Samuel Wilder King
A native of Honolulu, Samuel King was the son of a sea captain, James A. King, who settled in Hawai`i in the 1860s
and began an inter-island shipping business. James later served as minister of the interior under the Republic. Samuel's mother was Charlotte Homes Davis King, a part-Hawaiian descendent of O`ahu chiefs.
After receiving his early education in Hawai`i, Samuel King attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and entered active duty with the Navy after his graduation in 1910
. King's Navy duty continued through 1924
, including action during World War I.
During the 1920s
, King returned to Hawai`i where he worked in government and on various commissions. In 1934
, he was elected as a territorial delegate to Congress and served there until 1942
. In 1942, he returned to active military duty and served in the Navy through the years of World War II.
Beginning in 1947
, King was an active member of the Hawai`i Statehood Commission. President Eisenhower appointed him governor for one term in 1953
. Two years after retiring from the governorship, King died in Honolulu of a heart attack.