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.

TermEndGovernor
1.30 August 18991900Richard Phillips Leary (1842 – 1900)
2.7 August 18991900William Edwin Safford (1859 – 1926) acting for Leary
3.19 July 19001901Seaton Schroeder (1st time) (1849 – 1922)
4.11 August 19011901William Swift (1848 – 1900)
5.2 November 19016 February 1903Seaton Schroeder (2nd time)
6.6 February 19031904William Elbridge Sewell (1851 – 1904)
7.11 January 19041904Frank Herman Schofield (1869 – 1942) (acting) (Photo)
8.28 January 19041904Raymond Stone (acting) (Photo)
9.16 May 19042 November 1905George Leland Dyer (1849 – 1914)
10.2 November 19053 December 1906Luke McNamee (1st time) (acting)
11.3 December 19063 October 1907Templin Morris Potts (1855 – 1927)
12.3 October 190728 December 1907Luke McNamee (2nd time) (acting)
13.28 December 19075 November 1910Edward John Dorn (1854 – 1937)
14.5 Nov 191021 Jan 1911Frank Barrows Freyer (acting)
15.21 January 191130 January 1912George Robert Salisbury
16.30 January 191223 September 1913Robert Edward Coontz (1864 – 1935)
17.23 September 191328 March 1914Alfred Walton Hinds (1874 – 1957) (acting)
18.28 March 191429 April 1916William John Maxwell
19.29 April 19168 May 1916William P. Cronan (acting)
20.8 May 191630 May 1916Edward Simpson (acting)
21.30 May 191615 November 1918Roy Campbell Smith
22.15 November 191822 November 1919William Wirt Gilmer (1st time)
23.22 November 191921 December 1919W.A. Hodgman (acting)
24.21 December 19197 July 1920William Wirt Gilmer (2nd time)
25.7 July 192027 February 1921Ivan Cyrus Wettengel (1876 – 1935)
26.27 February 19217 February 1922James S. Spore (acting)
27.7 February 19228 December 1922Adelbert Althouse (1st time)
28.8 December 192214 December 1922John P. Miller (acting)
29.14 December 19224 August 1923Adelbert Althouse (2nd time)
30.4 August 192326 August 1924Henry Bertram Price
31.26 August 19247 April 1926A.W. Brown (acting)
32.7 April 192611 June 1929Lloyd Stogell Shapley
33.11 June 19291931Willis Winter Bradley (1884 – 1954)
34.15 May 193121 June 1933Edmund Spence Root
35.21 June 193327 March 1936George Andrew Alexander (1902 – 1969)
36.27 March 19368 February 1938Benjamin Vaughan McCandlish (Photo)
37.8 February 193820 April 1940James Thomas Alexander
38.20 April 194010 December 1941George Johnson McMillin (1889 – 1983)