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John Anthony Burns


Originally from Montana, Burns finished high school in Honolulu (St. Louis) and attended the University of Hawai`i. From 1934 to 1945, Burns was in the Honolulu Police Department, becoming a captain in 1941. In the early 1950s, he was administrator of O`ahu Civil Defense in addition to operating retail and real estate businesses.

Burns gained political prominence when he became chair of the Democratic County Committee in 1948. From 1957 to 1959 he was a territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress and was instrumental in gaining statehood for Hawai`i, using support for Alaskan statehood to win the same status for the Islands.

After losing his first governor's race to incumbent Governor Quinn, Burns won in 1962 with strong support from unions and American-Japanese veterans of World War II. Burns’ election led a movement that turned majority political support from Republicans to the Democrats for the first time in Hawaii's history. A very popular leader, Burns was elected governor three times; he retired after the end of his third term in 1974.

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