A big chapter of Alaska history closed Friday morning when Michael Anthony "Mike" Stepovich, the last surviving Territorial governor of Alaska, died in San Diego, Calif. He was 94.
... He enlisted in the Navy in World War II and set up a law office in Fairbanks after the war.
"I was a defense attorney, and I did a lot of criminal work," Stepovich said in a 2009 interview with the Daily News.
The political scene in Alaska began to heat up with talk of statehood in the post-war years and Stepovich ran for office as a Republican. He won a seat in the territorial legislature in 1950 and was elected to the territorial senate two years later. In 1957, President Eisenhower appointed him to the office of Territorial Governor of Alaska. He was the first person born in Alaska to hold the position.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace, Governor.