On December 13, 1913, Frank C. Carpenter was appointed the first civilian governor of the Moro Province, which later on was named Department of Mindanao and Sulu on March 13, 1914.
Aside from the five provinces already under administrative jurisdiction of the Moro Province.
two more provinces were added, namely, Agusan and Bukidnon.Both the Moros and the so-called "wild tribes" or "pagans," the inhabitants of the two provinces added, were now lumped together under this office. Frank Carpenter, a Nebraskan, joined the army in 1888 and became Secretary of the Army in 1895.
Four years later. he
was appointed secretary to General Lawton in the Philippines and thereafter was appointed Assistant Executive Secretary and. later. as Executive Secretary of the Insular Government.He
learned to speak Tagalog and Spanish very fluently and was endeared among the Filipinos.He
was remembered for many highlights, among which were the signing of the Carpenter Agreement In 1915, the filipinization of the offices. the adoption of the "policy of attraction," and the sending of scholars or pensionados (including Moros) to the United States for higher studies.
...It was one of the cornerstones of the administration of Frank C. Carpenter when he became the Governor of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu.