William Francis Quinn
William Quinn was attending Harvard Law School when World War II interrupted his studies. While serving in the Navy, Quinn visited Hawai`i for the first time as he made his way to Saipan. After the war, he completed his law degree and returned to Hawai`i in 1947
to accept a law firm position. For the next 10 years, he practiced law with Robertson, Castle and Anthony.
, President Eisenhower appointed Quinn territorial governor. After statehood in 1959
, Quinn became the first elected governor in a hotly contested campaign against John Burns. As governor, Quinn established land use laws, handled a sugar workers’ strike in 1958
and directed the state's recovery after a 1960
When Quinn's second term as governor ended, he led Dole Pineapple Company as a vice president and president. In 1976
, he ran for political office again, but lost the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Spark Matsunaga.
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