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  Kazuhisa Abe (1914-1996) — of Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii County, Hawaii; Kaneohe, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in Pepeekeo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii County, Hawaii, January 18, 1914. Democrat. Lawyer; district judge in Hawaii, 1940-44; member of Hawaii territorial senate, 1952-59; member of Hawaii state senate, 1960-66; justice of Hawaii state supreme court, 1967-74; appointed 1967. Buddhist. Japanese ancestry. Suffered a fall in his home, caused by a stroke, and died soon after, in Hilo Medical Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii County, Hawaii, May 18, 1996 (age 82 years, 121 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Manshiro Abe and Matsuyo (Fujiwara) Abe; married, December 9, 1939, to Haruko Murakami.
  Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr. (b. 1938) — also known as Edmund G. Brown, Jr.; Jerry Brown; "Governor Moonbeam" — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in San Francisco, Calif., April 7, 1938. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1968; secretary of state of California, 1971-75; Governor of California, 1975-83, 2011-; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1976, 1980, 1992; candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1982; California Democratic state chair, 1989-91; mayor of Oakland, Calif., 1999-2007; California state attorney general, 2007-10. Catholic; later Buddhist. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Son of Edmund Gerald Brown, Sr. and Bernice (Layne) Brown; brother of Kathleen Brown (1946?-); married, June 18, 2005, to Anne Gust; nephew of Harold C. Brown.
  Political family: Brown family of California.
  Cross-reference: Gray Davis
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by Jerry Brown: The Jerry Brown Reader (2004)
  Cora L. E. Christian — also known as Cora Christian — of St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Physician; Independent candidate for Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 2002. Female. Buddhist. African ancestry. Member, American Medical Association. Still living as of 2003.
Abdul Hamid Sufi Abdul Hamid (1903-1938) — also known as Abdul Hamid; Eugene Brown; "The Black Hitler"; "The Harlem Hitler"; "Bishop Amiru-Al-Mu-Minim Sufi Abdul Hamid" — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., January 6, 1903. Self-styled cleric; labor leader; claimed to be from Egypt or Sudan; wore a turban and a green velvet cloak with gold braid; led picketing of stores in Harlem whose proprietors refused to hire African-American employees; conducted street rallies in Harlem where he denounced Jews; said he was "the only one fit to carry on the war against the Jews"; Americo-Spanish candidate for New York state assembly from New York County 17th District, 1933; arrested in october 1934; tried and found guilty on misdemeanor charges of making a public speech without a permit, and selling books without a license, and sentenced to ten days in jail; later suspected of inciting the 1935 riot in Harlem, which led to injunctions against his activities; in January 1938, his estranged wife, Stephanie St. Clair, ambushed him outside his house, and shot at him five times, but he was not seriously hurt; founded the Buddhist Universal Holy Temple of Tranquility. Buddhist or Muslim. African ancestry. Killed, along with his pilot, when his Cessna J-5 airplane ran out of fuel and crashed near Wantagh, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., July 30, 1938 (age 35 years, 205 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: New York Times, August 1, 1938
  Mazie K. Hirono (b. 1947) — of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in Fukushima, Japan, November 3, 1947. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Hawaii state house of representatives, 1981-94; Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, 1994-2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1996, 2000, 2008; candidate for Governor of Hawaii, 2002; U.S. Representative from Hawaii 2nd District, 2007-. Female. Buddhist. Japanese ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married to Leighton Kim Oshima.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Henry C. Johnson, Jr. (b. 1954) — also known as Hank Johnson — of Lithonia, DeKalb County, Ga. Born in Washington, D.C., October 2, 1954. Democrat. Lawyer; DeKalb County Commissioner, 2001-06; U.S. Representative from Georgia 4th District, 2007-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008. Buddhist. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Shiro Kashiwa (1912-1998) — of Hawaii. Born in Kohala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii County, Hawaii, October 24, 1912. Republican. Lawyer; Hawaii state attorney general, 1959-63; Judge of U.S. Court of Claims, 1972-82; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1982-86. Buddhist. Japanese ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Phi Kappa Phi. Died in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, March 13, 1998 (age 85 years, 140 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
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