Ernest Gruening Edit Profile
Graduate Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut, 1903. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1907, Doctor of Medicine 1912. Doctor of Laws, University Alberta, 1950, U. Alaska, 1955, Brandeis U., 1958.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Wilmington College.
Reporter, special article writer, editor various newspapers, 1911-1920. Managing editor The Nation, 1920-1923, and editor, 1933-1934. National director of publicity, LaFollette Progressive Presidential Campaign, 1924.
Founder Portland (Maine) Evening News, 1927, editor until 1932, contributing editor, 1932-1937. Editor New York Evening Post, February-April 1934, member Cuba Commission Foreign Policy Association, 1934. Director Division Territories and Island Possessions, unites states department Interior, 1934-1939, administrator P.R. Reconstrn.
Adminstrn, 1935-1937. Federal emergency relief administrator P.R., 1935-1936. Member Alaska International Highway Commission 1938-1942.
Governor of Alaska, 1939-1953. Keynoter, Alaska Constnl. Convention, 1955; elected provisional United States Senator from Alaska, 1956-1958, Senator 1958-1969.
General adviser to the United States delegation to 7th Pan American Conference, Montevideo, 1933. Cons. Population Crisis committee, 1968-1974.
Member Alaska International Highway Commission 1938-1942. Governor of Alaska, 1939-1953. Clubs: Harvard (New York).
Married Dorothy E. Smith, November 19, 1914. Children: Ernest (deceased), Huntington Sanders, Peter B. (deceased).
- Ernest Gruening: Alaska's Greatest Governor In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Ernest Gruening governor of territorial Alaska. What followed were twenty historic years that changed the face of North America when Alaska became a state in 1959.
1916 - 1920
1920 - 1923
1927 - 1932
1934 - 1934
December 6, 1939 - April 10, 1953
January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1969