Oren E. Long
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|United States Senator|
August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1963
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Dan Inouye|
|Governor of Hawaii|
May 8, 1951 – February 28, 1953
|Preceded by||Ingram Stainback|
|Succeeded by||Samuel King|
Oren Ethelbirt Long
March 4, 1889
Altoona, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||May 6, 1965 (aged 76)|
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Resting place||Oahu Cemetery|
|Education||Johnson University (BA)|
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MA)
Columbia University (MA)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World 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
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 E. Long at Find a Grave
| Governor of Hawaii
|Party political offices|
|First|| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Hawaii
|New seat|| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Hawaii
Served alongside: Hiram Fong
|86th||Senate: O. Long • H. Fong||House: D. Inouye|
|87th||Senate: O. Long • H. Fong||House: D. Inouye|