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Return to:   Alaska Transfer Ceremony - October 18, 1867, was one of the most significant days in Alaska history, the day when the United States officially took possession of its northernmost territory.
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Major General Jefferson Columbus Davis
Major General Jefferson Columbus Davis (not related to Confederate President Jefferson Davis) was the first commander of the Department of Alaska from March 18, 1868, to June 1, 1870. Library of Congress photo.

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