H. Rex Lee

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Hyrum Rex Lee
44th Governor of American Samoa
In office
May 24, 1961 – August 1, 1967
Preceded by Peter Tali Coleman
Succeeded by Owen Aspinall
50th Governor of American Samoa
In office
May 28, 1977 – January 3, 1978
Preceded by Frank Barnett
Succeeded by Peter Tali Coleman
Personal details
Born (1910-04-08)April 8, 1910
Rigby, Idaho, U.S.
Died July 26, 2001(2001-07-26) (aged 91)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lillian "Lily" Lee (?–2010)

Hyrum Rex Lee (April 8, 1910 – July 26, 2001) was the last non-elected Governor of American Samoa. He was governor from May 24, 1961 to July 31, 1967 and from May 28, 1977 until January 3, 1978. He was the seventh appointed civilian Governor of American Samoa. Born in Rigby, Idaho and a Democrat, Lee served as Federal Communications Commission commissioner from 1968 to 1973.[1]

On June 21, 1963 Paramount Chief Tuli Le’iato of Faga’itua was sworn in and installed as the first Secretary of Samoan Affairs by Governor H. Rex Lee.[2]

Lee died at his home in San Diego, California, on July 26, 2001, at the age of 91. He had five children (three daughters and two sons). He was a friend of entertainment mogul Walt Disney, who visited the Lee family and stayed at their home. His wife, Lillian Lee, died in April 2010 at the age of 97.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Peter Tali Coleman
Governor of American Samoa
(1st Term)

Succeeded by
Owen Stuart Aspinall
Preceded by
Frank Barnett
Governor of American Samoa
(2nd Term)

Succeeded by
Peter Tali Coleman