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Vernon Huber

Vernon Huber
36th Governor of American Samoa
In office
April 22, 1947 – June 15, 1949
Preceded by Harold Houser
Succeeded by Thomas Francis Darden, Jr.
Personal details
Born August 28, 1899
Philadelphia, Illinois
Died June 17, 1967(1967-06-17) (aged 67)
El Camino Hospital, Los Altos, California
Spouse(s) Ida Brown
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Occupation Naval officer
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Rank Rear admiral
Commands USS Livermore (DD-429)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Legion of Merit
Navy Commendation Medal

Vernon Huber (August 28, 1899 – June 17, 1967) was a United States Navy Rear admiral, and the 36th Governor of American Samoa from April 22, 1947 to June 15, 1949. He was born in Philadelphia, Illinois, and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from that state. He served as the first commanding officer of the USS Livermore (DD-429) upon its launch in 1940. After his appointment, he advocated the diversification of the American Samoan economy. He also helped to increase the level American Samoan self-government, and was the first governor to serve alongside a Samoan legislature, the American Samoa Fono.


Huber was born on August 28, 1899 in Philadelphia, Illinois to parents Herbert Oliver and Nelle Davis Huber.[1] On December 27, 1927, he married Ida Brown.[1] Upon arriving at the El Camino Hospital in Los Altos, California on June 16, 1967, Huber was pronounced dead.[1]

Naval career

Huber was appointed to the United States Naval Academy on July 17, 1918.[2] He was the first commander of the USS Livermore (DD-429) upon its launch in 1940.[3]


On August 22, 1947, Huber relieved Harold Houser and took the office of Governor of American Samoa.[1] His assistant governor was Ralph Ramey.[4]

Huber supported the opening of a cannery by famed aviator Harold Gatty, believing it would help diversify the American Samoan economy.[5]

During his term, the Samoans moved towards greater self-government. Under Huber's encouragement, the legislature of the territory, the American Samoa Fono, convened for the first time.[6] As governor, Huber maintained certain powers over the legislature, including the power of veto.[7] This reversed the previous position of Governor Otto Dowling, who had claimed an act of the United States Congress would be required to form a legislature.[6] He ceded the office to Thomas Francis Darden, Jr. on June 15, 1949.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Captain Vernon Huber". Governors.  
  2. ^ Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and Reserve Officers on Active Duty.  
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  4. ^ Korman, Seymour (20 February 1949). "In Samoa the People Now Rule Chiefs".  
  5. ^ Lovelace, Douglas (2 August 1948). "Famed Flier Gatty Wants Fish Cannery".  
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