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Oren Ethelbirt LONG

(1889-1965)
Senate Years of Service:
1959-1963
Party:
Democrat

LONG, Oren Ethelbirt, a Senator from Hawaii; born in Altoona, Wilson County, Kans., March 4, 1889; attended the public schools; graduated from Johnson College, Kimberlin Heights, Tenn., in 1912, University of Michigan in 1916, and Columbia University in 1922; teacher of history, Johnson Academy, Kimberlin Heights, Tenn., 1912-1914, and principal 1914-1917; social settlement worker, Hilo, Hawaii, 1917-1918; educational director, Army Y.M.C.A., Fort Shafter, Hawaii, 1918-1919; vice principal of McKinley High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1919-1920; personnel officer, Kohala Sugar Co. 1920-1921; principal, Church Farm School, Glen Loch, Pa., 1922-1924, and Kauai High School, Hawaii, 1924-1925; deputy superintendent of public instruction for Hawaii 1925-1934, and superintendent of public instruction, Territory of Hawaii 1934-1946; during the Second World War served as a lieutenant, Headquarters Staff, Hawaii Defense Volunteers; director, State Department of Public Welfare 1946; chairman, Advisory Committee on Education for Trust Territories 1946; secretary of Territory of Hawaii 1946-1951; appointed Governor of Territory of Hawaii 1951-1953; member and vice chairman, Hawaii Statehood Commission 1954-1956; territorial senator, Territory of Hawaii 1956-1959; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on July 28, 1959; upon the admission of Hawaii as a State into the Union on August 21, 1959, drew the four-year term beginning on that day and ending January 3, 1963; was not a candidate for renomination in 1962; member of the South Pacific Commission 1964; died in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 6, 1965; interment in Oahu Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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