Hiram Bingham Jr.

1831-1908. Congregational missionary to Micronesia. Born of missionary parents in Honolulu, he received most of his education in the USA, in keeping with missionary policy. After serving briefly as principal of Northampton (Massachusetts) High School, the American Board in 1856 sent him out as a missionary. He opened work in the Gilbert Islands, reduced the language to writing, and in 1860 published the first Bible portion in Gilbertese. By 1890 he had finished translating the whole Bible. For two years he commanded the missionary brig Morning Star that maintained contact between the widely scattered islands. For three years he was corresponding secretary of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association, which sponsored Hawaiian missionary activity. From 1880 to 1882 he was Hawaiian government protector of South Sea immigrants.