Chiefs of the Revenue Marine Bureau
(The Chiefs exercised centralized control over the Revenue Marine Bureau.)
- 1843-1848 Captain Alexander V. Fraser, Chief, Revenue Marine Bureau
- 1848-1849 Captain Richard Evans, Chief, Revenue Marine Bureau
- 1889-1895 Captain Leonard G. Shepard, USRCS, Captain-Commandant, Chief Revenue Marine Division
- 1895-1905 Captain Charles F. Shoemaker, USRCS, Captain-Commandant, Chief Revenue Marine Division
- 1905-1911 Captain Worth G. Ross, USRCS, Captain-Commandant
- 1911-1919 Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, Captain-Commandant; Chief Division of Revenue Cutter Service (became Coast Guard in 1915)
- 1919-1924 Rear Admiral William F. Reynolds, first Captain and later Rear Admiral Commandant. Re-appointed Commandant on 12 January 1923 with rank of Rear Admiral effective 2 October 1923. He was the first officer to attain this rank.
- 1924-1932 Rear Admiral Frederick C. Billard
- 1932-1936 Rear Admiral Harry G. Hamlet
- 1936-1946 Admiral Russell R. Waesche. Appointed Commandant as Rear Admiral. Appointed Full Admiral 4 April 1945. First officer to attain ranks of Vice Admiral and Admiral.
- 1946-1949 Admiral Joseph F. Farley
- 1949-1954 Vice Admiral Merlin ONeill
- 1954-1962 Admiral Alfred C. Richmond. Appointed Commandant as Vice Admiral; appointed Admiral 1 June 1960 by act of 14 May 1960. Public Law 86-474, under which all Coast Guard Commandants thereafter automatically became Admirals.
- 1962-1966 Admiral Edwin J. Roland
- 1966-1970 Admiral Willard J. Smith
- 1970-1974 Admiral Chester R. Bender
- 1974-1978 Admiral Owen W. Siler
- 1978-1982 Admiral John B. Hayes
- 1982-1986 Admiral James S. Gracey
- 1986-1990 Admiral Paul A. Yost, Jr.
- 1990-1994 Admiral J. William Kime
- 1994-1998 Admiral Robert E. Kramek
- 1998- Admiral James M. Loy