George R. Carter, 2nd Terr. Gov. of Hawaii

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George Robert Carter

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, USA
Death: February 11, 1933 (66)
Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, USA
Place of Burial: Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry A. P. Carter and Sybil Augusta Carter
Husband of Helen Carter
Father of Elizabeth Bogardus; Robert Carter; Phoebe Alexander; Daughter Carter and George Robert Carter, Jr.
Brother of Frances Isabelle Crehore; Charles Lunt Carter; Agnes Boyd Galt; Sybil Augusta Carter; Cordelia Judd Hartwell and 1 other

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About George R. Carter, 2nd Terr. Gov. of Hawaii

George Carter was Hawaii Territorial Governor. He graduated from Yale University, was trained at Seattle National Bank, and returned to Hawaii to become Cashier of C. Brewer & Co., where his father was senior partner. Carter was also active in other businesses, including the Hawaiian Trust Company, the Hawaiian Fertilizer Company and the Bank of Hawaii. In 1901 he was elected to Hawaii's Territorial Senate, and in 1902 he was appointed Territorial Secretary. In 1903 he was named Hawaii's Territorial Governor, succeeding Sanford B. Dole, the first man to hold the office. He served until 1907, and during his administration Hawaii adopted its current system of five county governments. Carter was a member of the Oahu Cemetery Commission, Sons of the Revolution, the Hawaiian Historical Society, and several scientific associations. In addition to publishing a number of historical and genealogical works, Carter amassed a valuable collection of books and rare documents which he eventually donated to the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, which continues to maintain it. (bio by: Bill McKern)

George Robert Carter (December 28, 1866 – February 11, 1933) was the second Territorial Governor of Hawaiʻi, serving from 1903 to 1907.

He was born December 28, 1866 in Honolulu. His mother was Sybil Augusta Judd (1843–1906), daughter of Gerrit P. Judd, and his father was businessman Henry Alpheus Peirce Carter. Carter was educated at Fort Street School in Honolulu (now McKinley High School), Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Yale University. He married Helen Strong, daughter of Eastman Kodak president Henry A. Strong April 19, 1892. They had four children: Elizabeth (born August 25, 1895), Phoebe (born September 27, 1897), a daughter who died on June 17, 1903, and George Robert, Jr. (born November 10, 1905).

After Yale Carter spent time serving an apprenticeship with Seattle National Bank. He formed a rowing club with William Brownell Goodwin, fellow Hawaiian Hiram Bingham and Marshall Latham Bond whose members turned their boats over to the University of Washington when it broke up. In 1895 Carter returned to Hawaiʻi to become the cashier of C. Brewer & Co., where his father had been a senior partner from 1862 to 1874. From 1898 to 1902, he helped organize and manage the Hawaiian Trust Company, and was managing director of the Hawaiian Fertilizer Company. In addition, he served as a director for Bank of Hawaii, C. Brewer, and Alexander & Baldwin.

Carter was elected to the Hawaii Territorial Senate from Oahu in 1901. While a territorial senator, he was sent to Washington as an unofficial agent to discuss territorial matters with President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt eventually appointed him Secretary of the Territory in 1902, and then Territorial Governor in 1903, succeeding Sanford B. Dole who resigned to become a federal judge.

In 1905, during Carter's administration, the current system of county governments was created; the five county governments (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaiʻi, and Kalawao) took effect on January 1, 1906. (Oahu County later became the City and County of Honolulu in 1909.)

After his retirement and until his death on February 11, 1933 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Carter remained active in the community. Carter was a member of the Hawaiian Historical Society and engaged in historical research, collecting valuable books and documents. In 1922, Carter donated his collection to the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, which continues to maintain it as well as the Mission Houses Museum. He was buried in Oahu Cemetery

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George R. Carter, 2nd Terr. Gov. of Hawaii's Timeline

December 28, 1866
Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, USA
Age 26
August 28, 1895
Age 28
Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, USA
September 27, 1897
Age 30
Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, USA
June 27, 1903
Age 36
November 10, 1905
Age 38
Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, USA
February 11, 1933
Age 66
Honolulu, Honolulu, HI, USA
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States