“Miners Come to Congress,” Detroit Free Press, October 29, 1906
Detroit Free Press
Alaskan Delegates to Congress
Congress narrowly approved the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. It largely ignored the region until 1884, when it passed an Organic Act defining Alaska as a federal district with fewer privileges than a territory. When gold was discovered there in 1898, Alaska’s population swelled, and its residents pressed for territorial status and congressional representation. Congress responded in 1906 by authorizing the election of a nonvoting Alaskan delegate to the House of Representatives. Congress granted Alaska territorial status in 1912 and statehood in 1959.
My efforts and my wishes, and I might say the wishes of the people of Alaska, are for a Territorial legislature.
Delegate Thomas Cale of Alaska, Territorial Government for Alaska, U.S. Congress, 1908