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Samuel Wilder King

Samuel Wilder King

Member of Congress

Class of 1910
  • Member of 74th Congress, 1935-1943 - Hawaii(R)



Samuel Wilder King, a Delegate from the Territory of Hawaii, was born in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii on December 17, 1886 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, in 1910. He served in the United States Navy from 1910 until 1924, when he resigned with the rank of lieutenant commander.

He was a member of the board of supervisors of the city and county of Honolulu 1932-1934 and then elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Seventy-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1943). He was renominated in 1942, but withdrew to accept a commission as lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He was promoted to commander and later to captain and served in the central Pacific area from January 4, 1943, to February 21, 1946.

He served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1936, 1940, 1948, and 1952 and president of constitutional convention in 1950. He was appointed Governor of Hawaii by President Eisenhower and served from February 28, 1953, until his resignation July 31, 1957. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 24, 1959.

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