Creating Alaska

Alaska's Government Officials Since 1790

Governors of the State of Alaska

  • Bill Egan 1959-66, 1970-74
  • Walter Hickel 1966-69, 1990-94
  • Keith Miller 1969-70
  • Jay Hammond 1974-82
  • William Sheffield 1982-86
  • Steve Cowper 1986-90
  • Tony Knowles 1994-02
  • Frank Murkowski 2002-Present
Alaska's Congressional Representatives
Alaska's Senators
Alaska's Delegates to Congress
Governors of Russian America
Executive Officers of the District of Alaska
Governors of the Territory of Alaska
  • Alexsandr 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
  • Brevet Maj. Gen. Jefferson C. Davis 1867-69
  • Capt. W.H. Dennison 1868-69
  • Capt. G.K. Brady 1868-70
  • Maj. J.C. Tidball 1870-77

In 1877, the US Army withdrew its troops from Alaska, leaving the Customs Collector in Sitka as the only federal official still located in Alaska.

  • M.C. Berry 1877-79

In 1879, the US Navy assumed control of Alaska.

  • Capt. George Brown 1879
  • Capt. L.A. Beardslee 1879-80
  • Commander Henry Glass 1880-81
  • Commander Edward P. Lull 1881-82
  • Commander Frederick Pearson 1882
  • Commander Edgar C. Merriman 1882-84
  • Commander Albert G. Caldwell 1884
  • Lt. Commander Henry E. Nichols 1884

In 1884, the US Congress passed Alaska's First Organic Act, which organized Alaska into a territory. There was no elected legislature, and the Governor was appointed by the US President.

  • John Henry Kinkead 1884
  • Alfred P. Swineford 1885-89
  • Lyman Eros Knapp 1889-93
  • James Sheakley 1893-97
  • John Green Brady 1897-1906
  • Wilford Bacon Hoggart 1906-09
  • Walter Eli Clark 1909-13

In 1912, the US Congress passed the Second Organic Act, which gave Alaska an elected territorial legislature. The US President continued to appoint the Governor of Alaska

  • John Franklin Alexander Strong 1913-18
  • Thomas Riggs 1918-21
  • Scott Cordelle Bone 1921-25
  • George Alexander Parks 1925-33
  • John Weir Troy 1933-39
  • Ernest Gruening 1939-53
  • B. Frank Heintzleman 1953-57
  • Michael Anthony Stepovich 1957-58