1959 - 1977 Hiram Leong Fong - First Asian American elected to the U.S. Senate

Title

1959 - 1977 Hiram Leong Fong - First Asian American elected to the U.S. Senate

Description

Senator Hiram Leong Fong became one of Hawaii’s first two U.S. Senators in 1959, upon the state’s admission to the Union. The son of Chinese immigrants, Fong was also the first U.S. Senator of Asian ancestry. During his nearly 18 years in the Senate, Fong advocated civil rights and voting rights legislation and immigration reform that sought to prevent discrimination against Asians. Known for his devotion to Hawaii and his constituents, Fong’s state pride can be seen in a 1983 oral history interview with Capitol Police Inspector Leonard Ballard, who fondly remembered pointing out to Senator Fong a pineapple light fixture in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Creator

Unknown

Date

c. 1960-1970

Source

Hiram Leong Fong: 1906-2004

Sources: Congressional Research Service - Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Congress and United States Senate

Relation

Source: Library of Congress: Digital ID

Rights

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Format

Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Elected

Coverage

Historic

Files

Hiram_Fong.jpg

Reference

Unknown, 1959 - 1977 Hiram Leong Fong - First Asian American elected to the U.S. Senate, Library of Congress, c. 1960-1970

Cite As

Unknown, “1959 - 1977 Hiram Leong Fong - First Asian American elected to the U.S. Senate,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 14, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/85.