August 1943 Léon-Hippolyte Truitard, Lieutenant-Governor  
26 August 1943 to 21 May 1946 Charles-André-Maurice-Assier de Pompignan, Lieutenant-Governor  
Dahomey Overseas Territory
21 May 1946 to 14 January 1948 Robert Legendre, acting Governor  
14 January 1948 to 13 January 1949 Jean-Georges Chambon, Governor  
13 January 1949 to 19 September 1949 Jacques-Alphonse Boissier, Governor  
19 September 1949 to November 1951 Claude Valluy, acting Governor  
November 1951 to 21 June 1955 Charles-Henri Bonfils, Governor  
21 June 1955 to 21 March 1958 Marc-Casimir Biros, Governor In some sources Casimir-Marc Biros
21 March 1958 to 15 July 1958 Bernard Hepp, acting Governor  
15 July 1958 to 4 December 1958 René Tirant, acting Governor  
Republic of Dahomey Autonomous
4 December 1958 to 1 August 1960 René Tirant, High Commissioner  
1 August 1960 Independence as Republic of Dahomey

For continuation after independence, see: Heads of State of Benin

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