James Sutherland Spore

James Sutherland Spore (May 13, 1885 – April 28, 1937) was a commander in the United States Navy. He served as acting governor of Guam from February 27, 1921 to February 7, 1922 and as acting governor of American Samoa from March 24, 1931 to April 22, 1931.

James Sutherland Spore
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James S. Spore, US Navy Commander and Acting Governor
Born(1885-05-13)May 13, 1885
DiedApril 28, 1937(1937-04-28) (aged 51)
Alma materU.S. Naval Academy
Known forActing Governor of Guam and American Samoa
Home townBay City, Michigan
TitleCommander, United States Navy
Board member ofUSN Chairman of the Budget Board, American Samoa
Spouse(s)Grace Walling Spore
ChildrenBurns Walling Spore
James Sutherland Spore II
Grace Mariana Spore
Parent(s)Melvin and Helen Spore
Relativessister: Marian Spore Bush
sister: Belle Spore Tunison

James S. Spore grew up in Bay City, Michigan and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the nickname of "Wooden Willie." His sister was Marian Spore Bush[1] and he had three children. As of 1933, he was stationed in San Pedro, California.[2] After retiring from the Navy, he moved to La Mesa, California (in San Diego County) to farm avocados. He died in La Mesa in 1937.

To this day, there remain more generations of the family of James Sutherland Spore involved in the US Navy. James Sutherland Spore III was graduated in 1970 and went on to serve for over 30 years in the US Navy. He is married to Vicky Buckley Spore. He has two sons, James Sutherland Spore IV and Jon Spore. Jon Spore, went on to attend the Naval Academy – allegedly marking the longest family line in history to ever attend and graduate from the school. As of 2014, Jon Spore remains on active duty.


  1. ^ "Prophetess". Time. June 7, 1943. Retrieved 2009-01-09. v. XLI n.23, p. 71-2
  2. ^ "Melvin S. Spore" (August 5, 1933). The New York Times, p. 11