|49th Governor of American Samoa|
October 1, 1976 – May 27, 1977
|Preceded by||Earl B. Ruth|
|Succeeded by||Hyrum Rex Lee|
|Born||Frank Elliott Barnett
July 20, 1933
Frank Elliott Barnett (born July 20, 1933) was the 49th Governor of American Samoa from October 1, 1976 to May 27, 1977. Before becoming governor, he was a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a Tennessee attorney. He served as Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa for two years prior to his governorship. 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.
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- Associated Press (8 January 1977). "People in the News". The News and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina). p. 27. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
- Binder, David (14 December 1976). "Samoans in Debate as Home Rule Nears". The New York Times (New York City). The New York Times Company.
Earl B. Ruth
|Governor of American Samoa
Hyrum Rex Lee