Governor of AlaskaDied when: 90 years 262 days (1088 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Walter Joseph Hickel (August 18, 1919 – May 7, 2010) was an American businessman, real estate developer, and politician.He worked as a construction worker and eventually became a construction company owner/operator during Alaska's territorial days.
Following World War II, Hickel became heavily involved with real estate development, building residential subdivisions, shopping centers and hotels.Hickel entered politics in the 1950s during Alaska's battle for statehood and remained politically active for the rest of his life.
Hickel served as the second governor of Alaska, defeating incumbent and first governor William A.Egan in 1966.He served as governor until 1969, ending with his resignation upon his appointment to the position of United States Secretary of the Interior in the cabinet of President Richard Nixon.
Hickel later served a full term as governor from 1990 to 1994 under the banner of the Alaskan Independence Party.