Walter F. Frear
|Walter Francis Frear|
|3rd Territorial Governor of Hawaii|
August 15, 1907 – November 30, 1913
|Appointed by||Theodore Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||George R. Carter|
|Succeeded by||Lucius E. Pinkham|
|Chief Justice of the
Hawaiʻi Supreme Court
October 29, 1863|
Grass Valley, California
|Died||January 22, 1948
|Political party||Hawaiʻi Republican Party|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Dillingham Frear|
Frear was born October 29, 1863 in Grass Valley, California. His father, Reverend Walter Frear, was born in Poughkeepsie, New York August 16, 1828, graduated from Yale in 1851, came to the Kingdom of Hawaii as a missionary, and then lived in California when he was born. His mother was Frances Elmira Foster. The family returned to Honolulu in 1870, where his father was pastor of the Fort Street Church until 1881. He graduated from Punahou School in 1881, Yale with a B.A. in 1885, and Yale law school in 1890. On August 1, 1893 he married Mary Emma Dillingham, the daughter of industrialist Benjamin Dillingham. They had two daughters: Virginia (1900–?) and Margaret (1908–?).
He was appointed as circuit judge on January 1, 1893 by Queen Liliʻuokalani. On March 7, 1893 he was promoted to serve on the Supreme Court of the Kingdom. After the death of Albert Francis Judd, on July 5, 1900 he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of what was then the Territory of Hawaii.
Frear was appointed Governor after George R. Carter by President Theodore Roosevelt on August 15, 1907. Alfred S. Hartwell replaced him as Chief Justice. He was a member of the Republican Party of Hawaii. After the election of Woodrow Wilson, Frear was replaced by the first governor from the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Lucius Pinkham in November 1913. He died January 22, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Frears founded the Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Eleemosynary Trust to sponsor educational projects. Frear Hall, a dormitory building built in the 1950s on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, was named after Governor Frear's wife Mary Dillingham Frear, a member of the University's Board of Regents from 1920–1943. The aging structure was demolished in 2006, to make way for a new dorm facility also called Frear Hall completed in the Summer of 2008.
The Frear Center, located at 1132 Bishop Street, was named after Walter and Mary Frear. It is a classroom building of Hawaii Pacific University, and was designed for information systems and computer science courses. The trust also supported Chaminade University of Honolulu.
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- Walter Francis Frear (1947). Mark Twain and Hawaii. Lakeside Press.
- John William Leonard; Albert Nelson Marquis (1903). Who's who in America. Marquis. p. 516.
- Proceedings respecting the resignation of Rev. W. Frear as pastor of the Fort Street Church, of Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands: Farewell discourse of the Pastor. Hawaiian gazette office. 1881.
- Memorials of eminent Yale men: a biographical study of student life and university influences during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Yale University Press. 1914. p. 398.
- Mary Emma Dillingham Frear (1934). Lowell and Abigail: a realistic idyll. Yale university press. p. 307.
- "Supreme Court, Chief Justices of office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
- "Frear, Walter F. office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- H. Brett Melendy (1983). "The Controversial Appointment of Lucius Eugene Pinkham, Hawaii's First Democratic Governor". Hawaiian Journal of History 17 (Hawaii Historical Society). pp. 185–208. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "Frear, Mary Dillingham office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- Craig Gima (June 30, 2008). "New dorm is pride of UH: A school official says the $71 million facility is a "dramatic step in the right direction"". Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "FC Building - Frear Center - 1132 Bishop Street". Hawai'i Pacific University official web site. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Trust Honored for its Support of Chaminade University's New Introductory Wet Lab". press release on Chaminade University of Honolulu web site. February 26, 2007.
George R. Carter
|Territorial Governor of Hawaii
1907 - 1913
Lucius E. Pinkham
Albert Francis Judd
|Chief Justice of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court
Alfred S. Hartwell