Creating Alaska

B. Frank Heintzleman

Territorial Governor of Alaska

Member, Alaska Statehood Committee

Role in Statehood Struggle
  • Widely considered a lukewarm supporter of statehood, Heintzleman successfully swayed national Republican leaders to support Alaska's admission to the Union
  • Proposed the widely derided "partition plan," which would have created the State of Alaska from Southeast, Southcentral and Interior Alaska, while leaving Western and Arctic Alaska as a territory.
  • Signed the bill establishing the Alaska Constitutional Convention
Personal Information

Name Benjamin Franklin Heintzleman
City Juneau
Occupation Forester
Born December 3, 1888 - Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
Died June 24, 1963 - Juneau, Alaska
Alaska Resident 1918-63


  • Superior Service Award - US Dept. of Agriculture
  • Sir William Schlich Award - American Society of Foresters
  • Juneau's "Man of the Year" - 1959
  • "Outstanding Alaskan" - State Chamber of Commerce
Further Information

Selected Newspaper Articles  

For more newspaper articles, visit the Statehood Newspaper Archive

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