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Administrators and Governors of Alaska

 

Some believe the first American administrator of Alaska was Polish immigrant Włodzimierz Krzyżanowski. However, the Anchorage Daily News was unable to find any conclusive information to support this claim

Commander Took office Left office
United States Army
Col. Jefferson C. Davis October 18, 1867 August 31, 1870
Capt. George K. Brady September 1, 1870 September 22, 1870
Maj. John C. Tidball September 23, 1870 September 19, 1871
Maj. Harvey A. Allen September 20, 1871 January 3, 1873
Maj. Joseph Stewart January 4, 1873 April 20, 1874
Capt. George R. Rodney April 21, 1874 August 16, 1874
Capt. Joseph B. Campbell August 17, 1874 June 14, 1876
Maj. John Mendenhall June 15, 1876 March 4, 1877
Capt. Arthur Morris March 5, 1877 June 14, 1877
United States Department of the Treasury
Montgomery P. Berry June 14, 1877 August 13, 1877
H.C. DeAhna August 14, 1877 March 26, 1878
Mottrom D. Ball March 27, 1878 June 13, 1879
United States Navy
Capt. Lester A. Beardslee June 14, 1879 September 12, 1880
Cmdr Henry Glass September 13, 1880 August 9, 1881
Cmdr. Edward P. Lull August 10, 1881 October 18, 1881
Cmdr. Henry Glass October 19, 1881 March 12, 1882
Cmdr. Frederick Pearson March 13, 1882 October 3, 1882
Cmdr. Edgar C. Merriman October 4, 1882 September 13, 1883
Cmdr. Joseph Coghlan September 15, 1883 September 13, 1884
Lt. Cmdr. Henry E. Nichols September 14, 1884 September 15, 1884

Governors of the District of Alaska

On May 17, 1884, the Department of Alaska was redesignated the District of Alaska, an incorporated but unorganized territory with a civil government. The governor was appointed by the President of the United States.

Governor Took office Left office Appointed by
John Henry Kinkead July 4, 1884 May 7, 1885 Chester A. Arthur
Alfred P. Swineford May 7, 1885 April 20, 1889 Grover Cleveland
Lyman Enos Knapp April 20, 1889 June 18, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
James Sheakley June 18, 1893 June 23, 1897 Grover Cleveland
John Green Brady June 23, 1897 March 2, 1906 William McKinley
Wilford Bacon Hoggatt March 10, 1906 May 20, 1909 Theodore Roosevelt
Walter Eli Clark May 20, 1909 April 18, 1913 William Howard Taft

Governors of the Territory of Alaska

The District of Alaska was organized into Alaska Territory on August 24, 1912. Governors continued to be appointed by the President of the United States. During World War II, parts of the Aleutian Islands were occupied by Imperial Japan from June 5, 1942, to June 28, 1943.

Governor Took office Left office Appointed by
John Franklin Alexander Strong April 18, 1913 April 12, 1918 Woodrow Wilson
Thomas Riggs, Jr. April 12, 1918 June 16, 1921 Woodrow Wilson
Scott Cordelle Bone June 16, 1921 August 16, 1925 Warren G. Harding
George Alexander Parks August 16, 1925 April 19, 1933 Calvin Coolidge
John Weir Troy April 19, 1933 December 6, 1939 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ernest Gruening December 6, 1939 April 10, 1953 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
B. Frank Heintzleman April 10, 1953 January 3, 1957 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Waino Edward Hendrickson January 3, 1957 April 8, 1957 Acting
Mike Stepovich April 8, 1957 August 9, 1958 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Waino Edward Hendrickson August 9, 1958 January 3, 1959 Acting

Governors of the State of Alaska

Alaska was admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959.

The state constitution provides for the election of a governor and lieutenant governor every four years on the same ticket, with their terms commencing on the first Monday in the December following the election. Governors are allowed to succeed themselves once, having to wait four years after their second term in a row before being allowed to run again.  Should the office of governor become vacant, the lieutenant governor assumes the title of governor. The original constitution of 1956 created the office of secretary of state, which was functionally identical to a lieutenant governor, and was renamed to "lieutenant governor" in 1970.

There have been six governors from the Republican Party, five from the Democratic Party, and one, Wally Hickel, who was elected under the Alaskan Independence Party during his second period in office. Many Republicans were unhappy with the choice of Arliss Sturgulewski as their party's candidate for governor in the 1990 election, and Hickel was able to attract their votes. However, he never held the AIP's secessionist ideals, and switched back to the Republican Party eight months before his term ended.

 
# Governor Term start Term end Party Lieutenant Governor
1   William Allen Egan January 3, 1959 December 5, 1966 Democratic   Hugh Wade
2   Wally Hickel December 5, 1966 January 29, 1969 Republican   Keith Harvey Miller
3   Keith Harvey Miller January 29, 1969 December 7, 1970 Republican   Robert W. Ward
1   William Allen Egan December 7, 1970 December 2, 1974 Democratic   H. A. Boucher
4   Jay Hammond December 2, 1974 December 6, 1982 Republican   Lowell Thomas, Jr.
  Terry Miller
5   Bill Sheffield December 6, 1982 December 1, 1986 Democratic   Stephen McAlpine
6   Steve Cowper December 1, 1986 December 3, 1990 Democratic   Stephen McAlpine
2   Wally Hickel December 3, 1990 December 5, 1994 Alaskan Independence   Jack Coghill
  Republican
7   Tony Knowles December 5, 1994 December 2, 2002 Democratic   Fran Ulmer
8   Frank Murkowski December 2, 2002 December 4, 2006 Republican   Loren Leman
9   Sarah Palin December 4, 2006 July 26, 2009 Republican   Sean Parnell
10   Sean Parnell July 26, 2009 December 1, 2014 Republican   Craig Campbell
  Mead Treadwell
11   Bill Walker December 1, 2014 Incumbent Independent   Byron Mallott

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