List of Governors-General of French West Africa

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French West Africa.

This is a list of European colonial administrators responsible for the territory of French West Africa, an area equivalent to modern-day Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.

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(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Notes
16 June 1895 to 1 November 1900 Jean-Baptiste Chaudié,
Governor-General
15 July 1897 to 2 October 1897 Noël Ballay par Nadar.jpg Noël Ballay,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Chaudié
28 July 1898 to 13 November 1898 Acting for Chaudié
1 November 1900 to 26 January 1902 Noël Ballay,
Governor-General
19 April 1901 to 26 October 1901 Victor Lanrezac,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Ballay
26 January 1902 to 15 March 1902 Pierre Paul Marie Capest,
acting Governor-General
15 March 1902 to 15 December 1907 Ernest Roume,
Governor-General
29 June 1902 to 25 October 1902 Victor Liotard,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Roume
10 June 1903 to 29 October 1903 Martial Merlin.jpg Martial Henri Merlin,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Roume
8 July 1904 to 5 October 1904 Acting for Roume
21 July 1905 to 5 November 1905 Acting for Roume
18 March 1905 to 22 April 1905 Camille Guy,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Roume
15 December 1907 to 9 March 1908 Martial Merlin.jpg Martial Henri Merlin,
acting Governor-General
1st time
9 March 1908 to 26 June 1915 William Merlaud-Ponty.jpg William Merlaud-Ponty,
Governor-General
January 1912 to August 1912 François Clozel.jpg François Joseph Clozel,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Ponty
14 June 1915 to 3 June 1917 François Joseph Clozel,
Governor-General
Acting for Ponty to 26 June 1915
3 June 1917 to 22 January 1918 Joost van Vollenhoven.gif Joost van Vollenhoven,
Governor-General
22 January 1918 to 30 July 1919 Gabriel Angoulvant.jpg Gabriel Louis Angoulvant,
acting Governor-General
30 July 1919 to 16 September 1919 Charles Désiré Auguste Brunet,
acting Governor-General
16 September 1919 to 18 March 1923 Martial Merlin.jpg Martial Henri Merlin,
Governor-General
2nd time
18 March 1923 to 15 October 1930 Jules Gaston Henri Cardé,
Governor-General
31 May 1924 to 19 October 1924 Auguste Dirat,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Cardé
17 April 1926 to 19 November 1926 Acting for Cardé
23 March 1929 to 30 October 1929 Acting for Cardé
15 October 1930 to 27 September 1936 Joseph Jules Brévié,
Governor-General
6 April 1933 to 2 December 1933 Albéric Auguste Fournier,
acting Governor-General
Acting for Brévié
7 May 1935 to 5 December 1935 Pierre François Boisson [fr],
acting Governor-General
Acting for Brévié
27 September 1936 to 14 July 1938 Jules Marcel de Coppet,
Governor-General
14 July 1938 to 28 October 1938 Léon Geismar,
acting Governor-General
28 October 1938 to 10 August 1939 Pierre François Boisson [fr],
acting Governor-General
1st time
10 August 1939 to 25 June 1940 Léon Henri Charles Cayla,
Governor-General
25 June 1940 to 13 July 1943 Pierre François Boisson [fr],
Governor-General
2nd time; also named Vichy French High Commissioner for all "French Africa", responsible for the territories that did not rally to the Free French
13 July 1943 to 2 April 1946 Pierre Charles Cournarie,
Governor-General
May 1946 to 27 January 1948 René Victor Marie Barthès,
Governor-General
27 January 1948 to 24 May 1951 Paul Léon Albin Béchard,
Governor-General
24 May 1951 to 21 September 1952 Paul Louis Gabriel Chauvet,
acting Governor-General
21 September 1952 to 5 July 1956 Bernard Cornut-Gentille,
Governor-General
5 July 1956 to 4 April 1957 Gaston Custin,
Governor-General
4 April 1957 to July 1958 Gaston Custin,
High Commissioner
July 1958 to 22 December 1958 Pierre Messmer01 (cropped 2).JPG Pierre Messmer,
High Commissioner

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External links[edit]

  • Ben Cahoon (2000). "French West Africa". WorldStatesmen.org. Retrieved 15 January 2017.