Connecticut's Governor of Alaska



Walter Eli Clark (January 7, 1869 – February 4, 1950) was a Connecticut born journalist and newspaper publisher who served as the last Governor of the District of Alaska from 1909 to 1912, and the first Governor of Alaska Territory from 1912 to 1913.
Born in Ashford, Connecticut, he was a graduate of the Connecticut State Normal School (Central Connecticut State University) and taught school in Waterville, and Manchester. (He also held a degree in Philosophy from Wesleyan University)
Clark was appointed Governor of the District of Alaska by President William Howard Taft on May 18, 1909 because of Clark’s knowledge of the district. He had prospected for gold near Nome, Alaska for a short time in 1900 and traveled through the district in both 1903 and 1906.

During the territory's first legislative session, Clark signed laws creating a variety of regulatory agencies and implementing compulsory education, juvenile courts, eight-hour days for workers in many industries, and women's suffrage.