Edward Stanley Kellogg

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Edward Stanley Kellogg
16th Governor of American Samoa
In office
September 4, 1923 March 17, 1925
Preceded by Edwin Taylor Pollock
Succeeded by Henry Francis Bryan
Personal details
BornAugust 20, 1870
Morrisania, Bronx, New York City, New York
DiedJanuary 8, 1948(1948-01-08) (aged 77)
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
OccupationNaval officer
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States
Branch/service United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service1892–1920, 1923–1925
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Captain

Edward Stanley Kellogg (August 20, 1870 January 8, 1948) was a United States Navy Captain who served as the 16th Governor of American Samoa. Kellogg graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1892 and joined the Naval Engineer Corps. He served as an assistant engineer on numerous ships and participated in the Spanish–American War. He retired in 1920, and became governor three years later, making him only one of two Naval Governors of American Samoa to hold the office following retirement from the service. As Governor, Kellogg asserted the authority of the United States over the tribal chiefs of the islands. He removed the title of Tu'i Manu'a from Chris Young, claiming it implied king-like authority over the people of American Samoa. He also removed Chief Tui Manu'a from power, resulting in widespread protest among the islands' people. Kellogg died at the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Kellogg was born on August 20, 1870, in Morrisania, Bronx. [1] He died on January 8, 1948, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. [1] [2] He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on January 12, 1948. [2]

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