James Arthur Ewing

The Samoa Honorable

James Arthur Ewing
United States Ambassador to North Korea
In office
1953 – May 30, 1955
40th Governor of American Samoa
In office
November 28, 1952 – March 4, 1953
Preceded byThomas Darden
Succeeded byJohn C. Elliott
Personal details
Born(1916-10-01)October 1, 1916
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyRepublican; Democrat
Alma materWilliams College; Fordham Law School
OccupationAttorney and politician
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Seal United States Army
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain

 James Arthur Ewing (October 1, 1916 - unknown)[1] was the 40th Governor of American Samoa. He took the office on November 28, 1952 and resigned just over four months later, on March 4, 1953.[2][3] He was appointed by President Harry S. Truman.[4]


He was born in Boardman, Ohio and later lived in Youngstown. Prior to his appointment, Ewing was an executive with an Ohio steel company.[5][6]

In July 1956, his wife, former model Bernice Ewing, sued him for divorce on grounds of extreme cruelty.[7] A year later, a judge increased the payments but it was stated Ewing's whereabouts were unknown; he had last been heard from in Fiji in January of that year, when payments abruptly stopped.[8][9]


  1. ^ Facts on File Yearbook. 12. Facts on File, Incorporated. 1953. ISSN 0196-2981. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Sorensen, Stan (2007). "The Samoan Historical Calendar, 1606-2007" (PDF). Government of American Samoa. p. 287. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 27, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "Richard Barrett Lowe". Governors. Government of American Samoa. 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  4. ^ Gray, John Alexander Clinton (1980). Amerika Samoa. Ayer Publishing. p. 262. ISBN 0-405-13038-4. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Associated Press (November 29, 1952). "Governor of U. S. Samoa Named". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 6.
  6. ^ Associated Press (5 March 1953). "Eisenhower Names Postmaster Aides". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 15.
  7. ^ "James Arthur Ewing is Sued for Divorce". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Associated Press. July 5, 1956. p. 2. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Model Wins in Court". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. API. June 12, 1957. p. 10. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Where's the Husband? Model Wins Boost in Support Payments — But There's a Hitch". The San Bernardino County Sun. AP. June 12, 1957. p. 6. Retrieved September 27, 2018.