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Governor of Virgin Islands
Seal of the United States Virgin Islands.svg
Seal of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Albert Bryan with Del Plaskett and Doug Domenech cropped.jpg
Incumbent
Albert Bryan

since January 7, 2019
Style
Residence U.S. Virgin Islands Governor's Mansion
Term length 4 years
Constituting instrument Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands
Elective Governor Acts of 1968
Formation 1917 (as Naval Governor)
1931 (as Civil Governor)
1970 (elected Governor)
Deputy Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands

The following is a list of Governors of the United States Virgin Islands. For governors of the territory that is now the U.S. Virgin Islands prior to United States administration (while it was ruled by Denmark as the Danish West Indies), see List of Governors of the Danish West Indies.

Appointed governors (1917–1970)

Naval governors (1917–1931)

  • 1917 – 1917: Edwin Taylor Pollock (acting)
  • 1917 – 1919: James Harrison Oliver
  • 1919 – 1921: Joseph Wallace Oman
  • 1921 – 1922: Sumner Ely Wetmore Kittelle
  • 1922 – 1923: Henry Hughes Hough
  • 1923 – 1925: Philip Williams
  • 1925 – 1927: Martin Edwin Trench
  • 1927 – 1931: Waldo A. Evans

Civil governors (1931–1970)

  • 1931 – 1935: Paul Martin Pearson
  • 1935 – 1935: Robert Herrick (acting)
  • 1935 – 1940: Lawrence William Cramer
  • 1940 – 1941: Robert Morss Lovett (acting)
  • 1941 – 1945: Charles Harwood
  • 1946 – 1949: William Henry Hastie
  • 1949 – 1954: Morris Fidanque de Castro (acting until 1950)
  • 1954 – 1955: Archibald A. Alexander
  • 1955 – 1955: Charles K. Claunch (acting)
  • 1955 – 1958: Walter A. Gordon
  • 1958 – 1961: John David Merwin
  • 1961 – 1969: Ralph Moses Paiewonsky
  • 1969 – 1969: Cyril King (acting)
  • 1969 – 1970: Melvin Herbert Evans

Elected governors (1970–present)

      Republican (1)       Independent Citizens Movement (1)       Democratic (4)       Independent (3)

No.
Image
Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office
Left office
 
Party
1
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Melvin Herbert Evans
(1917–1984)
01970-01 January 1970
01975-01-06 January 06 1975
Republican
2
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Cyril Emmanuel King
(1921–1978)
01975-01-06 January 06 1975
01978-01-02 January 02 1978
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Independent Citizens Movement
3
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Juan Francisco Luis
(1940–2011)
01978-01-02 January 02 1978
01987-01-05 January 05 1987
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Independent Citizens Movement
(until 1979)
Independent
(1979 onward)
4
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Alexander Anthony Farrelly
(1923–2002)
01987-01-05 January 05 1987
01995-01-02 January 02 1995
Democratic
5
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Roy Lester Schneider
(born 1939)
01995-01-02 January 02 1995
01999-01-04 January 04 1999
Independent
6
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Charles Wesley Turnbull
(born 1935)
01999-01-04 January 04 1999
02007-01-01 January 01 2007
Democratic
7
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John de Jongh
(born 1957)
02007-01-01 January 01 2007
02015-01-05 January 05 2015
Democratic
8
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Kenneth Mapp
(born 1955)
02015-01-05 January 05 2015
02019-01-07 January 07 2019
Independent
9
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Albert Bryan
(born 1968)
02019-01-07 January 07 2019
Incumbent
Democratic

Living former governors

As of January 2019, four former governors were alive. The most recent governor to die was John David Merwin (1958–1961), on March 17, 2013.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Roy Lester Schneider 1995–1999 May 13, 1939 (1939-05-13) (age 81)
Charles Wesley Turnbull 1999–2007 February 5, 1935 (1935-02-05) (age 85)
John de Jongh 2007–2015 November 13, 1957 (1957-11-13) (age 62)
Kenneth Mapp 2015–2019 November 2, 1955 (1955-11-02) (age 64)

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