Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
FARRINGTON, Mary Elizabeth Pruett (1898-1984)

FARRINGTON, MARY ELIZABETH PRUETT, (wife of Joseph Rider Farrington), a Delegate from the Territory of Hawaii; born in Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 1898; attended Tokyo Foreign School and grammar schools of Nashville, Tenn., El Paso, Tex., Los Angeles, Calif., and Hollywood (Calif.) High School; graduated from Ward-Belmont Junior College, Nashville, Tenn., in 1916 and from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1918; graduate work at the University of Hawaii; newspaper correspondent 1918-1957; president of League of Republican Women in Washington, D.C., 1946-1948; president of National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs 1949-1953; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1952; elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Eighty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Joseph Rider Farrington; reelected to the Eighty-fourth Congress and served from July 31, 1954, to January 3, 1957; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; publisher, president and director, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 1946-1963; director and chairman, Honolulu Lithograph Company, Ltd., 1945-1963; president, Hawaiian Broadcasting System, Ltd., 1960-1963; director, Office of Territories, Department of the Interior, District of Columbia, 1969; was a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii until her death there July 21, 1984; ashes interred at Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hawaii Public Archives
Honolulu, HI
Papers: 1942-1956. 80 feet.
Combined files with Joseph Farrington as Territorial Delegates to the U.S. Congress.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress.
Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.


University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Hawaiian Collection
Manoa, HI
Oral History: In the John A. Burns Oral History Project, 1976, 2 sound cassettes.
An interview with Elizabeth Farrington, recorded May 26, 1976, in Phase I of the John A. Burns Oral History Project ; Alf Pratte, interviewer. In the interview, Elizabeth Farrington discusses the careers of her father-in-law Wallace Rider Farrington, Hawaii territorial governor, and of her husband Joseph Farrington, and herself, both Congressional delegates; describes the role played by the Farringtons and their newspaper in the statehood movement.

  • "Mary E. 'Betty' Farrington"" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.
  • Whitehead, John S. Completing the Union: Alaska, Hawaii, and the Battle for Statehood. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.