Philip Williams was a decorated Captain of the United States Navy and one-time military Governor of the United States Virgin Islands. Williams entered the United States Naval Academy in 1889, became an Ensign in 1891, a lieutenant junior grade in 1894, a lieutenant in 1897, he served in the Spanish–American War and commanded USS Chester during World War I, for which he received the Navy Cross. In 1919, he was given command of USS Kansas, before being reassigned to the Bureau of Navigation. From 1922 to 1924, he commanded USS Tennessee, before being appointed as Governor of the United States Virgin Islands. During his turn as governor, the previous governments of the islands were criticized for not doing enough to fortify the islands as a military base. Political pressure was mounting as the Colonial Council, the local government body, voted to request greater authority over the islands but were denied. On August 28, 1924, a hurricane swept through the islands, resulting in four deaths and one person still missing, all on St. John.
In addition, 300–400 houses were destroyed and the American Red Cross sent $5,000 in aid. The nearby British island of Tortola suffered many more casualties and resources were dispatched from the US Virgin Islands to assist. Williams resigned as Governor due to health problems in 1926 and retired from the Navy in 1927. Following his retirement, he continued to work with the Navy and authored several textbooks using in the academy. "Only Four are Killed on Virgin Islands." The Atlanta Constitution. Atlanta, Ga.: Sep 4, 1924. Pg. 6, 1 pgs "New Governor of Virgin Islands." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif.: Aug 7, 1925. Pg. 2, 1 pgs "What To Do With The Virgin Islands? Valesku Bari." The North American Review. Boston: Dec 1925 – Feb 1926. Iss. NO. 829. 266, 8 pgs "Capt. Williams Dies in Naval Hospital." The Washington Post. Washington, D. C.: Nov 2, 1942. Pg. B5, 1 pgs "Captain Williams, Insular Ex-Head." Special to The New York Times. New York Times. New York, N. Y.: Nov 4, 1942. Pg. 23, 1 pgs
Dennis M. Davin is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development, having been nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed in May 2015, he served as Director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Before his appointment, Secretary Davin served as Director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, where he was responsible for creating and executing the economic development strategy for Allegheny County, he managed funding from local and federal sources to implement economic development activities such as site development, new job creation initiatives, community development, affordable housing for 1.25 million citizens in 130 municipalities. One project he is proud of is the Greater Allegheny Passage, a trail system that goes from Point State Park in Pittsburgh all the way to Washington, D. C. in Georgetown