Chronology of the Democratic Party of Hawaii

Landmark Moments In the History of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i

1820 – The collapse of the “King Caucus” a system of presidential nomination by congressional caucuses.

1840 – Officially named the Democratic Party By 1848, the quadrennial Democratic National Convention had become a fixture, thus, making the Democratic National Committee the oldest continuous political institution in America.

1893 – Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai`i.

1894 – Republic of Hawaii created by the ruling Republican Oligarchy.

1895 – Counter-revolution by the Royalist. An attempt to restore the Queen and the Nation of Hawai`i failed.

1896 – The Republican Club of Hawai`i was created.

1898 – The annexation of Hawaii to U.S.

1900 –  Organic Act passed making political parties and municipal governments official in Hawaii.

1900 – The Republican Club becomes Republican Party.

1900 – The Democratic Party was born in Hawaii.

1900 – The Home Rule Party was created.

1900 – Robert Wilcox of the Home Rule Party wins election as first Territorial {non-voting} Delegate to Congress.

1908 – First Mayor of City & County elected. Joseph Fern (D). “From 1893 until 1954, Republicans held the helm and ran a tight ship.”

1920 – John H. Wilson Mayor of Honolulu (D) “… attended the launching of women’s suffrage …” and instructed the Hawaii Attorney General to allow women to register to vote.

1925 –  Kauai Democrat, Rosalie Keliinoi was the first woman elected to the Territory of Hawai`i Legislature.

1935 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as part of his New Deal legislation, passed the Wagner Act giving workers the legal right to organize unions that could demand employer recognition

1936 – Mrs. Mary Lindsey Correa, attended the Democratic National Convention as the first woman from Hawai`i to attend as a delegate.

1943 – Senator Alice Kamakila Campbell (D), served in State Legislature

1943 – Representative Ester K. Richardson (D) served in State Legislature.

1944 – Democratic National Convention addressed changes in the role of women, which were taking place as a result of the war.

1946 – Racial barriers were let down for Chinese and Filipinos by President Truman.

1948 – A “statehood plank” was included in the National Democratic Party platform.

1952 – The push for Statehood was in full gear. The Democratic Party of Hawaii’s Platform called for First-class citizenship.

1952 – Japanese, Koreans, and Samoans became eligible for citizenship and the Democratic Party of Hawaii became their home

1954 – The Democratic Revolution took place in Hawaii.

1958 – Statehood.

1962 – The first Democratic Governor,  John Burns was elected.

1962 – Helene Hale (D. Hilo) was elected the first African-American Woman Mayor in the U.S.

1974 – Governor George Aryoshi, the first American of Japanese ancestry was elected.

1978 – Hawaii Constitutional Convention. Considered “the watershed political event in the modern State of Hawaii, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs was created. More HERE

1986 – John Waihee was elected the first Hawaiian Governor.

1990 –  Lorraine Inouye became the first Philippine-American Woman Mayor in the U.S.

1990 – Representative Jackie Young became the first Korean Woman legislator to be elected in the U.S.

1994 – Ben Cayetano (D) became the first American of Filipino Ancestry to be elected Governor in the U.S.

1994 – Mazie Hirano became the First Lt. Governor born in a foreign country to be elected in the U.S.

1996 – First Political Convention in the world to be transmitted over the Internet.

2000 – Centennial of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i.

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