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James Sutherland Spore

James Sutherland Spore
James S. Spore, US Navy Commander and Acting Governor
Born (1885-05-13)May 13, 1885
Died April 28, 1937(1937-04-28) (aged 51)
La Mesa, California
Alma mater U.S. Naval Academy
Known for Acting Governor of Guam and American Samoa
Home town Bay City, Michigan
Title Commander, United States Navy
Board member of USN Chairman of the Budget Board, American Samoa
Spouse(s) Grace Walling Spore
Children Burns Walling Spore
James Sutherland Spore II
Grace Mariana Spore
Parents Melvin and Helen Spore
Relatives sister: Marian Spore Bush
sister: Belle Spore Tunison

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 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 American service through the US Navy. He is married to Vicky Buckley Spore. He has two sons, James Sutherland Spore IV and Jon Spore. His son, Jon Spore, went on to the Academy - allegedly marking the longest family line in history to ever attend and graduated from the school. Today, Jon Spore is on active duty.

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