Portland: Binford & Mort, 1979. Near Fine in Near Fine dust-jacket First Edition. Inscribed and Signed by author, [9.5x6.5in]; x, 449 pp., appendices, notes and index; Blue cloth covers with white ink lettering on front and spine, all edges trimmed; Blue dust jacket with with lettering on front and spine, oval image of Wickersham bordered in gold ring, image and narrative of author on back; Minor rubbing along edges and corners to book and dust jacket, inscription on front end paper "To Cleve and Marion, In gratitude for sharing your expertise in journalism in our Great Land. With good wishes for continued success, Evangeline Atwood, Anchorage, Alaska, June 13, 1981" Item #13786
James Wickersham (1857-1939) was appointed as a Federal Judge for Alaska by President William McKinley in 1900. He then served as the Alaska delegate to Congress from in two periods 1908-17 and 1931-33 and was a major force in Congress to establish Alaska as a Territory and provide for greater Federal assistance. He was also an author of Alaskan law reports and the 1927 "A Bibliography of Alaskan Literature 1724-1924" and founder of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines (now the University of Alaska). In his early years, he was also an explorer and made and failed in the first attempt to climb Denali - Mt. McKinley.
This biography of Wickersham is also the story of the early 20th century history of Alaska. From the dust jacket, "Frontier Politics in Alaska during the early decades of the twentieth century was ruthless and corrupt. ... Wickersham rescued Alaskans from a [Federal] bureaucratic dictatorship, winning instead their right to elect their own lawmakers. ... During his 39 years in Alaska, if was his vision and judgment which guided Alaska's social, economic and political destiny."