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Encyclopedia > Governor of Alaska

This is a list of the governors of the U.S. state of Alaska, of Alaska Territory and of the District of Alaska, and the military commanders of the District of Alaska. Also listed are the governors of Russian America.


Russian America (1790-1867)

  • Aleksandr Andreevich Baranof 1790-1818
  • Leonti Andreanovich Hagemeister 1818
  • Semen Ivanovich Yanovski 1818-20
  • Matvei I. Muraviev 1820-25
  • Peter Egorovich Chistiakov 1825-30
  • Baron F.P. Wrangell 1830-35
  • Ivan Antonovich Kupreanov 1835-40
  • Adolph Karlovich Etolin 1840-45
  • Michael D. Tebenkov 1845-50
  • Nikolai Y. Rosenberg 1850-53
  • Alexsandr Ilich Rudakov 1853-54
  • Stephen Vasili Voevodski 1854-59
  • Ivan V. Furnhelm 1859-63
  • Prince Dmitri Maksutov 1863-67

War Department (1867-1877)

  • Brevet Major General Jefferson C. Davis 1867-1870
  • Brevet Lieutenant Colonel George K. Brady 1870
  • Major John C. Tidball 1870-1871
  • Major Harvey A. Allen 1871-1872
  • Major Joseph Steward 1872-1874
  • Captain George B. Rodney 1874
  • Captain Joseph B. Campbell 1874-1876
  • Captain John Mendenhall 1876-1877
  • Captain Arthur Morris 1877

Treasury Department (1877-1884)

  • Commander Lester A. Beardslee 1879-1881
  • Commander Henry Glass 1881
  • Lieutenant Commander Edward P. Lull 1881-1882
  • Commander Henry Glass 1881-1882
  • Commander Frederick Pearson 1882
  • Commander Edgar C. Merriman 1882-1883
  • Commander Joseph B. Coghlan 1883-1884
  • Commander Albert G. Caldwell
  • Lieutenant Commander Henry E. Nichols 1884

District Governors

Governor Party Term
John Henry Kinkead Republican 1884-1885
Alfred P. Swineford Democrat 1885-1889
Lyman Enos Knapp Republican 1889-1893
James Sheakley Democrat 1893-1897
John Green Brady 1897-1906
Wilford Bacon Hoggatt Republican 1906-1909
Walter Eli Clark Republican 1909-1912

Territorial Governors

1 Buckner was the military commander of Alaska during most of World War II.

State Governors

Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959. The four-year term of governor begins and ends on the first Monday of December.

Governor Party Term
William A. Egan Democrat 1959-1966
Walter J. Hickel1 Republican 1966-1969
Keith H. Miller Republican 1969-1970
William A. Egan Democrat 1970-1974
Jay S. Hammond Republican 1974-1982
William J. Sheffield Democrat 1982-1986
Steve C. Cowper Democrat 1986-1990
Walter J. Hickel2 AIP, then Republican 1990-1994
Tony Knowles Democrat 1994-2002
Frank H. Murkowski Republican 2002-present

1 Resigned as Governor to become Secretary of the Interior on January 29, 1969.

2 Switched to the Republican Party in April 1994.

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