Edwin Taylor Pollock (1870–1943) was a career officer in the United
States Navy, serving in both the Spanish–American War and World War I.
He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain. As a young ensign,
Pollock served on board the USS New York during the Spanish–American
War. After the war, he gradually rose through the ranks and served on
many ships, including doing important research into wireless
communication. Less than a week before World War I, he won a race
against a fellow officer to be the one to officially sign over the U.S.
Virgin Islands from the Danish and serve as the territory's first
acting-governor. During the war, he was promoted to captain and
successfully transferred 60,000 American soldiers to France, for which
he was awarded a Navy Cross. Afterward, he was made the eighth Naval
Governor of American Samoa and then the superintendent of the United
States Naval Observatory, before retiring in 1927.
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