George Vaara


George Vaara

George Vaara (1899-1976) was Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska from 1940 to 1941.

Biography

George Vaara was born May 26, 1899 in Ada, Minnesota. He moved to Anchorage in 1923 and worked as a clerk in a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. In the 1930s, he opened a notions store called "Vaara Varieties".

Vaara was elected mayor in 1940 in the midst of a housing shortage brought on by the arrival of military personnel preceding the construction of Fort Richardson. He served a single term.

Vaara built a Pepsi-Cola plant on Fifth Avenue in 1943, selling it fifteen years later.

In 1958, Vaara made a bid for nomination as the Republican candidate for Governor of the new state of Alaska. He withdrew several days later, citing a "heated controversy" between factions of the party.

Vaara moved to Seattle, Washington in 1960. He died at his home in Seattle on July 26, 1976, following a year of incapacitation due to a stroke.

References

* Citation
title = Former Mayor Dies In Seattle
newspaper = Anchorage Times
pages = 2
year = 1976
date = July 28, 1976


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