Joseph R. Farrington

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Joseph Rider Farrington
Farrington in 1943
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii Territory's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1943 – June 19, 1954
Preceded bySamuel W. King
Succeeded byElizabeth P. Farrington
Member of the Hawaii Territorial Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1897-10-15)October 15, 1897
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedJune 19, 1954(1954-06-19) (aged 56)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseElizabeth P. Farrington
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1918–1919
Ranksecond lieutenant
Farrington grave marker in Oahu Cemetery
Farrington in 1915, as a graduate from Punahou School.

Joseph Rider Farrington (October 15, 1897 – June 19, 1954) was an American newspaper editor and statesman who served in the United States Congress as delegate for the Territory of Hawai'i.

Education and military career


Farrington was born in Washington, D.C., to Wallace Rider Farrington, the future Territorial Governor of Hawai'i. While still an infant, he moved to Honolulu, Hawai'i with his parents where his father began work as an editor for the Honolulu Advertiser and later the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers. Farrington attended Punahou School and, upon graduating, studied at the University of Wisconsin. He dropped out of college in June 1918 to enlist in the United States Army. He was commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery in September 1918 and discharged the following December. He returned to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated in 1919.[1]

Newspaper career


As soon as he obtained his degree in Wisconsin, Farrington became a reporter on the staff of the Public Ledger in Philadelphia. He served three years as a member of its Washington bureau.[2] He then returned to Honolulu to follow in his father's footsteps and entered the newspaper business. He became a reporter and then editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. In 1939, Farrington succeeded his father to become president and general manager of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, an office in which he served until his death.[3]

Political career

Farrington during his time as delegate.
Farrington with Alaska Delegate Bob Bartlett in 1950.

Farrington began a part-time political career as secretary to the Hawai'i Legislative Commission in 1933. The following year he was elected to the Hawaii Territorial Senate, an office he served in through 1942. On January 3, 1943, Farrington was sworn in as a Republican delegate to Congress. Farrington was a supporter of Hawaiian statehood and help advise the early post-war efforts for admission.[4]: 121  He died in office in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 1954, of an apparent heart attack.[5] His wife, Elizabeth P. Farrington, was elected to replace him in Congress.[6] Farrington was buried in the Oahu Cemetery in Nuʻuanu Valley in Honolulu.

See also



  1. ^ "Biography of the United States Congress". Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  2. ^ United States Congress (1943). Official Congressional Directory, 78th Congress, 1st Session. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office.
  3. ^ Nakaso, Dan (August 16, 2009). "Joseph Farrington". Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  4. ^ Roger Bell (1984). "5 - Issues Confused, 1946-1950: Civil Rights, Party Politics and Communism". Last Among Equals: Hawaiian Statehood and American Politics. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 120–179.
  5. ^ Hawaiian Delegate to Congress Dies of Heart Attack; The Ada Evening News; Page 13; June 20, 1954
  6. ^ US House of Representatives website, Farrington, Mary Elizabeth
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii Territory's at-large congressional district

January 3, 1943 - June 19, 1954
Succeeded by