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Alaska Day of Honor – Anthony J. Dimond

Posted: December 8, 2013 - 1:05am

The Alaska Day of Honor for Anthony J. Dimond was celebrated Nov. 30 by Alaska Living History at the Juneau Public Market. John H. Venables, local historian, dressed in his William Henry Seward vintage tuxedo, pompadour wig, stovepipe hat and winter top coat, marched all the rooms at Centennial Hall with a celebratory sign. Venables said most of the audience did not know much, if anything, about Dimond, who served Alaska for many years, most notably as U. S. Delegate to U. S. Congress 1933-1945. When he stepped down, further service was as an Alaska District Judge 1945-1953. He had an notable career and was a proponent of Alaska statehood. He died May 28, 1953.

Dimond is one of nine individuals who the Alaska state Legislature has passed a resolution to recognize with a Day of Honor. Alaska Living History celebrates all nine on the appropriate day, generally the birthday anniversary of the honoree. Also celebrated are the two Alaska state holidays.

Next Alaska Day of Honor, Feb. 6, 2014, Ernest Gruening.

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