Death of Lorrin Andrews, 1868.

Hon. Lorrin Andrews.

The Honorable Rev. Lorrin Andrews, member of His Majesty’s Privy Council of State, expired at his residence yesterday, Tuesday the 29th, in the 74th year of his age. He has been confined but little over a week, having been seized with what appeared to be an attack of pleurisy, but which soon became complicated with other symptoms,and made it evident that death would ensue. Last Saturday he fell into a comotose state, which continue up to the extinction of life.

Mr. Andrews was a graduate of Jefferson College, N. Y., and of the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He was ordained and sent out by the A. B. C. F. M. as a missionary to the Hawaiian Islands, leaving Boston, November, 1827, and arriving here in March, 1828. He was stationed at Lahaina, and in 1831 was placed in charge of the Lahainaluna Seminary.

Dissolving his connection with the mission about 1843, he labored independently for two or three years, when he accepted service from the Government at the invitation of His Excellency G. P. Judd, the Minister of Finance.

He came to Honolulu in 1845, and was made Judge in the Court of Oahu, by Gov. Kekuanaoa with the approval of the House of Nobles, and continued connected with the Court, through its organization into Superior and afterwards Supreme Court, until he resigned his lace on the Bench in 1855 to Judge G. M. Robertson.

He was made a member of the Privy Council of State in 1848 and for many years served as its Secretary. For many years also he was regularly chosen Chaplain of the Legislative Assembly. From the date of his resignation as judge an annuity has been regularly appropriated for him by the Assembly.

Mr. Andrews devoted himself also to Hawaiian philology and literature. From his first appearance on these islands, he has been indefatigable in the study and analysis of the language. He is the author of the Hawaiian Grammar, and also of two editions of the Hawaiian Dictionary—the latter edition published three years ago. His latter years have  been devoted to collecting Hawaiian meles and traditions and other materials for a history.

He has passed away in a good old age, and closed his useful life in the serene and confident hope of a fervent and pure Christianity.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 9/30/1868, p. 2)


Hawaiian Gazette, Volume IV, Number 37, Page 2. September 30, 1868.

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