Monday, August 17, 2015

Henry Martyn Whitney

Henry Martyn Whitney Henry Martyn Whitney was born at Waimea, Kauai, son of the Rev. Samuel and Mercy Whitney, members of the Pioneer Company of missionaries that arrived in Honolulu on the brig Thaddeus in 1820. (His sister, Maria, was the first white girl born in the Hawaiian Islands.) Hawaiʻi opened a post office in Honolulu and Whitney was appointed Postmaster of Honolulu (1850;) he conceived and produced Hawaiʻi’s first stamps, issued in 1851 (the stamps are now called ‘Hawaiian Missionaries.’) He started the Pacific Commercial Advertiser (forerunner of Honolulu Advertiser – first issue July 2, 1856.)

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