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Governors of the Panama Canal Zone

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  • Richard Lee Metcalfe (1861 - 1954)
    Richard Lee Metcalfe (October 11, 1861 – March 31, 1954) was the last military Governor of Panama Canal Zone and one-time Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska. Biography He was born on October 11, 1861 to ...
  • Walter Philip Leber (1918 - 2009)
    Walter Philip Leber (September 12, 1918 – August 3, 2009) served as the Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1967 to 1971. Biography Born in Saint Louis, Missouri on September 12, 1918, Leber...
  • Maj. General George W. Davis, 4th Military Governor of Puerto Rico (1839 - 1918)
    George Whitefield Davis (July 26, 1839 – July 12, 1918) was an engineer and Major General in the United States Army. He also served as a military Governor of Puerto Rico and as the first military Gov...
  • David Stuart Parker (1919 - 1990)
    David Stuart Parker (March 22, 1919 - May 9, 1990) served as the Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1971 to 1975. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1940, a...
  • Harold Robert Parfitt (1921 - 2006)
    ) Major General Harold Robert Parfitt (U.S. Army (Ret.)) (August 6, 1921—May 21, 2006), was Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1975 to 1979. MG Parfitt was born in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, on ...

Governors of the Panama Canal Zone

The following is a list of military and civilian Governors of the Panama Canal Zone while it was under U.S. control.

The Panama Canal Zone (Spanish: Zona del Canal de Panamá) was an unincorporated territory of the United States from 1903 to 1979, centered on the Panama Canal and surrounded by the Republic of Panama. The zone consisted of the canal and an area generally extending five miles (8.0 km) on each side of the centerline, excluding Panama City and Colón, which otherwise would have been partly within the limits of the Zone. Its border spanned three of Panama's provinces. When reservoirs were created to assure a steady supply of water for the locks, those lakes were included within the Zone.