Wilford Bacon Hoggatt

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Wilford Bacon Hoggatt (11 September 1865-26 February 1938) was the Republican Governor of the District of Alaska from 10 March 1906 to 18 May 1909, succeeding John Green Brady and preceding Walter Eli Clark.


Wilford Bacon Hoggatt was born in Paoli, Indiana in 1865, and he joined the US Navy in 1884 and was sent to survey the waters of southeastern Alaska in 1889. He also served on the Naval Board of Strategy during the Spanish-American War, and he resigned from the Navy in August 1898 and moved to Juneau, Alaska with his brother a year later. The brothers established a mining company, and Hoggatt went on to serve as President Theodore Roosevelt's appointed Governor of the District of Alaska from 1906 to 1909. He was a strong proponent of economic development, including expanded coal mining; however, in November 1906, President Roosevelt banned all coal mining on federal lands, effectively banning coal mining in Alaska, as the vast majority of the territory was owned by the federal government. Hoggatt oversaw the movement of the capital from Sitka to Juneau, but he was unable to revise surveying laws to enable homesteaders and gold miners to move to the state, and he left office in 1909. In 1912, he became president of a company in New London, Connecticut, and he retired to New York City in 1926 and died in the Bronx in 1938.

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