Joe Vogler

Alaskan Politician
Born Apr 24, 1913

Joseph E. "Joe" Vogler was the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, and either its chair or gubernatorial nominee for most of its first two decades of existence. He was also known, originally in his adopted hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, and later statewide, as a frequent participant in governmental and political affairs and frequent litigant in court.… Read More

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1913 Birth Vogler was born April 24, 1913, on a farm outside Barnes, Kansas.


1929 16 Years Old He graduated from high school in Waterville, Kansas, in 1929. … Read More


1942 29 Years Old Vogler moved to Alaska in March 1942, having run afoul of many of his contemporaries in the Lower 48 regarding his views on then-U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


1951 38 Years Old After spending a year in Kodiak, he moved to Fairbanks and worked as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Ladd Field (now Fort Wainwright) in Fairbanks, until 1951 when he began mining on Homestake Creek. … Read More


1973 60 Years Old 1 More Event
He was mostly known around Fairbanks as a rabble-rouser and frequent writer of letters to the editor, until 1973 when he launched a petition drive calling for secession for Alaska, in the early part of that year, and subsequently launched his first campaign for governor a year later (see "Political career", below). … Read More
1974 61 Years Old Vogler would serve as the AIP's standard-bearer for most of the party's first two decades. He ran for governor in 1974, with Wayne Peppler (born March 26, 1942), a fellow miner from Fairbanks, as his running mate. … Read More
1978 65 Years Old Vogler switched to run for lieutenant governor in 1978, with Don Wright running for governor. Wright was also the AIP's nominee for governor from 2002 through 2010. The 1978 campaign for governor was dominated by the extremely controversial Republican primary race between moderate Hammond and former governor Walter Hickel. … Read More
Vogler also ran for governor in 1982 and 1986. … Read More
1986 73 Years Old 1 More Event
Vogler's running mate in 1986 was Al Rowe (born May 11, 1932), a Fairbanks resident and former Alaska State Trooper. … Read More
1990 77 Years Old In 1990, as party chair, Vogler paved the way for the vacation of the nominated party ticket of John Lindauer and Jerry Ward and their replacement with Hickel and Jack Coghill. … Read More
1993 80 Years Old 1 More Event
Vogler disappeared under suspicious circumstances in May 1993, just weeks before he was scheduled to give a speech to the United Nations on Alaskan independence, sponsored by the government of Iran. … Read More
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