James Sutherland Spore

James Sutherland Spore ( born May 13, 1885 in Bay City, Michigan, † April 28, 1937 in La Mesa, California ) was an American naval officer. He was appointed acting military governor of the U.S. foreign territories Guam and American Samoa.


James Spore graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis (Maryland). He then served as an officer in the United States Navy. There he rose to the Commander, which corresponds to a lieutenant colonel in the army. His best-known activity during his time as a naval officer was appointed as the provisional perform the duties of the military governor on Guam between 27 February 1921 and 7 February 1922. Later he was also Governor of American Samoa. This post he held between 24 March and 22 April 1931. In 1933 he was in San Pedro, a suburb of Los Angeles, stationed.

Spore spent his life in La Mesa, where he died on 28 April 1937. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. James Spore was married and had three children. Some of his descendants served or still serve in the U.S. Navy.