Her name didn’t exactly come tripping off Hawaiian tongues, but the islands’ last queen, Lydia Kamehameha Liliuokalani was a beloved leader during her short royal stint. She became queen in 1891 upon the death of her brother King David Kalakaua.
Government ministers demanded that Liliuokalani immediately sign an oath to uphold the constitution that had been previously forced upon her brother. It pretty much made her queen in name only. She tried unsuccessfully to form a cabinet several times. She drafted a royalist constitution but it went nowhere. Finally, just two years later, pro-American forces overthrew the government and named as president Sanford B. Dole, a name that lives on in infamy and pineapples.
Liliuo — we’ll call her Lydia — petitioned President Grover Cleveland who said the coup was probably illegal and certainly not very nice. But Dole just thumbed his nose at the pronouncement. Eventually, after an attempted uprising for which she was blamed, Lydia was placed under house arrest. During her confinement, she penned Hawaii’s most famous song, “Aloha Oe” (other than Don Ho’s “Tiny Bubbles” perhaps).
Lydia Kamehameha Liliuokalani was pardoned in 1896 and died in 1917 at the age of 79.
Carry a Big Shtick
Vice President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech at the Minnesota State Fair On September 2, 1901 in which he publicly used the phrase with which he would always be associated: Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. Four days later, President William McKinley was shot by an assassin and following his death eight days later, Roosevelt became President.
“My father always wanted to be the center of attention. When he went to a wedding, he wanted to be the bridegroom. When he went to a funeral, he wanted to be the corpse.” — Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Inspirational Quote for 9/2/16