Victoria Ka’iulani Cleghorn, Crown Princess of the Kingdom of Hawai’i
Born in Hawai’i on October 16, 1817, Princess Ka’iulani as she is best known was brilliant and a bombshell. This Hawaiin-Scottish princess studied Latin, English, French, German, Math, History, and Literature. Described in an article in the New York Times as “tall and slender […] Her manner is affable, and she speaks with frankness,” she was well-loved by everyone she met. She was studying in England when the Hawai’in monarchy was overthrown by the United States. She traveled to the US where she charmed the press with her beauty and unexpected intelligence. She even met President Cleveland and made quite an impression on him, although unfortunately he was ultimately unable to help her save her beloved Hawai’i from annexation.
She returned to Hawai’i in 1897, only to die two years later at the age of 23.
“Four years ago, at the request of Mr. Thurston, then a Hawaiian Cabinet Minister, I was sent away to England to be educated privately and fitted to the position which by the constitution of Hawaii I was to inherit. For all these years, I have patiently and in exile striven to fit myself for my return this year to my native country. I am now told that Mr. Thurston will be in Washington asking you to take away my flag and my throne. No one tells me even this officially. Have I done anything wrong that this wrong should be done to me and my people? I am coming to Washington to plead for my throne, my nation and my flag. Will not the great American people hear me?”
Beautiful, brilliant, and dedicated to her beloved country and people. How could anyone not have a crush on her?