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Lester D. Henderson, Commissioner of Education, 1917-1929

"May 5, 1917 - Lester D. Henderson, Juneau superintendent of schools, was today appointed the first Commissioner of Education for the Territory of Alaska under the recently enacted law to provide for a uniform school system. The appointment was made, as provided by law, by governor John F.A. Strong, and the senior senators from each of the four judicial divisions: Senators Heckman, Aldrich, Hubbard, and Gaustad. Mr. Henderson will take office on May 10." Alaska State Library - Historical Collections.

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