Alaska's Former Governor Keith Miller Dies at the age of 94

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska's third Governor, Keith Miller, died this past weekend at the age of 94.​​
Miller was born in Seattle in 1925... and after serving his country in the Army Air Corps. during World War II, he took the first opportunity to come to the Last Frontier.

He was never elected to the position of Governor, but rather succeeded to office after Wally Hickel, Alaska's second governor, was selected by former President Nixon to be the Secretary of the Interior.​

Because Hickel had no Lieutenant Governor, Miller -- who was serving as the Secretary of State -- was named Hickel's replacement.​

Alaska came into wealth under Miller, as a North Slope oil lease sale fetched $900 million dollars.​

Miller lost his reelection in 1970, losing to William Egan, who also served as Alaska's first Governor.​

Miller had been in hospice care in Anchorage due to pancreatic cancer, and died from the illness this past Saturday.​

State flags will fly at half staff through Sunday in his memory.​