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Guam Naval Governors

Aug. 30, 1899 – Dec. 10, 1941

Guam was ceded to the United States from Spain by the Treaty of Paris on Dec. 10, 1898. The following February, US Navy Cmdr. Edward D. Taussig officially took possession of the island for the United States.

US Naval Station, Guam was established Aug. 7 of the same year with the entire island designated as a Naval Station and Capt. Richard P. Leary designated as commanding officer and governor of Guam.

The navy governed Guam until it was surrendered to the Japanese on Dec. 10, 1941. During this time Guam had thirty-eight naval governors under its first forty-one years of American rule. The governors and the dates they ruled Guam are listed below.

Term End Governor
1. 30 August 1899 1900 Richard Phillips Leary (1842 – 1900)
2. 7 August 1899 1900 William Edwin Safford (1859 – 1926) acting for Leary
3. 19 July 1900 1901 Seaton Schroeder (1st time) (1849 – 1922)
4. 11 August 1901 1901 William Swift (1848 – 1900)
5. 2 November 1901 6 February 1903 Seaton Schroeder (2nd time)
6. 6 February 1903 1904 William Elbridge Sewell (1851 – 1904)
7. 11 January 1904 1904 Frank Herman Schofield (1869 – 1942) (acting)
8. 28 January 1904 1904 Raymond Stone (acting)
9. 16 May 1904 2 November 1905 George Leland Dyer (1849 – 1914)
10. 2 November 1905 3 December 1906 Luke McNamee (1st time) (acting)
11. 3 December 1906 3 October 1907 Templin Morris Potts (1855 – 1927)
12. 3 October 1907 28 December 1907 Luke McNamee (2nd time) (acting)
13. 28 December 1907 5 November 1910 Edward John Dorn (1854 – 1937)
14. 5 Nov 1910 21 Jan 1911 Frank Barrows Freyer (acting)
15. 21 January 1911 30 January 1912 George Robert Salisbury
16. 30 January 1912 23 September 1913 Robert Edward Coontz (1864 – 1935)
17. 23 September 1913 28 March 1914 Alfred Walton Hinds (1874 – 1957) (acting)
18. 28 March 1914 29 April 1916 William John Maxwell
19. 29 April 1916 8 May 1916 William P. Cronan (acting)
20. 8 May 1916 30 May 1916 Edward Simpson (acting)
21. 30 May 1916 15 November 1918 Roy Campbell Smith
22. 15 November 1918 22 November 1919 William Wirt Gilmer (1st time)
23. 22 November 1919 21 December 1919 W.A. Hodgman (acting)
24. 21 December 1919 7 July 1920 William Wirt Gilmer (2nd time)
25. 7 July 1920 27 February 1921 Ivan Cyrus Wettengel (1876 – 1935)
26. 27 February 1921 7 February 1922 James S. Spore (acting)
27. 7 February 1922 8 December 1922 Adelbert Althouse (1st time)
28. 8 December 1922 14 December 1922 John P. Miller (acting)
29. 14 December 1922 4 August 1923 Adelbert Althouse (2nd time)
30. 4 August 1923 26 August 1924 Henry Bertram Price
31. 26 August 1924 7 April 1926 A.W. Brown (acting)
32. 7 April 1926 11 June 1929 Lloyd Stogell Shapley
33. 11 June 1929 1931 Willis Winter Bradley (1884 – 1954)
34. 15 May 1931 21 June 1933 Edmund Spence Root
35. 21 June 1933 27 March 1936 George Andrew Alexander (1902 – 1969)
36. 27 March 1936 8 February 1938 Benjamin Vaughan McCondlish
37. 8 February 1938 20 April 1940 James Thomas Alexander
38. 20 April 1940 10 December 1941 George Johnson McMillin (1889 – 1983)