List of Governors-General of French West Africa

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French West Africa.

This is a list of European colonial administrators responsible for the territory of French West Africa, an area equivalent to modern-day Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.

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(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
French West Africa
16 June 1895 to 1 November 1900 Jean Baptiste Émile Louis Barthélémy Chaudié, Governor-General
15 July 1897 to 2 October 1897 Noël Eugène Ballay, acting Governor-General Acting for Chaudié
28 July 1898 to 13 November 1898 Noël Eugène Ballay, acting Governor-General Acting for Chaudié
1 November 1900 to 26 January 1902 Noël Eugène Ballay, Governor-General
19 April 1901 to 26 October 1901 Victor Lanrezac, acting Governor-General Acting for Ballay
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
29 June 1902 to 25 October 1902 Victor Liotard, acting Governor-General Acting for Roume
10 June 1903 to 29 October 1903 Martial Henri Merlin, acting Governor-General Acting for Roume
8 July 1904 to 5 October 1904 Martial Henri Merlin, acting Governor-General Acting for Roume
21 July 1905 to 5 November 1905 Martial Henri Merlin, acting Governor-General Acting for Roume
18 March 1905 to 22 April 1905 Camille Guy, acting Governor-General Acting for Roume
15 December 1907 to 9 March 1908 Martial Henri Merlin, acting Governor-General 1st time
9 March 1908 to 26 June 1915 Amédée William Merlaud-Ponty, Governor-General
January 1912 to August 1912 Marie François Joseph Clozel, acting Governor-General Acting for Ponty
14 June 1915 to 3 June 1917 Marie François Joseph Clozel, Governor-General Acting for Ponty to 26 June 1915
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 time
18 March 1923 to 15 October 1930 Jules Gaston Henri Cardé, Governor-General
31 May 1924 to 19 October 1924 Auguste Dirat, acting Governor-General Acting for Cardé
17 April 1926 to 19 November 1926 Auguste Dirat, acting Governor-General Acting for Cardé
23 March 1929 to 30 October 1929 Auguste Dirat, acting Governor-General Acting for Cardé
15 October 1930 to 27 September 1936 Joseph Jules Brévié, Governor-General
6 April 1933 to 2 December 1933 Albéric Auguste Fournier, acting Governor-General Acting for Brévié
7 May 1935 to 5 December 1935 Pierre François Boisson, acting Governor-General Acting for Brévié
27 September 1936 to 14 July 1938 Jules Marcel de Coppet, Governor-General
14 July 1938 to 28 October 1938 Léon Geismar, acting Governor-General
28 October 1938 to 10 August 1939 Pierre François Boisson, acting Governor-General 1st time
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 time; also named Vichy French High Commissioner for all "French Africa", responsible for the territories that did not rally to the Free French
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 Léon Albin 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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