Fong in 1973
|United States Senator
August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1977
|Preceded by||Post established|
|Succeeded by||Spark Matsunaga|
October 15, 1906|
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Died||August 18, 2004
Kahaluu, Hawaii, U.S.
Hiram Leong Fong (Yau Leong Fong; October 15, 1906 – August 18, 2004) was an American politician and businessman. He was the first United States senator for Hawaii. He served as senator from 1959 to 1977. He was a member of the Republican Party.
Fong ran for President of the United States in 1964. He lost the primary to Barry M. Goldwater. He was the first Asian-American to run for President of the United States. Patsy Mink would follow him as the few Hawaiians to run for President.
References[change | change source]
- Nakaso, Dan. "Hiram Fong dead at 97" Honolulu Advertiser, 18 August 2004.