LUNALILO, WILLIAM C., KING.
CDV PORTRAIT SIGNED AS KING.
Albumen print carte-de-visite photograph, Signed ("William C. Lunalilo"), and dated March 13, "M. Dickson, Honolulu" printed on verso, 1873, being a head and shoulders portrait, faint spotting, else fine.
"The People's King," Lunalilo had the shortest reign and was the most liberal of all the Hawiian monarchs. He was crowned on January 8, 1873 after the death of his cousin King Kamehameha V and after easily winning an unofficial popular vote before being officially voted in by the Legislature. He strove to make Hawaiian government more democratic and change the 1864 Constitution, but he succumbed to tuberculosis on February 3rd of the following year, before he could make lasting changes.