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Wally Hickel

Personal data
Date of birthAugust 18, 1919
Place of birthEllinwood, Kansas
Date of deathMay 7, 2010(age 90)
Place of deathAnchorage, Alaska
Birth nameWalter Joseph Hickel
Political partyRepublican Party
(from ca. 1940, except see below)
Other partyAlaskan Independence Party
(September 1990 April 1994)
Spouse(1) Jannice Cannon
(1941 - 1943 - her death)
(2) Ermalee Strutz
(1945 - 2010 - his death)
ChildrenTheodore Jeffrey ("Ted")
Robert ("Bob")
Walter Joseph, Jr. ("Wally")
John Edward ("Jack")
Joseph William ("Joe")
William Karl ("Karl")
ReligionRoman Catholic
38th United States Secretary of the Interior
In officeJanuary 24, 1969 - November 25, 1970
PresidentRichard Nixon
Succeeded byRogers Morton
Preceded byStewart Udall
2nd Governor of Alaska
In officeDecember 5, 1966 - January 24, 1969
LieutenantKeith H. Miller
Succeeded byKeith H. Miller
Preceded byWilliam A. Egan
In officeDecember 3, 1990 - December 5, 1994
LieutenantJack Coghill
Succeeded byTony Knowles
Preceded bySteve Cowper
Republican National Committeeman from Alaska
In office1954 - 1964
Succeeded byLloyd A. Burgess
Preceded byRobert J. "Mickey" McKanna

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Walter Joseph "Wally" Hickel (August 18, 1919 - May 7, 2010) was an industrialist, focused mostly on construction and real estate development, and a politician of the Republican and Alaskan Independence parties from the U.S. state of Alaska. Hickel served as the second and eighth Governor of Alaska. His first term as governor was from 1966 to 1969, and ended with his resignation upon his confirmation in the position of United States Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet of President Richard Nixon. He later served a complete term as governor from 1990 to 1994.


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