Alaska Territory

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The District of Alaska in 1911, one year prior to the creation of the Alaska Territory

The Alaska Territory (English: Alaska Territory ) was a federal territory belonging to the United States of America from 1912 to 1959 . It emerged from the District of Alaska and became the US state of Alaska in 1959 .

After Alaska was under the jurisdiction of various US institutions such as the Treasury from 1867 to 1884 as a Department and had its own government as a District from 1884 to 1912, calls for a seat in the United States Congress became loud. This was given in on August 24, 1912 with the establishment of the Alaska Territory, an area under the government of the US federal government without the status of a state. With the Second Organic Act of 1912, the name was changed from District to Territory .

The Battle of the Aleutians in World War II marked the first invasion of American soil since the Anglo-American War of 1812 . The strategic military importance of Alaska and the wealth of natural resources promoted efforts to recognize Alaska as a state. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act on July 7, 1958 , which opened the way for admission to the Union on January 3, 1959. Juneau , the capital of the territory, also became the capital of the new state.

Alaska Territory Governors

Surname Term of office
Walter Eli Clark 1912-1913
John Franklin Alexander Strong 1913-1918
Thomas Riggs junior 1918-1921
Scott Cordelle Bone 1921-1925
George Alexander Parks 1925-1933
John Weir Troy 1933-1939
Surname Term of office
Ernest Henry Gruening 1939-1953
Benjamin Franklin Heintzleman 1953-1957
Waino Edward Hendrickson 1957
Michael Anthony Stepovich 1957-1958
Waino Edward Hendrickson 1958-1959

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Web links

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