List of governors of French West Africa

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(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Term Incumbent Notes
French West Africa protectorate     (Afrique Occidentale Française (AOF))
16 June 1895 to 1 November 1900 Jean Baptiste Émile Louis Barthélémy Chaudié, Governor-General  
1 November 1900 to 26 January 1902 Noël Eugène Ballay, Governor-General  
26 January 1902 to 15 March 1902 Pierre Paul Marie Capest, acting Governor-General  
15 March 1902 to 15 December 1907 Ernest Roume, Governor-General  
15 December 1907 to 9 March 1908 Martial Henri Merlin, acting Governor-General 1st Term
9 March 1908 to 13 June 1915 Amédée William Merlaud-Ponty, Governor-General  
January 1912 to August 1912 Marie François Joseph Clozel, acting Governor-General For Ponty
14 June 1915 to 3 June 1917 Marie François Joseph Clozel, Governor-General  
3 June 1917 to 22 January 1918 Joost van Vollenhoven, Governor-General  
22 January 1918 to 30 July 1919 Gabriel Louis Angoulvant, acting Governor-General  
30 July 1919 to 16 September 1919 Charles Désiré Auguste Brunet, acting Governor-General  
16 September 1919 to 18 March 1923 Martial Henri Merlin, Governor-General 2nd Term
18 March 1923 to 15 October 1930 Jules Gaston Henri Carde, Governor-General  
15 October 1930 to 27 September 1936 Joseph Jules Brévié, Governor-General  
27 September 1936 to 14 July 1938 Jules Marcel de Coppet, Governor-General  
14 July 1938 to 29 October 1938 Léon Geismar, acting Governor-General  
29 October 1938 to 10 August 1939 Pierre François Boisson, acting Governor-General 1st Term
10 August 1939 to 25 June 1940 Léon Henri Charles Cayla, Governor-General  
25 June 1940 to 13 July 1943 Pierre François Boisson, Governor-General 2nd Term
13 July 1943 to 2 April 1946 Pierre Charles Cournarie, Governor-General  
May 1946 to 27 January 1948 René Victor Marie Barthès, Governor-General  
27 January 1948 to 24 May 1951 Paul Béchard, Governor-General  
24 May 1951 to 21 September 1952 Paul Louis Gabriel Chauvet, acting Governor-General  
21 September 1952 to 5 July 1956 Bernard Cornut-Gentille, Governor-General  
5 July 1956 to 4 April 1957 Gaston Custin, Governor-General  
4 April 1957 to July 1958 Gaston Custin, High Commissioner  
July 1958 to 22 December 1958 Pierre Messmer, High Commissioner  

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