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Interview with Martin Pence, session 2 of 4 (12/27/1989)

Interview with Martin Pence conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 12/27/1989 in Federal Judges' Chambers, Prince Kuhio Federal Building Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii discusses his career as Hawaii County Attorney in Hilo beginning in 1939. Topics include his campaign and garnering voter support from plantation workers and native Hawaiians; the crime in Hilo at the time which included prostitution, gambling, and cockfighting; how crime was tolerated by plantation owners as a way to control workers and by police who accepted bribes; how he increased crime enforcement and conviction rates; and the installation of a new Police Commission in Hilo. Pence also talks about his memories of other politicians including Samuel Wilder King and James Kealoha; and his marriage to Lucy Elizabeth Powell in 1938. Interview spans 4 videotapes.

Languages: English

Genres

  • News

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