List of governors of American Samoa

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

From 1900 to 1977 they 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)[edit]

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

Naval governors (1905–1951)[edit]

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

Appointed governors (1951–1978)[edit]

Term Incumbent Notes
23 February 1951 to 20 June 1952 Phelps Phelps, Governor
16 July 1952 to 23 November 1952 John C. Elliott, Governor
28 November 1952 to 4 March 1953 James Arthur Ewing, Governor
4 March 1953 to 5 August 1953 Lawrence M. Judd, Governor
1 October 1953 to 15 October 1956 Richard Barrett Lowe, Governor
15 October 1956 to 24 May 1961 Peter Tali Coleman, Governor 1st Term
24 May 1961 to 31 July 1967 Hyrum Rex Lee, Governor 1st Term
1 August 1967 to 31 July 1969 Owen Stuart Aspinall, Governor
1 August 1969 to 14 October 1974 John Morse Haydon, Governor
15 October 1974 to 6 February 1975 Frank C. Mockler, acting Governor
6 February 1975 to 30 September 1976 Earl B. Ruth, Governor
1 October 1976 to 27 May 1977 Frank Barnett, Governor
28 May 1977 to 3 January 1978 Hyrum Rex Lee, Governor 2nd Term

Elected governors (1978–present)[edit]

No. Picture Governor Took office left office Party
51 Peter Tali Coleman.jpg Peter Tali Coleman
(1919–1997)
January 3, 1978 January 3, 1985 Republican
52 AP Lutali.jpg A. P. Lutali
(1919–2002)
January 3, 1985 January 2, 1989 Democratic
53 Peter Tali Coleman.jpg Peter Tali Coleman
(1919–1997)
January 2, 1989 January 3, 1993 Republican
54 AP Lutali.jpg A. P. Lutali
(1919–1997)
January 3, 1993 January 3, 1997 Democratic
55 GovSunia.jpg Tauese Sunia
(1941–2003)
January 3, 1997 March 26, 2003 Democratic
Togiola Tulafono.jpg Togiola Tulafono
(b. 1947)
March 26, 2003 April 7, 2003 Democratic
56 April 7, 2003 January 3, 2013
57 Lolo Moliga by James Kneubuhl.jpg Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga
(b. 1949)
January 3, 2013 Incumbent Independent

Living former governors[edit]

As of October 2013 there is one living former governor of American Samoa. The most recent-serving governor to die was Tauese Sunia (1997–2003), on March 26, 2003.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Togiola Tulafono 2003–2013 (1947-02-28) February 28, 1947 (age 67)

Latest election[edit]

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%
Totals 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%
Totals 12,553 100%

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