Joseph Boyd Poindexter
Born in Oregon, Poindexter was educated and spent his early career as an attorney and judge in Montana. He came to Hawai`i in 1917
when he was appointed U.S. District Judge by President Wilson. Following his judgeship and a period of private law practice in Hawai`i, he was appointed to two terms as governor by President Franklin Roosevelt, beginning in 1934. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
, a "Defense Period" was declared in Hawai`i, the writ of habeas corpus was suspended and the territory was placed under martial law. Poindexter stayed in office only until his successor was approved.
, Poindexter resumed his private law practice. He also served as a trustee of the Bishop Estate from 1943
, the year he died.
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