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Famous People from Alaska
Biographies, Famous People from Alaska
Aleksandr Andreyevich Baranov (1746
- 1819) A fur trader from Russia who became
the first governor of Russian America and
founded present-day Sitka.
E. L. “Bob” Bartlett (1904 - 1968)
Congressman for Alaska that fought for
Alaskan statehood; grew up in Fairbanks.
- Benny Benson, designed state flag
at age 13.
Vitus Jonassen Bering (1681 - 1741)
Navigator that explored Alaska for Russia
and discovered that Siberia and North
America were separate continents.
Susan Butcher (1956 - ) 4-time
winner of Iditarod Trail race (1986-88,90);
lives near Eureka.
- William Allen Egan (1914 - 1984)
He was the first governor of Alaska; born in
Jewel (1974 - ) Singer and musician
Carl Ben Eielson (1897 - 1929) This
pilot made the first Alaska airmail flight
Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich
(1911 - 1958) A Native Alaskan who fought
for Native rights in Alaska. She gave a
speech in 1945 to the state legislature that
led to a law banning discrimination against
Natives; born in Petersburg.
Libby Riddles (1956 - ) The first
woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog
Race in 1985.
Leonhard Seppala (1877 - 1966)
Dogsled racer who rushed medicine to Nome in
1925 and helped to prevent a diphtheria
More Famous People of Alaska
- Margaret Elizabeth Bell author
- Benny Benson designed state flag
at age 13, Chignik
- Charles E. Bunnell educator
- Henry E. Gruennig political
- B. Frank Heintzleman territorial
- Walter J. Hickel former governor
- Sheldon Jackson educator and
missionary, Minaville, NY
- Joe Juneau prospector
- Austin Lathrop industrialist
- Sydney Lawrence painter
- John Griffith (Jack) London
author, San Francisco, CA
- Ray Mala actor
- John Muir naturalist, explorer,
- Virgil F. Partch cartoonist
- Joe Redington, Sr. sled-dog
musher and promoter
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