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Ernest Gruening (1887–1974) was a journalist, Alaska territorial governor, and one of Alaska's first pair of U.S. senators. He was territorial governor for almost fourteen years, during which time he labored to develop the territory. Gruening was elected provisional senator in 1956 and then elected to the Senate in 1958 after Alaska was granted statehood. He served in the Senate until being defeated in the Democratic primary in 1968.
Ernest Gruening was born in New York City on February 6, 1887. He was the son of Emil Gruening, a physician, and Phebe Fridenberg. After completing his primary education in private schools in New York, New England, and Europe, he entered Harvard College at age sixteen. He graduated in 1907 and continued his studies to earn an ...