George R. Ariyoshi

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George R. Ariyoshi, born March 12, 1926, was the third Governor of the state of Hawaii from 1974 to 1986 and a member of the Democratic Party. He assumed the governorship as acting Governor when Gov. John A. Burns became ill in October 1973.

In the election of 1974, he was elected governor in his own right, with Nelson Doi as lieutenant governor. Ariyoshi became the first American of Asian descent to be elected governor of a state of the United States. He was re-elected in 1978 with Jean S. King as lieutenant governor and in 1982 with John D. Waihee III as lieutenant governor. He guided the state through its first economic recession. Barred by term limits from seeking another term in 1986, Ariyoshi was succeeded by Waihee.

Ariyoshi served as an interpreter with the Military Intelligence Service, U.S. Army, in Japan at the end of World War II.

He attended the University of Hawaii and transferred to Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Art. He then went on to receive his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

In 1954, Ariyoshi was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives. Four years later, he was elected to the Territorial Senate, and finally elected to the Hawaii State Senate. In 1973, he was elected lieutenant govenor.

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External Links

  • George R. Ariyoshi (Wikipedia)
  • Renewed popularity for George Ariyoshi Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 23, 1997.
  • Ex-Gov. Ariyoshi took unpopular stands Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 19, 1998.
  • East-West Center future looks brighter Honolulu Star-Bulletin, November 2, 1999.
  • The Essentials of Democracy Honolulu Business, July 2004.
  • George Ariyoshi Honolulu Advertiser, July 2, 2006.
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