R. E. Robertson
Politician, Deceased Person
1885 – 1961
Who was R. E. Robertson?
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Robertson was educated at Omaha Commercial College, the Michigan College of Mines and the University of Washington. He moved to Alaska in 1906 and served as mayor of Juneau from 1920 to 1923. He also served as a trustee of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, from 1925 to 1933.
In 1955, he was elected to the Alaska Constitutional Convention as one of seven at-large delegates from the First Judicial Division. He resigned from the convention several days prior to the scheduled document signing and returned to Juneau, citing numerous issues with the finished document which he had not expressed previously. His major objection was over the apportionment of the legislature into smaller districts; the territorial legislature's districts were coterminous with that of the four judicial divisions established by the U.S. Congress in 1909. Robertson did later agree to append his signature to the document, which happened shortly before his death.
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