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Governors of Hawaii

Information about the past and present governors of the state of Hawaii.

17 Linda Lingle
TERM: 2002 - Present
PARTY: Republican
GOVERNOR OF: State of Hawaii
- Wikipedia on Linda Lingle

16 Benjamin Cayetano
TERM: 1994 - 2002
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: State of Hawaii
Benjamin Cayetano served as governor from 1994 to 2002. He was the nation’s first Filipino American governor. Cayetano served as lieutenant governor under Waihee and was a private attorney prior to entering politics.
- Wikipedia on Benjamin Cayetano

15 John Waihee III
TERM: 1986 - 1994
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: State of Hawaii
John Waihee, who served as governor from 1986 to 1994, was the first Native Hawaiian elected as the state’s chief executive. He came into office when the economy was booming from foreign investment in real estate.
- Wikipedia on John Waihee III

14 George Ariyoshi
TERM: 1974 - 1986
PARTY: Democcrat
GOVERNOR OF: State of Hawaii
George Ariyoshi became governor in 1974. The first governor of Japanese American ancestry, Ariyoshi is remembered for guiding the state through its first economic recession after the post-economic boom of statehood.
- Wikipedia on George Ariyoshi

13 John Burns
TERM: 1962 - 1974
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: State of Hawaii
John Burns was the next elected governor of the state. He challenged Quinn for the governorship in the first election, and came back to win the highest state seat in 1962. He served until 1974. Burns was a police captain with the Honolulu Police Department prior to entering politics.
- Wikipedia on John Burns

12 William F. Quinn
PARTY: Republican
TERM: 1957-1959
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
TERM: 1959-1962
GOVERNOR OF: State of Hawaii
William F. Quinn was the first-elected governor of Hawaii. He was also the last appointed governor. President Dwight Eisenhower appointed Quinn to the position in 1957. Quinn served as governor from 1957 to 1962. His tenure was marked by events such as the sugar strike of 1958, statehood in 1959 and the tsunami of 1960.
- Wikipedia on William F. Quinn

11 Samuel Wilder King
TERM: 1953 - 1957
PARTY: Republican
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
The next governor was Samuel Wilder King. He served from 1953 to 1957 and pushed hard for statehood. King, who was one-eighth Hawaiian, was also a Bishop Estate trustee.
- Wikipedia on Samuel Wilder King

10 Oren E. Long
TERM: 1951 - 1953
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
Oren E. Long was Stainback’s successor and served as governor from 1951 to 1953. He was an educator, serving as superintendent for schools and was a senator after his term as governor.
- Wikipedia on Oren E. Long

09 Ingram M. Stainback
TERM: 1942 - 1951
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
The next governor was Ingram M. Stainback. He served Hawaii from 1942 to 1951. Stainback, who was also a judge, warned people about the dangers of Communism and claimed there was a plan by Communists to seize the territory.
- Wikipedia on Ingram M. Stainback

08 Joseph B. Poindexter
TERM: 1934 - 1942
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
Joseph B. Poindexter was Hawaii’s eighth governor. A former federal judge, he served from 1934 to 1942. Poindexter spent the first four years in office dealing with the Depression. Also while Poindexter was in office, Congress passed the Jones-Costigan Sugar Control Act to limit the overproduction of sugar.
- Wikipedia on Joseph B. Poindexter

07 Lawrence M. Judd
TERM: 1929 - 1934
PARTY: Republican
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
The next governor was Lawrence M. Judd, who was appointed by President Herbert Hoover and served from 1929 to 1934. The stock market crash of 1929 affected Hawaii, which prompted Judd to cut down on expenses in Hawaii.
- Wikipedia on Lawrence M. Judd

06 Wallace R. Farrington
TERM: 1921 - 1929
PARTY: Republican
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii

Wallace R. Farrington was appointed Hawaii’s sixth governor by President Calvin Coolidge, serving from 1921 to 1929. During his tenure, Congress passed the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, which aimed at returning the native Hawaiians to the land.
- Wikipedia on Wallace R. Farrington

05 Charles J. McCarthy
TERM: 1918 - 1921
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
Charles J. McCarthy was appointed Hawaii's fifth governor by President Woodrow Wilson. The popular former territorial treasurer was described as “genial and straightforward” and served from 1918 to 1921. He was in favor of statehood for Hawaii.
- Wikipedia on Charles J. McCarthy

04 Lucius E. Pinkham
TERM: 1913 - 1918
PARTY: Democrat
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
Hawaii’s fourth governor was Lucius E. Pinkham. He was the former president of the Board of Health and served from 1913 to 1918. During his administration, Pinkham dealt with problems related to World War I. Pinkham was the first democrat to hold this office.
- Wikipedia on Lucius E. Pinkham

03 - Walter F. Frear
TERM: 1907 - 1913
PARTY: Republican
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
Walter F. Frear was Hawaii’s third governor. He served from 1907 to 1913. Frear was also a former chief justice of the Supreme Court. The focus in his administration was on homesteading and public works. During his administration the U.S. approved funds to begin building a naval base in Hawaii that would be known as Pearl Harbor.
- Wikipedia on Walter F. Frear

02 George R. Carter
TERM: 1903 - 1907
PARTY: Republican
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
George R. Carter succeeded Dole as governor, serving from 1903 to 1907. Carter is credited with guiding the inexperienced legislature and establishing a sound administration.
- Wikipedia on George R. Carter

01 Sanford B. Dole
TERM: 1900 - 1903
PARTY: Republican
GOVERNOR OF: Territory of Hawaii
Sanford B. Dole was first governor of Hawaii, serving from 1900 to 1903. Dole was also justice of the Supreme Court. He was born in Honolulu in 1844 of missionary parents and then went to the mainland to obtain his education. Dole returned to Hawaii and became involved in public life. After the Republic of Hawaii was established, he became its first president. When the U.S. established Hawaii as a territory, Dole was named governor. He resigned as governor to fill a justice position in federal court.
- Wikipedia on Sanford B. Dole

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