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Upstate New York marker honors Charles Reed Bishop

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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. >> New York’s newest roadside historic marker honors an upstate native who grew up in the Adirondacks and went on to become a prominent figure in Hawaii during the 19th century.

The Saratogian reports a blue-and-gold historical marker was recently erected along Route 9 in Lake George at the site of Charles Reed Bishop’s childhood home. He was born in 1822 in nearby Glens Falls and spent his early years in the Adirondacks.

In 1846, he traveled to Hawaii, where Bishop became a lawyer, diplomat, banker and philanthropist. He married into the Hawaiian royal family and advised a succession of kings of the islands.

Bishop died in 1915 in California.

The historic marker was unveiled with the help of a Polynesian dance troupe performing at a Lake George resort.

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