The Election Riot of 1874

Ever felt so angry about an outcome of an election that you beat up his supporters?

In 1874, when Queen Dowager Emma Rooke Kamehameha lost the election to rule Hawaii to David Kalakaua, her supporters rioted, rushing into the courthouse and beating the legislators who voted for Kalakaua with clubs.
The riot spread through Honolulu, and the government had to ask the British and American marines in Honolulu Harbor to suppress the unrest.
While pro-British Emma was popular with the people, pro-American Kalakaua was popular with the legislators. Unlike the last election in which the people voted for William Charles Lunalilo, this election was voted by the legislators instead.
Read more about the riots in the news articles below.
– Alice Kim
Articles from Chronicling America

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

“Monthly Summary”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, March 7, 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

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


One Comment on “The Election Riot of 1874”

  1. […] in Honolulu. She would marry King Kamehameha IV, give birth to Prince Albert Edward Kamehameha, and run for Queen of Hawaii. Read more about Emma Rooke in this topic […]

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