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The Alaska Bar Rag

ARTICLE: Mildred Robinson Hermann: Queen Mother of the Alaskan Statehood

May / June, 2003

27 AK Bar Rag 32




Mildred Hermann

Mildred Robinson Hermann was one of the great founders of the State of Alaska. She began her career as Juneau's first and only female lawyer, and ended it a well-known attorney, stateswoman, and public servant. Her vision and dedication helped Alaska achieve statehood, and her intelligence and focus helped create a workable and well-crafted state constitution. Mildred spent much of her career fighting for Alaska statehood. She was appointed to the Alaska Statehood Committee, and then elected by the territory's residents as a delegate at the Constitutional Convention. She was so confident of being chosen that she reserved her hotel room in Fairbanks' Nordale Hotel, the site of the Convention, before she even knew she had been elected. n1


Mildred also shone on the national stage. She traveled to Washington D.C. five times to testify before Congress on behalf of Alaskan Statehood. In those days it could take twenty days to make such a trip. She presented the definitive economic analysis of the costs of statehood, and was so persuasive one senator said she was the best witness he had ever seen.

Apart from her political and professional accomplishments, Mildred stood out. She had great personal presence, in part because of her articulate and good-natured demeanor, and in part due to her imposing physical person. Mildred weighed over 300 pounds for most of her adult life, a victim of her love ...
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