List of Governors of the Bahamas

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This is a list of Governors of the Bahamas. The first English settlement in the Bahamas was on Eleuthera. In 1670, the king granted the Bahamas to the Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina, but the islands were left to themselves. The local pirates proclaimed a 'Privateers' Republic' with Edward Teach (Blackbeard) as chief magistrate in 1703. In 1717, the Bahamas became a British crown colony, and the pirates were driven out.

During the American War of Independence, the Bahamas were briefly occupied by both American and Spanish forces. In 1964, the Bahamas achieved self-governance, and, in 1973, full independence.

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# Image Governor From To
Governors of Eleuthera (1648–1657):
1 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg William Sayle 1648 1657
Proprietary Governors of the Bahama Islands (1670–1706):
2 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Hugh Wentworth 1671 December 1671
3 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Wentworth December 1671 1676
4 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Charles Chillingworth 1676 1677
5 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Roger Clarke 1680 1682
6 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Richard Lilburne 1684 1684
British rule temporarily disrupted due to joint Spanish and French raid on Charlestown
7 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Thomas Bridges 1686 1690
8 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Cadwallader Jones 1690 1693
9 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Nicholas Trott 1694 1696
10 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Nicholas Webb 1697 1699
11 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Read Elding
(acting)
1699 1700
12 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Elias Haskett 1700 1701
13 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Ellis Lightfoot 1701 1703
14 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Edward Birch 1704 1704
Privateer's Republic (1706–1718)
Royal Governors of the Bahama Islands (1706–1776)
15 Rogers,Woodes.jpg Woodes Rogers 26 July 1718 1721
16 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg George Phenney 1721 1728
17 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Woodes Rogers August 1729 16 July 1732
- Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Richard Fitzwilliam
(acting)
1734 1738
18 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Tinker 1741 1768
20 William Shirley.JPG William Shirley 1768 1775
22 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Montfort Browne 1775 3 March 1776
Commandant of the Bahama Islands (during American occupation, 1776)
23 Samuel Nicholas.png Samuel Nicholas 3 March 1776 17 March 1776 Royal Governors of the Bahama Islands(1776–1782)
23 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Robert Maxwell 1780 8 May 1782
Governors of Louisiana (during Spanish occupation)
1 Bernardo de Galvez.jpg Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid,
Count of Gálvez
8 May 1782 19 April 1783
Royal Governors of the Bahama Islands (1783–1969)
- Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Andrew de Vau (acting) 1783 1783
23 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Robert Maxwell 1783 1784
24 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg James Edward Powell 1784 1786
- Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Brown
(acting)
1786 1787
25 4thEarlOfDunmore.jpg John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore 1787 1796
- Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Robert Hunt
(acting)
1796 14 February 1797
26 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Forbes 14 February 1797 June 1797
27 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Lieutenant-General William Dowdeswell 20 November 1797 1801
28 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Halkett 1801 1804
28 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Charles Cameron 8 May 1804 1820
30 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Lewis Grant 1821 1829
31 Sir James Carmichael-Smyth, 1st Baronet.gif Sir James Carmichael Smyth, 1st Baronet 1829 1833
32 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Blayney Townley Balfour 1833 1835
33 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg William MacBean George Colebrooke 1835 1837
34 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Francis Cockburn 1837 1844
35 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg George Benvenuto Matthew 1844 1849
36 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg John Gregory 1849 1854
37 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Alexander Bannerman 1854 1857
38 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Charles John Bayley 1857 1864
39 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Rawson William Rawson 1864 1869
40 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir James Walker 1869 1871
41 George Strahan portrait.jpg George Cumine Strahan
KCMG
1871 1873
42 Sir John Hennessy.gif Sir John Pope Hennessy
KCMG
1873 1874
43 Sir William Robinson.jpg Sir William Robinson 1874 1880
44 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Jeremiah Thomas Fitzgerald Callaghan 1880 1881
45 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Charles Cameron Lees
KCMG
1882 January 1884
46 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Henry Arthur Blake
GCMG, DL
4 January 1884 1887
47 Ambrose Shea.jpg Sir Ambrose Shea
KCMG
1887 1895
48 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir William Frederick Haynes Smith 1895 1898
49 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Gilbert Thomas Carter 1898 1904
50 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir William Grey-Wilson 29 November 1904 1912
51 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir George Basil Haddon-Smith 29 October 1912 1914
52 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir William Lamond Allardyce
KCMG
15 June 1914 1920
53 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Harry Edward Spiller Cordeaux
KCMG, CB
8 December 1920 1926
54 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Charles William James Orr 15 March 1927 January 1932
55 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford 10 January 1932 1934
- Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Charles Cecil Farquharson Dundas
(acting)
1934 1940
56 The Duke of Windsor (1945).jpg HRH The Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor 18 August 1940 16 March 1945
57 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir William Lindsay Murphy 28 July 1945 1950
58 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir George Ritchie Sandford 5 January 1950 December 1950
59 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Robert Arthur Ross Neville 7 December 1950 1953
60 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Daniel Knox, 6th Earl of Ranfurly 21 December 1953 1956
61 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Oswald Raynor Arthur 1 April 1957 1960
62 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir Robert Stapeldon 18 July 1960 1964
63 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton
GCMG, GCVO, OBE, GCSt.J. P.C
3 June 1964 1968
64 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Francis Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce, 8th Baron Thurlow
KCMG
1 November 1968 1969
Governors of the Commonwealth of the Bahama Islands (1969–1973)
65 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Francis Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce, 8th Baron Thurlow
KCMG
1969 1972
66 Emblem of the Bahamas (1904-1953).svg Sir John Warburton Paul
GCMG, OBE, MC
14 May 1972 10 July 1973
On 10 July 1973 the Bahamas gained full independence from the United Kingdom and the
Governor-General became the viceregal representative of the Bahamian Monarch

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