• James Wickersham, via Tanana-Yukon Historical Society
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    The Origins of the University of Alaska

    On May 3, 1917, Governor John F. A. Strong signed the bill that created the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was a logical place for it, since mining and farming went on in the…

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    Wickersham, Alaska, and the Organic Act

    I came across this recently on the Alaska Historical Society website (http://alaskahistoricalsociety.org/discover-alaska/this-month-in-alaska-history/):  August 24, 1912 – President William Howard Taft signed the Organic Act which created the Territory of Alaska. The signing took place on the birthday of Delegate James…

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    Judge James Wickersham

    Judge James Wickersham was the Renaissance man of Alaska. Not only was he an author, judge, and territorial delegate to Congress, but he also enjoyed dog sled travel and mountain climbing.   He came to Alaska by appointment to the…