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

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Wally Hickel, left, talks with reporters on Friday, Feb. 27, 1970 in New York during news conference with Alaska Gov. Keith Miller.

Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Keith Miller, who served as Alaska's third governor, has died. He was 94.

MIller's 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.

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