Oren E. Long
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (April 2011)|
|United States Senator
August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1963
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Dan Inouye|
|Governor of Hawaii Territory|
May 8, 1951 – February 28, 1953
|Preceded by||Ingram Stainback|
|Succeeded by||Samuel King|
|Born||Oren Ethelbirt Long
March 4, 1889
Altoona, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||May 6, 1965
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Resting place||Oahu Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Johnson University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
|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.
- United States Congress. "Oren E. Long (id: L000425)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Oren Ethelbirt Long at Find a Grave
|Governor of Hawaii Territory
|Party political offices|
|New seat||Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Hawaii
|United States Senate|
|New seat||U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Hawaii
Served alongside: Hiram Fong