Pollock, Alaska's second congressman, dies at 90

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s second congressman has died in California at age 90.

Howard Pollock, who died Sunday, was a key political player in the early years of Alaska statehood.

The Anchorage Daily News says Pollock was born in Chicago and was raised in New Orleans. He served in World War Two and after the war drove up the Alaska Highway with his wife, Maryanne.

Pollock left Alaska in 1952 to attend law school, but he eventually returned to serve in the Alaska Territorial Legislature.

In 1966, Pollock became Alaska’s sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives by beating incumbent Ralph Rivers, who had held the office since statehood almost eight years earlier. Pollock was handily re-elected in 1968 over challenger Nick Begich.

Pollock loved the outdoors. He served as president of the National Rifle Association, a director of Ducks Unlimited and an international director of Safari Club International.

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