In this June 16, 2005 photo, Jack Coghill sits by the Tanana River in Nenana, Alaska. One of the last remaining members of the Alaska constitutional convention, former Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at age 93 in North Pole. (Dan Joling | Associated Press File)

In this June 16, 2005 photo, Jack Coghill sits by the Tanana River in Nenana, Alaska. One of the last remaining members of the Alaska constitutional convention, former Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at age 93 in North Pole. (Dan Joling | Associated Press File)

Signer of Alaska Constitution, Jack Coghill, dies at age 93

He was a political icon in the state.

ANCHORAGE — One of the last remaining members of the Alaska constitutional convention has died.

Former Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill died Wednesday in North Pole. He was 93.

His son, state Sen. John Coghill, said in a statement that his father had the same passion for Alaska in his last days as he did throughout his life.

John Bruce Coghill was born in Fairbanks in 1925 and raised in Nenana.

His father, an immigrant from Scotland, started a trading post in Nenana in 1912.

Jack and his wife, Frances, over the years owned a movie theater, roadhouse, and fuel distribution company in Nenana, a river community south of Fairbanks.

He served as mayor of Nenana for 22 years and was elected to terms in the state House and Senate.


• This is an Associated Press report.


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