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AE Capital City Weekly As the leader of the territory during the Great Depression, Troy’s greatest accomplishments included his support of the Matanuska Colony, the construction of numerous small airfields, setting the stage for the construction of the Alaska Highway, and changing the name of the Alaska College to that of the University of Alaska.

John Weir Troy: ‘The Greatest Man in the History of Alaska,’ 1868-1942

The staff of the Daily Alaska Empire in front of the Empire building on Main Street in Juneau. Elmer Friend, managing editor, is second from left; John W. Troy, publisher, in derby hat in center; Arthur Bringdale, lynotype operator, at right, in apron. Winter and Pond. Photographs, 1893-1943. ASL-P87-1265.
The staff of the Daily Alaska Empire in front of the Empire building on Main Street in Juneau. Elmer Friend, managing editor, is second from left; John W. Troy, publisher, in derby hat in center; Arthur Bringdale, lynotype operator, at right, in apron. Winter and Pond. Photographs, 1893-1943. ASL-P87-1265.
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