|Governor of Alaska|
April 12, 1957 – August 1, 1958
|Preceded by||Waino Hendrickson (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Waino Hendrickson (Acting)|
|Born||Michael Anthony Stepovich
March 12, 1919
Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.
|Died||February 14, 2014
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Portland
University of Notre Dame
Stepovich was born to Michael and Olga (Barta) Stepovich in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 12, 1919. He studied at the University of Portland, at Gonzaga University, and at Notre Dame Law School. Stepovich was married to Matilda Baricevic until his death in 2014.
Following his education and military service during World War II, Stepovich created a law practice in his home town of Fairbanks, Alaska and began his political career by winning three terms in the Alaska Territorial legislature.
During his term as governor, he was a leading advocate in the effort to gain statehood for Alaska. Following Alaska's admission to the union, he made an unsuccessful run for a U.S. Senate seat and two unsuccessful attempts to be elected Governor of Alaska.
References[change | change source]
- McMullin, Thomas A.; Walker, David (1984). Biographical Directory of American Territorial Governors. Westport, CT: Meckler Publishing. pp. 25–6. ISBN 0-930466-11-X.
- "Former Alaska territorial governor injured in fall". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. February 13, 2014. http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_25135571/former-territorial-governor-injured-fall.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Mike Stepovich at 100 Years of Alaska's Legislature