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Alaska Territory's at-large congressional district

Alaska Territory, 1912–1959

Alaska Territory's at-large congressional district is an obsolete congressional district created in 1906 to represent the District of Alaska, which was reorganized into the Alaska Territory in 1912. After Alaska's admission to the Union as the 49th state by act of Congress on January 3, 1959, this district evolved into Alaska's at-large congressional district.

List of members representing the districtEdit

In the years following the Alaska Purchase, Alaskans held a series of political conventions focused on sending an representative to the U.S. Congress. The purpose was to lobby mainly for representation in the body, in similar fashion to the later application of the Tennessee Act to lobby for Alaskan statehood, but also for greater autonomy for Alaska. The first convention, held in 1881, saw a non-partisan group send a Democrat (M. D. Ball) to Washington, who worked with a Republican senator (Benjamin Harrison) to craft the organic act which created the District of Alaska. Ball and several subsequent individuals were unable to convince Congress to grant the District a delegate, however. Events changed as the population of Alaska increased around the turn of the 20th century, mainly on account of immigration due to gold rushes.

On May 7, 1906, an act of Congress gave the District of Alaska the authority to elect a Congressional delegate.[1][2][3] On August 24, 1912, the District of Alaska was reorganized into an organized incorporated territory and continued to elect delegates until Alaska became a state in 1959.[1]

Delegate Party Years Cong
ress
District home Electoral history
 
Frank Hinman Waskey
Democratic December 3, 1906 –
March 3, 1907
59th Nome elected on a nonpartisan ticket[4]
 
Thomas Cale
Independent March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
60th Fairbanks [Data unknown/missing.]
 
James Wickersham
Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1917
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
Fairbanks [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Charles August Sulzer
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
January 7, 1919
65th Prince of Wales Island Elected in 1916.
Lost election contest.
 
James Wickersham
Republican January 7, 1919 –
March 3, 1919
Fairbanks Won election contest.
Lost re-election.
 
Charles August Sulzer
Democratic March 4, 1919 –
April 28, 1919
66th Prince of Wales Island Re-elected in 1918.
Died.
Vacant April 28, 1919 –
June 3, 1920
 
George Barnes Grigsby
Democratic June 3, 1920 –
March 1, 1921
Juneau Elected to finish Sulzer's term.
Lost election contest.
 
James Wickersham
Republican March 1, 1921 –
March 3, 1921
Fairbanks Won election contest.
Retired.
 
Daniel Sutherland
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1931
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
Juneau [Data unknown/missing.]
 
James Wickersham
Republican March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd Juneau [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Anthony Dimond
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1945
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
Valdez [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Bob Bartlett
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1959
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
Juneau [Data unknown/missing.]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "A history of Alaska's primary elections". Alaska Division of Elections. September 2000. Retrieved April 28, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". United States Congress. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "House History". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "Alaskan Delegate Here: Frank H. Waskey Pleases by Good Looks and Modest Ways". The Washington Post. October 29, 1906. p. 7.

Coordinates: 64°N 153°W / 64°N 153°W / 64; -153