• Scottish Shipmaster
  • Scottish Immigrant to Hawaii
  • Hawaiian Minister of the Interior (1893-1899)


James Anderson King was a ship's master who became a politician of the Republic of Hawaii.

James Wilder King was born 4 December 1832 in Scotland, United Kingdom to Daniel King (1800-) and Helen Anderson (1805-) and died 16 October 1899 Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States of unspecified causes. He married Charlotte Holmes Davis (1852-1915) 1882 in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States.

Scottish Shipmaster

James Anderson King was born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland in December 4, 1832. He arrived in the Kingdom of Hawaii during the 1860s, just after the American Civil War, and worked as ship's master on merchant vessels. He sailed the Kona Packet on trading voyages to Alaska, Kamchatka, and Japan. When Samuel Gardner Wilder arranged to buy the steamship Likelike, King was put in charge. As Wilder grew his fleet, Captain King was made superintendent of all shipping operations.

Hawaii Politician

After the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, King was made minister of the interior for the Provisional Government of Hawaii on January 17, 1893. He also served as minister of Interior of the Republic of Hawaii until his death.[4] On June 3, 1896 he acted as minister of finance until the end of the month when he was replaced by Henry E. Cooper.

King died October 16, 1899, while trying to teach a six-year-old son how to swim in the ocean. He had an elaborate state funeral at ʻIolani Palace (then known as the executive building) with burial at Oahu Cemetery with Masonic rituals of Freemasonry on October 23, 1899.

Marriage and Family

He married Charlotte Holmes Davis (1852-1915), daughter of Robert Grimes Davis. She was the great-granddaughter of Oliver Holmes, an early settler and Governor of Oʻahu, who had married into Hawaiian nobility. Her uncle William Heath Davis (1822–1909) moved to Alta California in the 1830s.

  1. William Heath Davis King (1883-1955)
  2. Samuel Wilder King (1886-1959) - 11th Territorial Governor of Hawaii (1953-1957).
  3. Daniel Herman King (1890-1939)
  4. Robert Davis King (1892-1954)
  5. Helen Harriet King (1893-)


Offspring of James Wilder King and Charlotte Holmes Davis (1852-1915)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Heath Davis King (1883-1955)
Samuel Wilder King (1886-1959) 17 December 1886 Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 24 March 1959 Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States Pauline Nawahineokala'i Evans (1888-1977)
Daniel Herman King (1890-1939)
Robert Davis King (1892-1954)
Helen Harriet King (1893-)




Footnotes (including sources)



Government offices
Preceded by
John F. Colburn
Republic of Hawaii Minister of Interior
1893 – 1899
Succeeded by
Alexander Young
Preceded by
Samuel M. Damon
Acting Republic of Hawaii Minister of Finance
June 1896
Succeeded by
Henry E. Cooper

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