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Ralph Julian RIVERS

(1903-1976)

RIVERS, Ralph Julian, a Representative from Alaska; born in Seattle, King County, Wash., May 23, 1903; attended grammar school in Flat, Alaska, and Franklin High School, Seattle, Wash.; LL.B., University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., 1929; gold miner, Flat, Alaska, 1921-1923; lawyer, private practice; United States district attorney, fourth judicial division, district of Alaska, 1933-1944; elected attorney general of Alaska, 1945-1949; chair, Employment Security Commission of Alaska, 1950-1952; mayor, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1952-1954; president, League of Alaskan Cities, 1954; member of Alaska Territorial senate, 1955; second vice president of Alaska Constitutional Convention at College, Alaska, 1955-1956; delegate, Democratic National Conventions in 1960, 1964, and 1968; United States Representative-elect under Alaska-Tennessee Plan, Washington, D.C., provisional basis, pending statehood, in 1957 and 1958; upon the admission of Alaska as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served until December 30, 1966 (January 3, 1959-December 30, 1966); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninetieth Congress in 1966; died on August 14, 1976, in Chehalis, Wash.; remains were cremated; ashes interred at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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