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Gatewood Lincoln

Gatewood Sanders Lincoln
A sketch of Lincoln in 1896, recently graduated from the Naval Academy.
22nd Governor of American Samoa
In office
July 17, 1931 – May 12, 1932
Preceded by Arthur Emerson
Succeeded by George Landenberger
19th Governor of American Samoa
In office
August 2, 1929 – March 24, 1931
Preceded by Stephen Victor Graham
Succeeded by James Sutherland Spore
Personal details
Born (1875-08-05)August 5, 1875
Died October 15, 1957(1957-10-15) (aged 82)
Spouse(s) Emma Stogdale
Alma mater William Jewell College
United States Naval Academy
Occupation Naval officer
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Captain
Commands USS Powhatan; Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics at the United States Naval Academy
Battles/wars World War I, World War II
Awards Navy Cross

Gatewood Sanders Lincoln (August 5, 1875 – October 15, 1957) was a United States Navy officer who served as the 19th and 22nd Governor of American Samoa. With Nathan Woodworth Post, Lincoln was one of only two American Samoan governors to serve non-consecutive terms. He commanded warships in both World War I and World War II, and was an instructor at the United States Naval Academy, serving as Department Head of the College of Electrical Engineering and Physics.


Gatewood Lincoln was born in Liberty, Missouri to James Edwin and Margaret Lincoln, natives of Lexington, Kentucky.[1] His father, a cousin of Abraham Lincoln, was probate judge of Clay County.[2] Gatewood was James Lincoln's mother's maiden name. Lincoln studied at William Jewell College in Liberty, before he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1892.[2][3]

Naval career

Lincoln graduated from the Naval Academy in 1896, having been trained as a naval engineer.[4] He ranked second in his class and received his first assignment by request of the captain of the USS Philadelphia.[2][5] He was awarded the Navy Cross for his conduct as captain of the USS Powhatan on convoy duty during World War I.[6]

Lincoln served on the United States Shipping Board advisory board during the 1930s,[7] and also at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.[8] During World War II, he saw active duty in command of a ship in the Pacific theater.[9] After the war, as a Commander, Lincoln was department head of Electrical Engineering and Physics at the Naval Academy.[10]


Lincoln served two terms as Governor of American Samoa, from 2 August 1929 to 24 March 1931 and from 17 July 1931 to 12 May 1932.[11]


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