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The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Wilcox, Robert William

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WILCOX, Robert William, American legislator: b. Kuhulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, 15 Feb. 1855; d. Honolulu, Hawaii, 24 Oct. 1903. He was educated in Hawaii and at the Royal Military Academy, Turin, Italy. He was a member of the native legislature, led the revolution to restore the old constitution in 1889, and in 1895 again commanded a revolution, on this occasion for the purpose of restoring Queen Liliuokalani to the throne. He was captured and sentenced to death, but through the mediation of the United States Congress the sentence was commuted to 35 years' imprisonment and $10,000 fine. He was pardoned, conditionally in 1896, and fully in 1898, by Governor Dole. He was elected a delegate to the United States Congress in 1901 and served one term.