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Hawaii Statehood, August 21, 1959

President William McKinley's nomination of Sanford B. Dole to be Governor of the Territory of Hawaii, May 4, 1900

Under the Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900, which created the government of the Territory of Hawaii, Hawaiians did not elect their governor. Instead, governors were appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate according to the process described in Article II, section 2 of the Constitution. On May 4, 1900 President William McKinley nominated Sanford B. Dole to be the first Governor of the Territory of Hawaii.

RG 46, Records of the U.S. Senate

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