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Who were Governors and Vice-Governors of the Canal Zone?
  • George W. Goethals, April 1, 1914 – January 10, 1917
  • Chester Harding, January 11, 1917 – March 27, 1921
  • Jay J. Morrow, March 28, 1921 – October 15, 1924
  • Meriwether Walker, October 16, 1924 – October 15, 1928
  • Harry Burgess, October 16, 1928 – October 20, 1932
  • Julian Schley, October 21, 1932 – October 26, 1936
  • Clarence S. Ridley, October 27, 1936 – July 10, 1940
  • Glen E. Edgerton, July 11, 1940 – May 15, 1944
  • Joseph C. Mehaffey, May 16, de 1944 – May 19, 1948
  • Francis K. Newcomer, May 20, 1948 - May 26, 1952
  • John S. Seybold, May 11, 1952 - May 17, 1956
  • William E. Potter, May 27, 1956 – June 30, 1960
  • William A. Carter, July 1, 1960 – January 31, 1962
  • Robert J. Fleming, February 1, 1962 – January 31, 1967
  • Walter P. Leber, February 1, 1967 – March 2, 1971
  • David S. Parker, March 2, 1971 – March 25, 1975
  • Harold Parfitt, March 26, 1975 – September 3, 1979

Who were the Administrators and Deputy Administrators of the Panama Canal?
  • October 1, 1979 - December 31, 1989
    Dennis McAuliffe - Administrator


  • January 1, 1990 - September 19, 1990
    Fernando Manfredo (Interim Administrator)
    Raymond Laverty (Interim Deputy Administrator - Operations)
    Joseph Wood (Interim Deputy Administrator - Administration)


  • September 20, 1990 - August 17, 1996
    Gilberto Guardia F. - Administrator
    Raymond Laverty (Deputy Administrator until July 12, 1995)


  • August 18, 1996 – September 2012
    Alberto Aleman-Zubieta - Administrator
    Joseph Cornelison (Deputy Administrator until December 31, 1999)
    Ricaurte Vásquez (Deputy Administrator, December 31, 1999 - 2007)
    Manuel Benitez (Interim Deputy Administrator, 2005 - 2007)
    José Barrios Ng (Deputy Administrator, 2007 - June 2012)


  • September 4, 2012 - Present
    Jorge Quijano - Administrator
    Manuel Benitez (Deputy Administrator, September 4, 2012 - Present)

Which US Presidents visited the isthmus during the construction period?

President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and President William Taft in 1910.

Who was the first panamanian pilot of the Panama Canal?

The first Panamanian pilot of the Panama Canal was Jeremias De Leon, who officially started work as a pilot on May 11 1975.

Who was the first person to swim the Panama Canal in its entirety?

Richard Halliburton swam the Panama Canal in 1928 and paid only 36 cents in tolls.

How many people are currently employed by the Panama Canal?

The Panama Canal has a work force of approximately 9,000 employees.