Clarence Hyde Cooke

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Clarence Hyde Cooke
Clarence Hyde Cooke (vol. 2, 1921).jpg
Born(1876-04-17)April 17, 1876
Honolulu, Hawaii
DiedAugust 23, 1944(1944-08-23) (aged 68)
OccupationBusinessman, politician
Parent(s)Charles Montague Cooke
Anna Rice Cooke

Clarence Hyde Cooke (April 17, 1876 – August 23, 1944) was a politician and businessman in Honolulu.


Clarence Cooke was born April 17, 1876 in Honolulu, Hawaii.[1] He was the second son of Charles Montague Cooke and Anna Rice Cooke, and grandson of New England Congregational missionaries to Hawaiʻi Amos Starr Cooke and William Harrison Rice, and thus partial heir to the fortune of Castle & Cooke. He was educated at Punahou School and Yale University.[2]

In 1909, he succeeded his father as president of the Bank of Hawaii, then became chairman of the board in 1937. He also served as president of two banks on Maui, First National Bank of Wailuku and Lahaina National Bank (which later merged to become the Bank of Maui). He held high positions on the boards of many other large corporations in the Territory of Hawaii, including Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaiian Trust Company, Molokai Ranch, and several big sugarcane plantations. He was a founding member of The Pacific Club and the Oahu Country Club,[2] and president of the Charles M. and Anna C. Cooke Trust (now the Cooke Foundation).[3]

He was elected to the territorial Hawaii House of Representatives in 1913–23 and as a delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. He was elected Speaker of the territorial House of Representatives in 1927, then elected to the territorial Senate in 1929 and 1931.[4]

On August 11, 1898, he married Lily Love, who died in 1933,[1] shortly after they completed a great mansion now called the Clarence H. Cooke House on land he owned in Nuʻuanu Valley, where he lived until his own death on August 23, 1944.[2] They had 8 children.[5] His grandson is judge Alan Cooke Kay (born 1932), son of his daughter Anna Frances Cooke (1903–1956) and Harold Thomas Kay (1896–1976).[6]


  1. ^ a b "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Cooke". Retrieved January 23, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places: Inventory—Nomination Form #86001619". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Cooke Foundation: History". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "Cooke, Clarence H office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  5. ^ John William Siddall, ed. (1921). Men of Hawaii: being a biographical reference library, complete and authentic, of the men of note and substantial achievement in the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. p. 107.
  6. ^ "Family forest for Thomas Emerson" (PDF). October 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2010.