The Election Riot of 1874

Ever felt so angry about a political candidate losing that you beat up his supporters?

In 1874, when Queen Dowager Emma lost the election to rule Hawaii to Kalakaua, her supporters rioted, rushing into the courthouse and beating the legislators who voted for Kalakaua with clubs. The riot spread through Honolulu and was so bad that the Hawaiian government asked the British and American marines in Honolulu Harbor to suppress the unrest.
Read more about the riots in the news articles below.
Articles from Chronicling America

“Riot of the Queenites”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., February 14, 1874, Image 3

“Monthly Summary”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., March 07, 1874, Image 3

“This past month has been a period of unusual political excitement…”
The Hawaiian gazette., March 11, 1874, Image 2

“The Riot at Honolulu”
New-York tribune., March 28, 1874, Page 3, Image 3

“A Trial for Treason”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., October 10, 1874, Image 3


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