Glen Edgar Edgerton

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Glen Edgar Edgerton
Glen Edgar Edgerton circa 1940.jpg
Edgerton circa 1940
8th Governor of the Panama Canal Zone
In office
Preceded by Clarence Self Ridley
Succeeded by Joseph Cowles Mehaffey
Personal details
Born April 17, 1887
Parkerville, Kansas
Died April 9, 1976(1976-04-09) (aged 88)
Bethesda Naval Hospital
Education Kansas State College
United States Military Academy
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1908–1949
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Unit Corps of Engineers

Glen Edgar Edgerton (April 17, 1887 – April 9, 1976) was a United States Army officer, who served as the Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1940 to 1944.[1]


He was born on April 17, 1887, to Alice and John Edgar Edgerton. He graduated from Kansas State College in 1904 and from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1908, where he was first in his class.[2] He was chief engineer of the Alaska Road Commission from 1910 to 1915 and the Edgerton Highway in Alaska is named after him. He also went to the military Engineering Academy.[1]

He served as Panama Canal maintenance engineer from 1936 to 1940. He was Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1940 to 1944.[3] He retired from the army in 1949 and died on April 9, 1976 at Bethesda Naval Hospital.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Glen Edgar Edgerton". Panama Canal Authority. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  2. ^ Official Register of the Officers and Cadets of the United States Military Academy (PDF). West Point, New York. 1908. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "Edgerton To Head Canal. Colonel Is Nominated to Succeed Brig. Gen. C.S. Ridley". New York Times. July 6, 1940. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Gen. Glen E. Edgerton". Washington Post. April 12, 1976. 
Preceded by
Clarence S. Ridley
Governor of Panama Canal Zone
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Mehaffey