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Alfred Peter Swineford (14 September 1836-26 October 1909) was the Democratic Governor of the District of Alaska from September 1885 to 20 April 1889, succeeding John Henry Kinkead and preceding Lyman Enos Knapp.


Alfred Peter Swineford was born in Ashland, Ohio in 1836, and he was apprenticed to a printer in his hometown and in Columbus before beginning Albert Lea, Minnesota's first newspaper in 1853. From there, he started the Banner in La Crescent, Minnesota and the Union Democrat in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1860, he moved to Milwaukee and published the Daily Inquirer. He became head of Oshkosh's Review in 1864 before moving to Fond du Lac to operate the Democratic Press a year later, joining the Mining and Manufacturing News in Negaunee, Michigan in 1867, publishing the Mining Journal in Marquette until 1884, serving in the State House in 1871, as a delegate to the 1872 and 1884 Democratic National Conventions, as Mayor of Marquette from 1884 to 1886, as Governor of the District of Alaska from 1885 to 1889, as Inspector General of the United States Land Office from 1893 to 1897, and as a newspaperman in Ketchikan, Alaska until his death in Juneau in 1909.