Waino Hendrickson

Waino Hendrickson

Hendrickson celebrating Alaska becoming a state, January 3, 1959.
Acting Territorial Governor of Alaska
In office
August 9, 1958  January 3, 1959
Preceded by Mike Stepovich
(as Territorial Governor of Alaska)
Succeeded by William A. Egan
(as Governor of Alaska)
In office
January 3, 1957  April 8, 1957
Preceded by B. Frank Heintzleman
(as Territorial Governor)
Succeeded by Mike Stepovich
(as Territorial Governor)
Mayor of Juneau, Alaska
In office
Preceded by Ernest Parsons
Succeeded by Bert F. McDowell
Personal details
Born Waino Edward Hendrickson
(1896-06-18)June 18, 1896
Juneau, District of Alaska
Died June 22, 1983(1983-06-22) (aged 87)
Juneau, Alaska
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marion Kingsworth Jones (1924-1962; her death)
Relations Linn A. Forrest (in-law)
Children Dorothea Forrest
Occupation Small business owner/operator
Religion Episcopalian

Waino Edward Hendrickson (June 18, 1896  June 22, 1983) was an American Republican politician, the final Governor of the Territory of Alaska.

Early life and career

Hendrickson was born June 18, 1896 in Juneau, Alaska, where he grew up the son of Finnish immigrants.[1][2]

He entered politics in 1946, when he was elected mayor of Juneau. He served as Mayor of Juneau until 1953. At the same time, he was a member of the territorial House of Representatives from 1948 to 1953.

In 1953, Hendrickson was appointed Secretary of Alaska under Governor Frank Heintzleman. He held this office until statehood, serving as acting governor twice, once in 1957, and again from 1958 to 1959. Hendrickson was the first governor born in Alaska.[3]

After statehood Hendrickson served on several government commissions until he retired to live with his daughter in Anchorage, Alaska.


He died in 1983 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau.[4]


  1. "1965 - Waino Hendrickson". Pioneers of Alaska. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  2. Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Scandinavian ancestry Politicians in Alaska". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  3. "Waino E. Hendrickson". Find A Grave. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  4. "Waino E. Hendrickson". Find A Grave. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Stepovich
Territorial Governor of Alaska
1958  1959
Succeeded by
William A. Egan
(as Governor of Alaska)
Preceded by
B. Frank Heintzleman
Territorial Governor of Alaska
1957 (acting)
Succeeded by
Mike Stepovich

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