George Ariyoshi

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Date of Birth March 12, 1926
Place of Birth Honolulu, Hawaii
Age 94 years old
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George Ariyoshi

George Ariyoshi, born as Ryoichi Ariyoshi, is an American lawyer and politician who served as the third governor of Hawaii from 1974 to 1986. A Democrat, he is Hawaii's longest-serving governor and the first American of Asian descent to serve as governor of a U.S. state. He assumed gubernatorial powers and duties when Governor John A. Burns was declared incapacitated in October 1973 and was elected in 1974, becoming the first Asian-American to be elected governor of a U.S. state or territory. His lengthy tenure is a record likely to remain unbroken due to term limits enacted after he left office. Ariyoshi is now considered an elder statesman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.

Born: George Ryoichi Ariyoshi, Mar 12, 1926, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party: Democratic
Children: 3
Education: University of Hawaii, Manoa, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Lieutenant: Nelson Doi, Jean King, John Waiheʻe
Preceded by: John A. Burns
Succeeded by: John Waiheʻe

About George Ariyoshi

Politician and Democrat who, in 1974, became the first Asian American to be elected Governor of Hawaii. He served until 1986.

Before Fame

He worked as a U.S. Army interpreter during World War II.


He held his first major political office -- as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii -- from 1970 to 1974.

Family Life

He married Jean Miya in 1955. The couple later had three children: Lynn, Ryozo, and Donn.


He ended his tenure as Governor of Hawaii while Ronald Reagan was president.

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