Congress extends the Act to Alaska, but doesn't have any practical impact.
Era of Mild, but Unenlightened Interest
1898 - 1912
Beginning of Representative Government
1900 - 1912
Alaska Civil Code permits towns/cities to incorporate. Alaska Delegate Act establishes elective position of Delegate in Congress (position lasts from 1906 to statehood)
establishes Alaska Civil Code. Towns can incorporate, first legal representative bodeis. Took awhile for cities to incorporate due to fear of greater tax burden.
1900 - 1905
Supreme Court "Incorporates" Alaska. Incorporated territory rather than unicorporated. Supposedly same rights as the states. Cannot be let go of.
Alaska Boundary Tribunal
Decides the final SE border of Alaska
Establishment of Copper River Meridian
Surveying of Alaska begins
Alaska Delegate Office Created
given the right to elect a (non-voting)Delegate to Congress Frank Wasky and Tom Cale were initial two delegates
James Wickersham elected
Judge James Wickersham was elected as Alaska's delegate to congress. He was a powerful advocate for Alaskan issues. He win passage of Second Organic Act
Territory of Alaska
1912 - 1959
Era of Limited Democracy
1912 - 1958
Second Organic Act creates Territory of Alaska w/elected legislature
Second Organic Act
Official declaration of Territory of Alaska. Elected legistlature, but appointed governor.
No control of natural resources. expressly forbidden to establish counties so they couldn't levy local taxes on resources.
Women get right to vote
The first act of the first legislative session granted women the right to vote.
Funding for Alaska Railroad
Major increase in federal investment
1,500 Natives died during epidemic on the Seward Peninsula