Ernest Gruening

Ernest Gruening

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 26 Jun 1974 (aged 87)
Washington City, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 6802890 · View Source
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Alaska Governor, U.S. Senator. He graduated from Harvard College in 1907, from Harvard Medical School, in 1912 and gave up the practice of medicine to enter journalism as a reporter for Boston American, in 1912. He was managing editor of the New York Tribune in 1917, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in the Field Artillery Corps, during World War I. After the war, he was editor of The Nation, (1920-23), editor of the New York Post, (1932-33) and adviser to the United States delegation to the Seventh Inter-American Conference, Montevideo, Chile, in 1933. He also was director of the Division of Territories and Island Possessions of the Department of the Interior, (1934-1939) and administrator of the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration, (1935-37). He was a member of Alaska International Highway Commission, when he was appointed Governor of Alaska by President Franklin Roosevelt, serving (1939-53). In 1955, he was elected as Democrat to the United States Senate s an advocate of Alaska statehood. Known as “The father of Alaska statehood”, upon admission of Alaska as a State into the Union, Senators from that State drew four-year terms and he was twice reelected serving (1959-69). After leaving the Senate, he was a legislative consultant and president of investment firm. He died in retirement at age 87, was cremated and his ashes were scattered over Mount Ernest Gruening, north of Juneau, Alaska.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 26 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6802890
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest Gruening (6 Feb 1887–26 Jun 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6802890, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered.