Creating Alaska

Wayne Aspinall

US House of Representatives (1949-73)

State Legislator - Colorado

Role in Statehood Struggle
  • Public advocate for Alaska statehood
  • Chairman of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee (responsible for reporting legislation dealing with Alaska Statehood)
  • Floor sponsor of Alaska Statehood Act
Personal Information

Name Wayne Norviel Aspinall
Farmer, Lawyer
April 3, 1896 - Middleburg, Ohio
October 9, 1983 - Palisade, Colorado    

Quotes on Alaska Statehood:

"The inhabitants of the proposed new State of Alaska are imbued with and sympathetic towards the principles of democracy as exemplified in the American form of government. A majority of the electorate wish statehood. The proposed new State of Alaska has sufficient population and resources to support State government and at the same time carry its share of the cost of the Federal Government. Alaska is ready and qualified for statehood now."

-Report of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee of the US Congress (chaired by Representative Aspinall) following a fact-finding mission to Alaska. The report, filed as part of the Alaska Statehood Act, was made public on June 25, 1957.

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Honors Received:

  • Honorary Doctorate - University of Alaska, 1962
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