John Rollin Desha
John Rollin Desha (commonly known as ‘Jack’) was born at Nāpoʻopoʻo, South Kona, Hawaiʻi to Senator and Reverend Stephen Langhern Desha Sr and Mary Kaʻalopua (Kekumano) - a descendant of the Desha family of Kentucky. He graduated from the Kamehameha Manual Training School in 1903 and Oʻahu College (Punahou) in 1906.
Desha received his BA degree at Harvard University in 1912; at Harvard Desha was prominent in athletics, being a member of the baseball team from 1911 to 1912. He later attended the George Washington Law School. Desha began his career as secretary to Prince Jonah Kūhio Kalanianaʻole. In 1921, he was appointed judge of the Circuit Court.