Frank Barnett

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Frank Barnett
49th Governor of American Samoa
In office
October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01) – May 27, 1977 (1977-05-27)
Preceded by Earl B. Ruth
Succeeded by Hyrum Rex Lee
Personal details
Born Frank Elliott Barnett[1]
(1933-07-20) July 20, 1933 (age 81)
Atlanta, Georgia
Political party Republican

Frank Elliott Barnett (born July 20, 1933) was the 49th Governor of American Samoa from October 1, 1976 to May 27, 1977.[2][3] Before becoming governor, he was a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a Tennessee attorney.[4] He served as Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa for two years prior to his governorship.[4] While governor, a number of Samoans signed a petition accusing him of abusing local officials; others signed a counter-petition supporting him, and the charges were eventually dropped. This arose from his firing of Mere Betham, a native who had been serving as Samoan Director of Education, an action he defended as necessary to improve education on the island, but others decried as racist; Barnett reinstated Betham one week after dismissing her.[5]


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  3. ^ Sorensen, Stan; Joseph Theroux (2007). "The Samoan Historical Calendar, 1606-2007". Government of American Samoa. p. 129. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Associated Press (8 January 1977). "People in the News". The News and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina). p. 27. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Binder, David (14 December 1976). "Samoans in Debate as Home Rule Nears". The New York Times (New York City). The New York Times Company. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Earl B. Ruth
Governor of American Samoa
Succeeded by
Hyrum Rex Lee