Oren E. Long
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|Oren E. Long|
|United States Senator
August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1963
|Preceded by||None (Statehood)|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Inouye|
|10th Territorial Governor of Hawaii|
May 8, 1951 – February 28, 1953
|Appointed by||Harry S. Truman|
|Preceded by||Ingram Stainback|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Wilder King|
|Born||Oren Ethelbirt Long
March 4, 1889
|Died||May 6, 1965
|Resting place||Oahu Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Profession||Social worker, public school official|
|Religion||Disciples of Christ|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Oren Ethelbirt Long (March 4, 1889 – May 6, 1965), was the tenth Territorial Governor of Hawaii and served from 1951 to 1953. A member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Long was appointed to the office after the term of Ingram Stainback. After statehood was achieved he served in the United States Senate, one of the first two, along with Hiram Fong, to represent Hawaii in that body. Long was the only non-Asian American U.S. Senator from Hawaii until the appointment of Brian Schatz to the position in 2012.
Life and career
Long was born in Altoona, Kansas and attended Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee, the University of Michigan, and Columbia University in New York City. He first came to Hawaii in 1917 as a social worker in Hilo. He then held various educational positions in the public school system, eventually serving as a superintendent from 1933 to 1946. He was appointed Governor of the Territory of Hawaii by President of the United States Harry Truman in 1951 and served until 1953. Long served in the Hawaii Territorial Senate from 1956-1959.
On July 28, 1959 he was elected to one of the two Senate seats from the newly formed State of Hawaii, and took office on August 21, 1959. The other Senator elected was Republican Hiram Fong. Long chose not to run for a full six-year term in 1962, and was succeeded by fellow Democrat and then-Rep. Daniel Inouye, in January 1963.
Long appeared as a contestant on What's My Line? shortly after taking office. After three rounds of questioning, the panel successfully guessed him to be the senator from Hawaii.
- Oren E. Long at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Oren Ethelbirt Long at Find a Grave
|Territorial Governor of Hawaii
Samuel Wilder King
|United States Senate|
|United States Senator (Class 3) from Hawaii
Served alongside: Hiram Fong