USAFamous People of Alaska

Alaska Biographies

Aleksandr Andreyevich (1746 - 1819) A Russian fur trader who became the first governor of Russian America and founded today's Sitka. sometimes spelled Aleksander or Alexandr and Baranof, was born in 1746 in Kargopol, in St. Petersburg Governorate of the Russian Empire. Alexander ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He became a successful merchant in Irkutsk, Siberia. He was lured by the growing fur trade there to Russia America. He became a successful dealer there and established and managed trading posts in the Kodiak Island region. From 1799 to 1818 he became the chief executive of the influential Russian-American company through Nikolai Rezanov's intervention. He directed all the interests of the company in Russia, including the Aleutian Islands and Kuril Islands. Activity in the region flourished as trade in sea otters and seals experienced a boom. Baranov convinced the local hunters to expand their range around the California coast. •
E. L. “Bob” Bartlett (1904 - 1968) Congressman for Alaska, who fought for the statehood of Alaska; grew up in Fairbanks. Edward Lewis "Bob" Bartlett (April 20, 1904 - December 11, 1968) was an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party.

Bartlett was born in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from the University of Alaska in 1925, Bartlett began his career in politics. A reporter for the Fairbanks Daily News until 1933, he took the position of secretary to delegate Anthony Dimond of Alaska. Three years later he became chairman of the Alaska Unemployment Compensation • More Bob Bartlett Books

Mark Begich - (D - AK). Born March 30, 1962). Mark is the junior US senator from Alaska and a member of the Democratic Party. A former mayor of Anchorage, he served at the Anchorage Assembly for ten years before being elected mayor in 2003. In the highly competitive 2008 Alaska Senate election, Begich defeated incumbent Ted Stevens, the senior Republican member of the Senate at that time. Mark Begich Books Benny Benson, national flag at the age of 13 years. Benny was an Indian boy who lived in an Alaskan mission at home, many years before Alaska became a state. One day his teacher told the class about a contest to make a flag for Alaska. That night, the boys and girls of the Mission House made many designs for the flag. A month later, the teacher announced: Children, the flag competition is over. Children from all over Alaska sent designs for the flag. And Benny's design won the competition! Benny's flag is a true story. - This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

For Alaskans, this story of "Benny's Flag" is part of our story. For others, it offers a unique insight into some of the values ??that shape life in the 49th state. Which other place would have a competition for schoolchildren to design the state flag? Benny, who had won the contest, wanted to express his love of Alaska in his design and so he turned to nature for his inspiration. Like the illustrator. The lush and suggestive two-page paintings bring the reader directly into Benny's world while the author narrates the story with simplicity and grace. The warmth of this beautifully illustrated book attracts both adults and children. •

Vitus Jonassen Bering (1681 - 1741) Navigator, who explored Alaska for Russia and discovered that Siberia and North America were separate continents. Vitus Jonassen Bering is an outstanding personality in the history of discovery. In the course of two expeditions, which devoured most of his adult life - and eventually led to his death - he traveled from St. Petersburg to Siberia and finally to the northwest coast of America. Along with the members of his expedition (thousands took part in the second expedition), Bering significantly expanded the Russian Empire, pioneered the geography of the North Pacific and laid the foundations for Russian trade and settlement in the American West. In the first biography of Bering written over a century, Orcutt Frost describes the life of this extraordinary researcher. Based on numerous new evidence - including personal letters and archaeological evidence from the recent discovery of Bering's tomb - the author reconstructs Bering's personality, his dangerous travels, and his uncomfortable relationship with the naturalist Georg Steller, who unobtrusively led the austerity of the expedition as Bering was dying. This biography is a captivating narrative of adventures and catastrophes on the high seas and also makes an important contribution to the history of maritime exploration. • Vitus Jonassen Bering Books
Charles E. Bunnell educator (January 12, 1878 in Dimcock, Pennsylvania – November 1, 1956) was a district judge for the Fourth Judiciary Division of the United States and the first president of the University of Alaska from 1921 to 1949. He ran for Alaska Territorial Delegate (Alaska Territorial Delegate) to Congress on the Democratic Party map in 1914, but was defeated , He was appointed to the District Judiciary by US President Woodrow Wilson on January 15, 1915, and served for seven years as a judge in the US District Court in Fairbanks, Alaska.

On August 11, 1921 Bunnell was appointed president of the newly founded Alaska Agricultural College and the School of Mines, which later became the University of Alaska. He served in this capacity for 27 years, through a large amount of expansion, and the Alaska Constitutional Convention. • Charles E. Bunnell books

Susan Butcher (1956  - ) Susan Butcher was four times champion of the Iditarod Trail sled dog race. Granite was her biggest lead dog, but he did not start that way. He was a shy, shabby puppy the others pushed around, but Susan recognized his potential. Together they worked until he became head of the team. While training for the Iditarod, granite became terminally ill. The vets said he would never be strong enough to run the race. Granit refused to accept that and slowly began to recover. At the time of the race, he was strong enough to start, but Susan wondered if he could finish the entire race over 1000 miles. Confident, Granite led the team into the lead of the race when they were suddenly caught in a raging Arctic blizzard. Now, Susan and the whole team relied on Granite to take her through the storm. He had to muster all his inner strength and courage to save her - if he could. • Susan Butcher Books
Carl Ben Eielson (1897 - 1929) This pilot made the first Alaska airmail flight in 1924. Wings Over Alaska. Edward E. Herron (Author) Eielson, a pioneer North Dakota aviator, became the father of airmail service in Alaska. After developing fame as at Alaska bush pilot, he was engaged by Arctic Explorer, Hubert Wilkins to pilot him. Eielson and Wilkins were the first two individuals to fly over both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

His interest in aviation went back to his childhood. Following America's entry into World War I, Eielson found his chance to become an aviator. Eielson learned to fly in the U.S. Army Air Service in 1917. In January 1918, he enlisted in the newly-prepared aviation section of the U.S.. Army Signal Corps. World War I ended while Eielson was in flight training. Hatton Aero Club starting with barnstorming This is America's immediate need for pilots and friends. • Carl Ben Eielson Books

B. Frank Heintzleman territorial governor December 3, 1888 – June 24, 1963) was an American Republican politician who became the Governor of Alaska Territory from 1953 to 1957. He was born and buried in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, and he died in Juneau, Alaska.• 
Walter J. Hickel Ex-Governor Walter Joseph "Wally" Hickel (born August 18, 1919) is an American Republican and politician of the Alaska Independence Party, who served as the 2nd and 8th Governors of Alaska. His first term as governor was from 1966 to 1969 and ended with Hickels resigning after his confirmation in the position of Interior Minister of the United States in the Cabinet of President Richard Nixon. He then served a full term from 1990 to 1994.

Born in Ellinwood, Kansas, Hickel moved to Alaska in 1940 and entered the local real estate industry. By 1947, Hickel had founded a successful construction company. While some Republicans in the Alaska Territory were against statehood, Hickel joined the Democrats in the late 1940s until the 1950s. With growing popularity among Alaska's Republicans and growing political clout in Washington, Hickel has been able to travel to the US capital to hold talks with key Republicans in both the US Congress and the Eisenhower administration to talk about the statehood of Alaska. Thanks partly to his efforts, Hicke's debates with Congressional leaders led many Republicans to opt for the Alaska Statehood Act in early 1954. • Walter J. Hickel Books

Sheldon Jackson educator and missionary, Minaville, NY (1834–1909) was a Presbyterian missionary who also became a political leader. During this career, he traveled over 1 million miles (1.6 million km) and founded more than 100 missions and churches in the western United States. He is best remembered for his extensive work during the last quarter of the 19th century in the massive, rugged and remote US territory that was to become the 49th state in Alaska in 1959.

Sheldon Jackson was born in 1834 in Minaville, Florida, in Montgomery County, New York. He completed the Union College in 1855 and the Princeton Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church in 1858. He became ordained Presbyterian. At the beginning of his extensive missionary career, Reverend Jackson initially worked in the north-central and western United States, which were still large and sparsely populated areas during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and subsequent years. His work there helped to found dozens of new congregation churches. An area of ??the United States that was even more challenging awaited him. • Sheldon Jackson books

Joe Juneau prospector (1836–1899) was a miner and prospector from Canada who was born in Saint-Paul-l'Ermite, Quebec. He is most famous for co-founding with Richard Harris, City of Juneau, Alaska, United States. The first large gold discovery site in Juneau or Douglas Island (opposite Juneau) was around 1880. Since 1906, it is the political capital of Alaska.

His Indian leader in southeastern Alaska was Chief Kowee. Kowee is credited with having discovered much of the Juneau area. Joe and Richard were sent by Kowee, a Sitka-based entrepreneur, George Pilz. Joe and Richard exchanged most of their food rations for hoochinoo (alcoholic drinks) with the natives. Needless to say, the prospectors have achieved nothing. When they returned empty-handed to Pilz, he immediately sent them back to the Juneau area. There, Kowee took her over the Gold Creek (which is now adjacent to the federal building of the United States) to Silver Bow Basin. Today, a creek on Douglas Island is called Kowee Creek. After the discovery of gold in Juneau, Joe and Richard returned about 1000 pounds of gold ore to Sitka. • Joe Juneau books

Jewel Kilcher (1974  - ) Singer and Musician "There are really no mistakes, be very adventurous and brave in your life, love brave, live brave, be brave - there is really nothing to lose, there is no wrong that you can not make up for, so be friendly to yourself ... There are no limits. "--Jewel Angel Standing By provides an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the fights and achievements of Jewel Kilcher, who became a multiplatform artist from a San Diego caravan in just a few years nationally best-selling author. With personal photos and exclusive interview material, this fascinating report must not be missed by any fan moved by the music of Jewel.

Kilcher debuted on February 28, 1995 with the album "Pieces of You", which became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time and became platinum twelve times. A single from the album "Who Will Save Your Soul" reached # 11 on the Billboard Hot 100; two others, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games", both reached # 2 and were listed on Billboard's 1997 singles chart. During her career she has released several albums, often switching between the work on her albums. "Perfectly Clear," her first country record, was released in 2008 by The Valory Music Co. It was ranked # 1 on the US Billboard Top Country album charts and featured three singles, "Stronger Woman," "I Do," and "Til It Feels Like Fraud." Jewel released their first independent album Lullaby in May 2009. • Jewel Kilcher Books • Jewel Discography

Sydney Lawrence painter • Book: Historical Romance: Lady Madelyn Holsinworth had been the most beautiful woman in the whole of England - until her husband disappeared without a trace. Her beauty disappeared overnight as fast as her groom. At least that's what the legend said. And now the infamous Horace the Terrible was sent by the king to guard her castle and her land. But from the moment Horace arrives, there is an uneasy suspicion that the modest Lady Madelyn is not the woman she seems to be. How many secrets can a lady possess? Lady Madelyn Holsinworth has never before relied on a man in her life and has no intention of letting an overgrown knight go over her castle. However, Madelyn quickly learns not to underestimate this special knight, whose wits are almost as annoying as his kisses! •
John Griffith (Jack) London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author who along with many other popular books wrote The Call of the Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf. He was a pioneer in the then burgeoning world of commercial magazine Fiction, he was one of the first Americans to make a lucrative career, solely from writing, San Francisco, California

London's mother, Flora Wellman, a music teacher and spiritualist who claimed to channel the spirit of an Indian chief, became pregnant, presumably because of her association with William Chaney, an astrologer with whom she lived in San Francisco. According to Flora Wellman's report, recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle of June 4, 1875, Chaney demanded an abortion, and when she refused, rejected the responsibility for the child. Desperately, she shot herself. She was not seriously injured, but she was temporarily deranged. After giving birth, Flora gave the baby to ex-slave Virginia Prentiss, who was to remain an important maternal figure throughout her life in London. • Jack London books

John Muir naturalist, explorer, Scotland

Environmental writer and professor Worster (Dust Bowl, Nature's Economy) presents the inspiring story of John Muir, who rebelled against orthodoxy and became one of the founders of modern environmentalism. Born in 1838 in Scotland, Muir's family emigrated to Wisconsin when he was ten. For the next 12 years, he labored on his family's farm, then left home to become a machinist and enroll in a University of Wisconsin botany course. His main interest, however, was exploring the remaining wilderness of the U.S. Finally settling in California, Muir mastered botany on his own, and by 1871 was providing the Smithsonian with regular reports of his findings. While continuing his travels, including several trips to Alaska, Muir wrote articles for local and national journals urging conservation, and was elected the first president of the Sierra Club in 1892, a position he would hold for the rest of his life. Worster's thorough, involving biography sets Muir's adventurous story against the technical and scientific culture of the day, featuring some of the period's leading thinkers and doers-including Ralph Waldo Emerson and President Theodore Roosevelt-taking on environmental issues that resonate now more than ever. • John Muir Books

Lisa Murkowski - Lisa Ann Murkowski born May 22, 1957) is the senior U.S. Senator from the State of Alaska. Murkowski, a Republican, is the only woman ever elected to Congress from her state, in addition to being the first senator born in Alaska.

Murkowski was born in Ketchikan, Alaska to Nancy R. Gore and Frank Murkowski. Her paternal grandfather was Polish descent and her mother's side was Irish. As a child, she and her family are all over the state. Frank Murkowski worked in the banking industry until he was elected to the United States. Senate in 1980. Lisa earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1980, and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University's College of Law in 1985. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She became a member of the Alaska Bar Association in 1987. She was an attorney in Anchorage, Alaska from 1985 to 1998. She also served, from 1990 to 1991, on the mayor's task force on the homeless. • Lisa Murkowski Books

Sarah Palin - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin grew up in Alaskan cities, from Skagway to Wasilla to Anchorage, while her father taught science and trained high school sports. She and her future husband, Todd Palin, graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982, and she continued her college education at the School of Journalism at the University of Idaho. Palin served two terms in Wasilla Town Council, then served as mayor and city manager for two terms, and was elected by her colleagues as president of the Alaska Mayors' Conference. She was chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Palin was elected from 2006 to 2009 the youngest and first governor of Alaska. In 2008, she was tapped as Senator John McCain's Vice-Candidate and became the first female Republican Vice Presidential candidate in the history of our country.

The Palins live in Wasilla with their five children, including a US Army son and a grandson. They enjoy a large family in Alaska and the Lower 48. • More Sarah Palin Books

Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich (1911 - 1958) A native of Alaska who fought for Native American rights in Alaska. She gave a speech to the legislator in 1945, which led to a law banning discrimination against natives; born in Petersburg. The booklet, which is presented in lexicon format with articles from "Abolitionist Movement" to "YWCA", offers a large amount of factual and interpretive material. The editors, including icons such as Gloria Steinem and the first female chief executive of the Cherokee nation Wilma Mankiller, give a broad overview of topics relevant to feminist history and present material that discusses the role of women in the American Story continues. The Reader's Companion offers a strong feminist interpretation, and some would undoubtedly argue that many of the plays are less history than arguments for social reform. The almost complete coverage of the reference (there are more than 400 articles) makes the book a valuable resource. - This text refers to the hardcover edition. • Books by Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich
Joe Redington, Sr. sled-dog musher and promoter (February 1, 1917 – June 12, 1999) was an American dog-musher and kennel owner best known as the "Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race", who leads 1,049 miles through the state of Alaska.

Redington was born on February 1, 1917 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and lived there until he was six years old. His mother left shortly after his birth and he grew up with his father and his brothers James and Ray. Joe Redingtons father was a worker who worked as a rancher in the oil fields and even traveled for two years with Irish gypsies. That's why Joe went to school in many different places. He attended school in Spearman, Texas, Fairberry, Nebraska, Aurora, South Dakota and Geary, Oklahoma. After living in Jersey City, New Jersey for a year, they settled on a farm in 1930 in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania.

In 1940, Redington joined the United States Army, and joined the 6th Field Artillery at Fort Hoyle, Maryland. He was later transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he became part of the infantry and was trained at the Field Artillery Jump School. He was assigned to the Pacific Theater during the Second World War and was part of the Special Assault Troops. He was released from Fort Dix, New Jersey after the war and returned to Pennsylvania. • Joe Redington, Sr Books

Libby Riddles (1956 - ) The first woman to win the 1985 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 4-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Race (1986-88.90); lives near Eureka. Riddles was born in Wisconsin at the age of 16 and moved to Alaska in 1972. After working on various odd jobs and engaging in sled dog racing, she entered the "Iditarod" in 1985, an exhausting sled dog marathon on the Iditarod Trail from Anchorage to Nome. Nineteen days and 1200 miles later, she came out of a furious blizzard and crossed the finish line to become the first woman to win this race. This rapid description of their fight against the elements and veteran competitors generates electrical excitement. Former newspaper editor Jones (including the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal) provides short background articles on the history of the trail, cloth booties that protect the dogs' feet, checkpoint procedures, etc. There are 11 black and white photos and maps at the beginning each chapter shows Riddle's day position. • Libby puzzle books
Leonhard Seppala (1877 - 1966) Dog sled racer who brought medicine to Nome in 1925 and helped prevent a diphtheria epidemic. Class 3-5 - Kimmel showcases the legendary history of the sled dog that faced heavy snowstorms to bring antitoxin serum to a remote village in Alaska in 1925. As the city was plagued by a diphtheria epidemic, Balto overcame unbelievable obstacles that other dogs could not. This heroic canine was immortalized in the statue, in the movie, and now in a book that brings his story to life. Kimmel cleverly writes geography, sled race and historical background with the exciting adventure of Balto racing to save lives. In many ways, the book reads like a fast-paced fiction. Koerber's useful black and white illustrations appear throughout and reflect the plot. Certainly to appeal to the beginning readers of chapter books. Christy Norris Blanchette, Library Valley Cottage, NY • Leonhard Seppala Books