List of governors of the United States Virgin Islands

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Governor of Virgin Islands
Seal of the United States Virgin Islands.svg
Seal of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Albert Bryan with Del Plaskett and Doug Domenech cropped.jpg
Incumbent
Albert Bryan

since January 7, 2019
Style
Status
ResidenceGovernment House (Christiansted)
Term lengthFour-year term, renewable once
Constituting instrumentRevised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands
Elective Governor Acts of 1968
Inaugural holderMelvin Evans
Formation1917 (as Naval Governor)
1931 (as Civil Governor)
1970 (elected Governor)
DeputyLieutenant Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
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politics and government of
the United States Virgin Islands

The Governor of the United States Virgin Islands is the chief executive of the Government of the Virgin Islands whose responsibilities also include making the annual State of the Territory addresses to the Virgin Islands Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that territory public laws are enforced. The position was created through the passage of the Elective Governor Acts of 1968 which took effect in 1970. Melvin Evans was the first elected governor.

The following is a list of Governors of the United States Virgin Islands. For governors of the territory that is now the U.S. Virgin Islands prior to United States administration (while it was ruled by Denmark as the Danish West Indies), see List of Governors of the Danish West Indies.

Appointed governors (1917–1970)[edit]

Naval governors (1917–1931)[edit]

Civilian governors (1931–1970)[edit]

# Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Appointed by
1 Paul M. Pearson LCCN2014697271 (cropped).jpg   Paul M. Pearson
(1871–1938)
1931 1935 Herbert Hoover
2 Picture of Robert Herrick.jpg   Robert Herrick (novelist) (acting)
(1868-1938)
1935 1935 Franklin D. Roosevelt
3 U.S. Territory Governors meet in Capitol. Washington, D.C., Aug. 13.jpg   Lawrence William Cramer
(1897–1978)
1935 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt
4 No image.png   Robert Morss Lovett
(1870–1956)
1940 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt
5 No image.png   Charles Harwood
(1880–1950)
1941 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt
6 No image.png   William Henry Hastie
(1904–1976)
1946 1949 Harry S. Truman
7 No image.png   Morris Fidanque de Castro
(1902–1966)
1949 1954 Harry S. Truman
8 No image.png   Archibald A. Alexander
(1888–1958)
1954 1955 Dwight D. Eisenhower
9 No image.png   Charles K. Claunch
(1899–1978)
1941 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt
10 Walter Arthur Gordon 1918.jpg   Walter A. Gordon
(1984–1976)
1955 1958 Dwight D. Eisenhower
11 No image.png   John David Merwin
(1921–2013)
1958 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
12 No image.png   Ralph Moses Paiewonsky
(1901–1991)
1961 1969 John F. Kennedy
13 No image.png   Cyril E. King
(1924–1979)
1969 1969 Richard Nixon
14 Melvin Evans123.jpg   Melvin Herbert Evans
(1917–1984)
1969 1970 Richard Nixon

Elected governors (1970–present)[edit]

Parties

  Republican (2)   Independent Citizens Movement (1)   Democratic (4)   Independent (2)

No.
Image
Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office
Left office
 
Party
1
Melvin Evans123.jpg
Melvin Herbert Evans
(1917–1984)
January 1970
January 6, 1975
2
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Cyril Emmanuel King
(1921–1978)
January 6, 1975
January 2, 1978
3
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Juan Francisco Luis
(1940–2011)
January 2, 1978
January 5, 1987
Independent
(1979 onward)
4
No image.png
January 5, 1987
January 2, 1995
5
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January 2, 1995
January 4, 1999
6
CharlesTurnbull (cropped).jpg
January 4, 1999
January 1, 2007
7
Governor John de Jongh - United States Virgin Islands.jpg
John de Jongh
(born 1957)
January 1, 2007
January 5, 2015
8
Kenneth Ezra Mapp (cropped).png
Kenneth Mapp
(born 1955)
January 5, 2015
January 7, 2019
9
Albert Bryan with Del Plaskett and Doug Domenech cropped (cropped).jpg
Albert Bryan
(born 1968)
January 7, 2019
Incumbent

Succession[edit]

Living former governors[edit]

As of January 2019, four former governors were alive. The most recent governor to die was John David Merwin (1958–1961), on March 17, 2013.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Roy Lester Schneider 1995–1999 (1939-05-13) May 13, 1939 (age 80)
Charles Wesley Turnbull 1999–2007 (1935-02-05) February 5, 1935 (age 84)
John de Jongh 2007–2015 (1957-11-13) November 13, 1957 (age 62)
Kenneth Mapp 2015–2019 (1955-11-02) November 2, 1955 (age 64)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Report on the State of the Islands 1997: Chapter 5 Virgin Islands". United States Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs. 1997. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-08-25.

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