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RIVERS, Ralph Julian

RIVERS, Ralph Julian
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RIVERS, Ralph Julian, a Representative from Alaska; born in Seattle, King County, Wash., May 23, 1903; attended grammar school in Flat, Alaska, and Franklin High School, Seattle, Wash.; LL.B., University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., 1929; gold miner, Flat, Alaska, 1921-1923; lawyer, private practice; United States district attorney, fourth judicial division, district of Alaska, 1933-1944; elected attorney general of Alaska, 1945-1949; chair, Employment Security Commission of Alaska, 1950-1952; mayor, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1952-1954; president, League of Alaskan Cities, 1954; member of Alaska Territorial senate, 1955; second vice president of Alaska Constitutional Convention at College, Alaska, 1955-1956; delegate, Democratic National Conventions in 1960, 1964, and 1968; United States Representative-elect under Alaska-Tennessee Plan, Washington, D.C., provisional basis, pending statehood, in 1957 and 1958; upon the admission of Alaska as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served until December 30, 1966 (January 3, 1959-December 30, 1966); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninetieth Congress in 1966; died on August 14, 1976, in Chehalis, Wash.; remains were cremated; ashes interred at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library Alaska and Polar Regions Department

Fairbanks, AK
Papers: 1956-1966. 104 feet. Congressional papers and correspondence, video tape, and sound recordings. Published inventory. Partially restricted.
Oral History: 1961-1966 and undated. 21 interviews or campaign spots. On legislative issues.
Oral History: Carl Albert. Fall 1964. 1 minute. Campaign spot.
Oral History: Postmaster General Gronowski. 1964.
Oral History: George Sundborg. June 6, 1981. Discusses Alaska Constitutional Convention. Summary and log available.
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