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James A. King

James Anderson King
Born (1832-12-04)December 4, 1832
Bridge of Allan, Scotland
Died October 16, 1899(1899-10-16) (aged 66)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation Shipping, Politician
Children Samuel Wilder King
Executive council of the Provisional Government (left to right): James A. King, Sanford B. Dole, W. O. Smith and P. C. Jones.

James Anderson King (December 4, 1832 – October 16, 1899) was a ship's master who became a politician of the Republic of Hawaii.


James Anderson King was born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland in December 4, 1832.[1] He arrived in the Kingdom of Hawaii during the 1860s, just after the American Civil War, and worked as ship's master on merchant vessels. He sailed the Kona Packet on trading voyages to Alaska, Kamchatka, and Japan.[2] When Samuel Gardner Wilder arranged to buy the steamship Likelike, King was put in charge.[3] As Wilder grew his fleet, Captain King was made superintendent of all shipping operations. He married Charlotte Holmes Davis. She was the granddaughter of William Sumner, an early ship captain who had served Kamehameha the Great, and great-granddaughter of Oliver Holmes, an early settler and Governor of Oʻahu; both men had married into Hawaiian nobility. Her uncle William Heath Davis (1822–1909) moved to Alta California in the 1830s.

After the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, King was made minister of the interior for the Provisional Government of Hawaii on January 17, 1893. He also served as minister of Interior of the Republic of Hawaii until his death.[4] On June 3, 1896 he acted as minister of finance until the end of the month when he was replaced by Henry E. Cooper.

King died October 16, 1899, while trying to teach a six-year-old son how to swim in the ocean.[2] He had an elaborate state funeral at ʻIolani Palace (then known as the executive building) with burial at Oahu Cemetery with Masonic rituals of Freemasonry on October 23, 1899.[5] His son Samuel Wilder King became governor of the Territory of Hawaii.[6]


  1. ^ "Capt James A. King".  
  2. ^ a b "Capt. J. A. King: Stricken with Apoleptic Fit while Bathing". The Hawaiian Gazette. October 17, 1899. p. 1. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Mifflin Thomas (October 1983). Schooner from windward: two centuries of Hawaiian interisland shipping. University of Hawaii Press.  
  4. ^ "King, James A. office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Last Sad Rites: Imposing Funeral of Captain King Yesterday Afternoon; State and Masonic Function". The Hawaiian Gazette. October 24, 1899. p. 1. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ "King, Samuel Wilder, 1886–1959 office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
Government offices
Preceded by
John F. Colburn
Republic of Hawaii Minister of Interior
1893 – 1899
Succeeded by
Alexander Young
Preceded by
Samuel M. Damon
Acting Republic of Hawaii Minister of Finance
June 1896
Succeeded by
Henry E. Cooper
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