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Hiram Fong
Hiram Fong.jpg
Fong in 1973
United States Senator
from Hawaii
In office
August 21, 1959 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded bySpark Matsunaga
Personal details
BornOctober 15, 1906(1906-10-15)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
DiedAugust 18, 2004(2004-08-18) (aged 97)
Kahaluu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Hiram Leong Fong (Yau Leong Fong; October 15, 1906 – August 18, 2004) was an American politician and businessman. He was the first United States senator for Hawaii. He served as senator from 1959 to 1977. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Fong ran for President of the United States in 1964. He lost the primary to Barry M. Goldwater. He was the first Asian-American to run for President of the United States. Patsy Mink would follow him as the few Hawaiians to run for President.

Fong died in Kahaluu, Hawaii from complications of a fall, aged 97.[1]


  1. Nakaso, Dan. "Hiram Fong dead at 97" Honolulu Advertiser, 18 August 2004.

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