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Joseph Rider Farrington
Joseph Rider Farrington as a graduate from Punahou School
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii Territory's At-large district

In office
January 3, 1943 – June 19, 1954
Preceded by Samuel W. King
Succeeded by Elizabeth P. Farrington
Member of the Hawaii Territorial Senate

In office
Personal details
Born (1897-10-15)October 15, 1897
Washington, D.C., United States
Died June 19, 1954(1954-06-19) (aged 56)
Washington, D.C., United States
Political party Republican
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1918-1919
Rank second lieutenant

Farrington grave marker in Oahu Cemetery

Joseph Rider Farrington (October 15, 1897 – June 19, 1954) was an American newspaper editor and statesman who served in the United States Congress as delegate for the Territory of Hawai'i.[1]

Education and military career

Farrington was born in Washington, D.C. to Wallace Rider Farrington, the future Territorial Governor of Hawai'i. While still an infant, he moved to Honolulu, Hawai'i with his parents where his father began work as an for the Honolulu Advertiser and later the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspapers. Farrington attended Punahou School and, upon graduating, studied at the University of Wisconsin. He dropped out of college in June 1918 to enlist in the United States Army. He was commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery in September 1918 and discharged the following December. He returned to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated in 1919.

Newspaper career

As soon as he obtained his degree in Wisconsin, Farrington became a reporter on the staff of the Public Ledger in Philadelphia. He served three years as a member of its Washington bureau.[2] He then returned to Honolulu to follow in his father's footsteps and entered the newspaper business. He became a reporter and then editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. In 1939, Farrington succeeded his father to become president and general manager of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, an office in which he served until his death.

Political career

Farrington began a part-time political career as secretary to the Hawai'i Legislative Commission in 1933. The following year he was elected to the Hawaii Territorial Senate, an office he served in through 1942. On January 3, 1943, Farrington was sworn in as a Republican delegate to Congress. He died in office in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 1954. His wife, Elizabeth P. Farrington, was appointed to replace him in Congress. Farrington was buried in the Oahu Cemetery in Nuʻuanu Valley in Honolulu.


  1. "Biography of the United States Congress". Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  2. United States Congress (1943). Official Congressional Directory, 78th Congress, 1st Session. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Wilder King
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii Territory's at-large congressional district

January 3, 1943 - June 19, 1954
Succeeded by
Elizabeth P. Farrington

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