Senator Hiram Bingham

Hiram Bingham (1875 - 1956) was a United States Senator representing Connecticut. He worked to prevent Congress, angered by the situation in Hawaii, from passing legislation giving Congress more control over the Territory of Hawaii. Prior to serving in Congress, Bingham was an archaeologist, explorer, and scholar. As a lecturer at Yale he was credited with rediscovering the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu in 1911. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-37008