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Keith Miller, Alaska’s third governor, dies at 94

March 7, 2019
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FILE - In this July 30, 1969 file photo, Alaska's Gov. Keith Miller, smokes a cigar during a seminar and discussion on natural resources at the Western Governors' Conference in Seattle, Wash. Seated at right is John Haydon, governor-designate of American Samoa. Miller, who served as Alaska's third governor, has died. He was 94. His step-daughter, Carol Slater, confirmed Miller died of pancreatic cancer while in hospice care Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Walter J. Zeboski, File)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Keith Miller, who served as Alaska’s third governor, has died. He was 94.

His step-daughter, Carol Slater, confirmed Miller died of pancreatic cancer while in hospice care Saturday in Anchorage.

Miller was serving as Alaska’s secretary of state when Gov. Wally Hickel was selected by President Richard Nixon to be the secretary of the U.S. Interior. Alaska didn’t have a lieutenant governor position then.

Alaska came into sudden wealth under Miller’s governorship when an oil lease sale on the North Slope fetched $900-million.

Miller served as governor for two years, losing to Gov. William Egan in 1970. Miller ran again in 1974, only to lose in the Republican primary.

Born March 1, 1925, in Seattle, he moved to Alaska in 1946 and homesteaded in the Talkeetna area.