"first Governor Of Alaska" William Egan Signed Tls Dated 1972 Jg Autographs Coa
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Up for sale the "First Governor of Alaska" William Egan Signed TLS Dated 1972 on State Letterhead.This item is certified authentic by JG Autographs and comes with their Certificate of Authenticity.
William Allen Egan(October 8, 1914 – May 6, 1984) was an He served as thefirstgovernorof the State ofAlaskafrom January 3, 1959 to 1966 and 1970 to 1974. Born inValdez, Alaska, Egan is one of only two governors in the state's history (along withBill Walker) to have been born in Alaska. He was the Democratic nominee in five gubernatorial elections (1958,1962,1966,1970, and1974). The child of of six children in Valdez, Egan was raised by his mother Cora following his father William's death in an avalanche in 1920. By age 10, Egan was working in a local cannery, helping to support his struggling family. Thanks to the lack of driving laws in theAlaska Territoryduring the 1920s, Egan learned to drive at an early age, shuttling tourists around during summer months. By the age of 14, Egan was driving dump trucks for theAlaska Road Commission. Following his graduation as avaledictorianfrom Valdez High School in 1932, he began an interest in politics.[ Egan's godfather,Anthony Dimond, a local Valdez lawyer, two-time mayor and member of theAlaska Senate, ran as aDemocratfor the territory's nonvoting delegate to theU.S. House of Representativesthe same year. Despite the position's inability to vote due toTennessee Plan, a nonvoting delegate could address other House members and lobby for both bills and statehood. Dimond won the race, introducing the young Egan, who viewed Dimond as his mentor, to territorial and federal politics. Dimond would send copies of theCongressional Recordback to Egan in Valdez for him to read. Following on his godfather's footsteps, Egan ran successfully as the Democratic candidate from Valdez in the Alaska Territorial House of Representatives in 1940, a post he would hold until 1945. He won three more terms to the House from 1947 to 1953. On November 16, 1940, Egan married Desdia Neva McKittrick (October 3, 1914 – January 19, 2011), a recent arrival to Valdez fromKansas. They had one child, a son,Dennis. DuringWorld War II, where Alaska's ownAleutian Islandssaw bloody combat between American andImperial Japaneseforces, Egan continued his political career. While still serving in the House of Representatives, Egan was elected as Mayor of Valdez in 1946. In 1953, Egan was elected to the Alaska Territorial Senate.