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From the News Archive: Gruening Hits Elective Posts - Anchorage Daily Times - 12-6-55

Former Governor Gruening Addresses Committee on the Executive Branch

Former Territorial Governor Ernest Gruening stands to address the Committee on the Executive Branch during the convention. Prior to statehood, Alaska's governor had been appointed by the President. Gruening was a proponent of the "strong governor" system adopted by the convention. Seated at the table from left to right are Thomas Harris (Valdez), Chairman Victor Rivers (Anchorage), John Boswell (Fairbanks), Frank Barr (Fairbanks), Maynard Londborg (Unalakleet).