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High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

Location of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (bordered in red) in the Pacific Ocean.
Map of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1961.
The seal of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and its High Commissioner.
TTPI High Commissioner and staff, 1960s.

The High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was an official who ruled the American Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), a United Nations trusteeship in the Pacific Ocean under the administration of the United States, between 1947 and 1994. The territory consisted of islands captured by America during World War II, prior to which they had been part of the Empire of Japan as the South Pacific Mandate, within the Japanese colonial empire. After World War II, United Nations Security Council Resolution 21 placed the territory under the United States trusteeship as the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. The islands are now part of Palau, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Marshall Islands.


The following is a list of the High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, as well as their predecessors during the American occupation of the territory between 1944 and 1947.

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

No. Tenure Portrait Incumbent Notes
United States Navy control
1 March 1944 to 19 June 1944   John H. Hoover, Military Governor
2 19 June 1944 to 24 November 1945   Chester W. Nimitz, Military Governor and CINCPACFLT
3 24 November 1945 to 3 February 1946   Raymond A. Spruance, Military Governor and CINCPACFLT
4 3 February 1946 to 28 February 1947   John H. Towers, Military Governor and CINCPACFLT
5 28 February 1947 to 18 July 1947   Louis E. Denfeld, Military Governor and CINCPACFLT
Trust Territory
1 18 July 1947 to 17 April 1948   Louis E. Denfeld, High Commissioner and CINCPACFLT Numbering restarted for civil (rather than military) office
2 17 April 1948 to 1 May 1949   DeWitt Clinton Ramsey, High Commissioner and CINCPACFLT
3 1 May 1949 to 6 January 1951   Arthur W. Radford, High Commissioner and CINCPACFLT
4 6 January 1951 to 11 February 1953   Elbert D. Thomas, High Commissioner
5 13 March 1953 to 1 September 1954   Frank E. Midkiff, High Commissioner
6 1 September 1954 to 1 May 1961   Delmas H. Nucker, High Commissioner Acting to November 1956
7 1 May 1961 to 27 May 1966   Maurice W. Goding, High Commissioner
8 27 May 1966 to 1 May 1969   William R. Norwood, High Commissioner Acting to 1 August 1966
9 1 May 1969 to 1 July 1976   Edward E. Johnston, High Commissioner
1 July 1976 to 9 July 1977   Peter Tali Coleman, acting High Commissioner
10 9 July 1977 to 1981   Adrian P. Winkel, High Commissioner
11 December 1981 to 10 July 1987   Janet J. McCoy, High Commissioner
Office of Transition
12 3 November 1986 to 30 September 1991   Charles D. Jordan, Director


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