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.|
|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.
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.
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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