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A tribute to Hiram Fong

 •  Hiram Fong dead at 97

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Hiram Leong Fong, the first Asian-American elected to the U.S. Senate, died at St. Francis Medical Center. See story.

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Former U.S. Sen. Hiram Leong Fong — lawyer, entrepreneur, tycoon and statesman under five American presidents from Eisenhower to Ford — died at the age of 97 after an epic life rich in fortune and drama.

Fong was a Republican who won the hearts and votes of Democratic-dominated Hawai'i to become America's first Asian-American U.S. senator; a father of four whose final years became entangled in a hurtful legal feud with his youngest son; a self-made millionaire several times over who watched his financial empire collapse into bankruptcy.

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