Title: Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT
Author: Edmund West, comp.
Note: ring the long period of his residence in this country, he was ever engaged in some active service for the promotion of public welfare. He was a judge and a legislator, but more especially known to this community as an able and worthy newspaper editor. During the long period of his management of this journal, we feel that it will be said by the many who can recall to mind the product of his journalism, that whilst he wrote instructively and in every way calculated to interest his readers, yet he never left any record of acrimonious discussion or of injurious personality. Mr. Sheldon is usually credited with the authorship of the famous plebiscitum which prepared the way for the election and accession to the throne of the late King Lunalilo. The authorship of the famous document is claimed for one or two other parties and it is probable that they had a share in the discussion which led to the production, but Mr. Sheldon had the principal share. �Mr. Sheldon, during his long career as journalist and public servant in various capacities, had accumulated a great stock of knowledge appertaining to the history of the country, and during the last year of his life had been actively engaged in the preparation and publication of a series Reminiscences of interest to the future historian. �During several sessions of the legislature he held the responsible post of translator, and he was recognized by natives as well as foreigners to be the best translator of English into Hawaiian in the Kingdom. �1877-05-19 Pacific Commercial Advertiser Page: 2 (3-4), Editor Sheldon describes Nawiliwili, a few houses and Chinese store, wooden pier with ladder to climb up from boat; horseback to Kapaa and Kealia via Wailua Rover crossed in a scow ferry run by a German, Capt. Hans, and his Hawaiian wife. Fee for crossing is 6� cents. Describes Kapaa and Kealia. �The Honolulu Times (1849-1851) published by Henry L. Sheldon, originally of Rhode Island, opposed the influence of American Protestants, as did the earlier English language newspapers supported by the business community. After the Honolulu Times ceased publication, Abraham Fornander, who had written for Sheldon, published the Weekly Argus (1851-53). Fornander's objective was to provide in the Weekly Argus a voice against the government's Polynesian. From 1853 to 1855 it was published as the New Era and Weekly Argus. � Helen Chapin, Shaping History: The Role of Newspapers in Hawai`i. Honolulu: University of Hawai�i Press, 1996, 19-52 for a discussion of early English language newspapers, their publishers, and positions. � A new editor took over The [Pacific Commercial] Advertiser; Henry Sheldon, a veteran newspaperman who had come from California to start a weekly in Honolulu in the 1850s. It failed. He married a Hawaiian woman, ran for the legislature and became a kama'aina. Next to Whitney, Sheldon was probably Hawai'i's most competent journalist. Sheldon filled the newspaper mostly with local news of which there was plenty as the last two Kamehameha kings died. During the 10 years that Sheldon edited The Advertiser, he apparently struggled with the conflict between an editorial policy agreeable to sugar planters and his own empathy for the monarchy and Hawaiians in general. Sheldon tried to encourage more Hawaiians to run for political office.
Note: [Obit in Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 1883-11-19] By the demise of Mr. Sheldon the community has lost another of its old-time citizens. The subject of our remarks came here in 1846, in the sch. Kamehameha III, Capt. Newell, 37 years ago, and du
Note: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
Note: or 16 Aug 1883.
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