Nathan Post

Nathan Woodworth Post
10th Governor of American Samoa
In office
October 2, 1914 – December 16, 1914
Preceded by Clark Daniel Stearns
Succeeded by Charles Armijo Woodruff
8th Governor of American Samoa
In office
March 14, 1913 – July 13, 1914
Preceded by William Michael Crose
Succeeded by Clark Daniel Stearns
Personal details
Born August 3, 1881
Fonda, Iowa
Died May 30, 1938(1938-05-30) (aged 56)
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Captain
Commands USS Detroit (CL-8)

Nathan Woodworth Post (August 3, 1881 – May 30, 1938) was the 8th and 10th Governor of American Samoa. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1904, and commanded the USS Detroit (CL-8) and the Naval Recruiting Station in Omaha, Nebraska. He served two terms as governor: from March 14 to July 14, 1913 and from October 2 to December 16, 1914. He is the first American Samoan governor to serve to two non-consecutive terms.


Post was born in Fonda, Iowa on August 3, 1881.[1] His son was Nathan Topliff Post, a United States Marine Corps World War II ace.[2]

Naval career

Post was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from Nebraska in 1900.[3] He graduated in 1904, and served two years as a Midshipman at sea before receiving his commission.[4]

As an Ensign, Post served on the USS Louisiana (BB-19).[5] Post served as the personnel officer of the 12th Naval District.[6] In 1910, he was in charge of the Naval Recruiting Station in Omaha, Nebraska.[7] He was made a Commander in 1916.[8] In 1931, he was placed in command of the USS Detroit (CL-8).[9]


Post relieved William Michael Crose of the governor post on March 14, 1913, serving until July 14 of the same year. He served a second term from October 2 to December 16, 1914. This made him the first Governor of American Samoa to serve exactly two non-consecutive terms, the only other to do so was Gatewood Lincoln.[1]


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