Johnny Wilson: First Hawaiian Democrat
Entrepreneur, impresario, engineer: Johnny Wilson was all of these, in addition to being one of Hawai'i's most formidable politicians. This is the first biography of John Henry Wilson, whose career spanned the first half of the twentieth century and the wide gulf between Hawaiian monarchy and Hawai'i statehood. Born in 1871, the son of Queen Liliuokalani's marshal, the part-Hawaiian, part-Tahitian, part-Scot, part-Irish road contractor cum music promoter ran for his first political office at age forty-seven, as a reluctant senatorial candidate for the Democratic party - at the time known as "the party of the unwashed." Wilson lost the race but went on to win many others, serving as Democratic national committeeman for three decades and as mayor of Honolulu for fourteen years between 1920 and 1954.
Many facets of Wilson's life dramatize that colorful transition period in Hawai'i's history. As the son of a royal official, Wilson harbored his own ideas about the revolt that overthrew the monarchy. His diaries provide important historical information about early Hawaiian music and dance. The dreams and accomplishments of this early union sympathizer and founder of Hawai'i's Democratic party constitute a unique political history of the territory almost in its entirety. In his familiar, engaging style, veteran newspaper reporter Bob Krauss has recorded the legend of Johnny Wilson.
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PART SEVEN THE UNBEATABLE OLD POLITICIAN
Out from Retirement
The Police Graft Trials
The Communist Issue
The Fist Fight
Way Out in Waialae
PART FIVE JOHNNY AND THE ROOSEVELT ADMINISTRATION
An Instructed Delegation for FDR
Johnny Runs for Governor
The Squabbling Democrats
From the Ashes of Defeat
LEADER OF HAWAIIS DEMOCRATS
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Page 9 - After dinner we landed, to enjoy all the delights produced by the first impressions of a new country, and that country the charming Tahiti. A crowd of men, women, and children was collected on the memorable Point Venus, ready to receive us with laughing, merry faces.
Page 10 - ... were ruined so long as he could indulge the gratification of his own propensities. Gratitude for his escape, and horror at the reminiscences of the hardships to which he had been exposed, impel him to acknowledge the kind manner he was received on board the Julia, where he met with every attention. His sketches are amusing, and skilfully drawn, but bear as much relation to truth as a farthing does in value to a sovereign. It is as if the said Herman Melville had burnished and gilded the farthing,...
Page 10 - ... to Fannings Island. They lived there, and when they were old enough, the old man brought them here and put them to school. That was in the early fifties. I think they went to school with Captain Smith. Q. How old would that make him. A, About 43 years old. As was usually the case with half-whites of that class, they did not have the best opportunities for education. After they got the ordinary rudiments they would be put to a trade. He was put to a trade. He learned the blacksmith's trade.