Oren E. Long

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Oren Long
Oren E. Long (PP-75-4-020).jpg
United States Senator
from Hawaii
In office
August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byDan Inouye
Governor of Hawaii
In office
May 8, 1951 – February 28, 1953
Preceded byIngram Stainback
Succeeded bySamuel King
Personal details
Oren Ethelbirt Long

(1889-03-04)March 4, 1889
Altoona, Kansas, U.S.
DiedMay 6, 1965(1965-05-06) (aged 76)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Resting placeOahu Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ida Geneva
EducationJohnson University (BA)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MA)
Columbia University (MA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

Oren Ethelbirt Long (March 4, 1889 – May 6, 1965) was an American politician who served as the tenth Territorial Governor of Hawaii 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[edit]

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.

For his entire tenure Long was Hawaii's Senior Senator, as he took office the same day with fellow Senator from new state, Hiram Fong (with Long having a seniority edge due to being former Governor)

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.[1]

He died[2] in 1965 after suffering an attack of asthmatic bronchitis in Honolulu, Hawaii and was buried in Oahu Cemetery.


External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Oren E. Long (id: L000425)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Oren E. Long at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Ingram Stainback
Governor of Hawaii
Succeeded by
Samuel King
Party political offices
First Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Hawaii
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Dan Inouye
U.S. Senate
New seat U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Hawaii
Served alongside: Hiram Fong
Succeeded by
Dan Inouye