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Peter Tali Coleman

Peter Tali Coleman, former Governor of American Samoa. Named to the United States Army Hall of Fame Fort Benning, Georgia, 1982; John Hay Whitney Foundation fellowship.

Background

  • Coleman, Peter Tali was born on December 8, 1919 in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Son of William Patrick and Amata (Aumua) Coleman.

  • Education

    • B.BS in Economics, Georgetown University, 1949. Bachelor of Laws, Georgetown University, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Guam, 1970.

    Career

    • Pacific area analyst Office Ters., Department Interior, Washington, 1951-1952. Public defender, planning officer, customs officer American Samoa, 1952-1955, attorney general, 1955-1956, governor, 1956-1961, 78-85, 89-93. District administrator Marshall Islands district United States Trust Terrace Pacific Islands Department Interior, 1961-1965.

      District administrator Department Interior (Mariana Islands district), 1965-1969, deputy high commissioner, 1969-1976, acting high commissioner, 1976-1977. Alternate United States commissioner (S. Pacific Commission), 1959. Special adviser (United States delegate from Trust Territory Pacific Islands to South Pacific Conference Island Leaders), 1965, 72, head of delegate, 1980-1984.

      Partner Coleman & Faalevao, 1985-1989.

    Membership

    Chairman Western Governors Conference, 1980. Founding member Pacific Basin Development Council, 1980, president, 1982-1983, 89-90. Member standing committee Pacific Islands Conference, 1982-1985, 89—.

    Founding chairman Republican Party of America Samoa, 1985-1988, Republican national committeeman, since 1988. Member White House Delaware to Tonga, 1988. American Samoa consul for Nauru Island, 1985-1988.

    With Army of the United States, 1940-1945.

    Connections

    • Married Nora Stewart, May 31, 1941. Children: William Patrick, Peter Talifiliga, Milton John, Amata, Burton George (deceased), Bruce Joseph, Charles Ulualofaigna, Richard James, Paul Vaelaa, Barrett Francis, Alan David, Sina Ellen, Limonmon Mary.
    • father: William Patrick Coleman
    • mother: Amata (Aumua) Coleman
    • spouse: Nora Stewart
    • children: William Patrick Coleman
    • Peter Talifiliga Coleman
    • Milton John Coleman
    • Amata Coleman
    • Burton George Coleman (deceased)
    • Bruce Joseph Coleman
    • Charles Ulualofaigna Coleman
    • Richard James Coleman
    • Paul Vaelaa Coleman
    • Barrett Francis Coleman
    • Alan David Coleman
    • Sina Ellen Coleman
    • Limonmon Mary Coleman
    Peter Tali Coleman
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    Born December 8, 1919
    Died April 28, 1997
    (aged 77)
    Nationality
    • 1949
      Georgetown University
    • 1951
      Georgetown University
    • 1970
      University Guam
    • 1951 - 1952
      Pacific area analyst, Office Ters.
      Washington, United States
    • 1956 - 1961
      public defender
    • 1959
      alternate United States commissioner (S. Pacific Commission)
    • 1961 - 1965
      district administrator, Marshall Islands district United States Trust Terrace Pacific Islands Department Interior
    • 1965 - 1969
      district administrator, Department Interior (Mariana Islands district)
    • 1969 - 1976
      district administrator, Department Interior (Mariana Islands district)
    • 1976 - 1977
      district administrator, Department Interior (Mariana Islands district)
    • 1985 - 1989
      partner, Coleman & Faalevao
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