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  Wickersham, James
NameJames Wickersham
Fairbanks, Alaska , United States
Born August 24, 1857
DiedOctober 24, 1939 (82 years)
Last ModifedChronicler
Apr 18, 2009 09:13pm
InfoWICKERSHAM, James, a Delegate from the Territory of Alaska; born in Patoka, Marion County, Ill., August 24, 1857; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced practice in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill.; served in the Governor’s guards, Springfield Militia; moved to Washington Territory in 1883; probate judge of Pierce County, Wash., 1884-1888; city attorney of Tacoma, Wash., in 1894; member of the State house of representatives in 1898; moved to Eagle, Alaska, when appointed United States district judge for the Territory of Alaska in 1900; moved to Nome in 1901, to Valdez in 1902, and to Fairbanks in 1903; served as district judge until January 1908, when he resigned to run for Congress.

Delegate to U.S. House (R-AK) 1909-1917. Was the first person elected to Congress on the Progressive Party line (1912). Successfully contested the election of Charles A. Sulzer to the Sixty-fifth Congress and served from January 7 to March 3, 1919; successfully contested the election of Charles A. Sulzer to the Sixty-sixth Congress and served from March 1, to March 3, 1921, succeeding George B. Grigsby, who had qualified on credentials of a special election held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Sulzer, which occurred while the contest was pending; was not a candidate for renomination in 1920; moved to Juneau, Alaska, in 1921 and resumed the practice of law

Delegate (R-AK) 1931-1933; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress.

Continued the practice of law in Juneau, Alaska; writer on ethnological and historical subjects; editor of Alaska Territory Law Reports, and of Old Yukon and Alaskan literature; died in Juneau, Alaska, October 24, 1939; remains were cremated and the ashes deposited in Old Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Wash.


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  11/08/1932 AK Territorial Delegate Lost 28.32% (-43.36%)
  11/04/1930 AK Territorial Delegate Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/01/1921 AK Territorial Delegate - Recount Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/05/1919 AK Territorial Delegate - Special Election Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  01/07/1919 AK Territorial Delegate - Recount Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/1918 AK Territorial Delegate Lost 48.00% (-0.36%)
  11/07/1916 AK Territorial Delegate Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  11/03/1914 AK Territorial Delegate Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/13/1912 AK Territorial Delegate Won 42.69% (+2.00%)
  08/09/1910 AK Territorial Delegate Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/11/1908 AK Territorial Delegate Won 39.50% (+14.74%)