Chris M. Eckmann

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Chris M. Eckmann (May 27, 1874 – January 21, 1937) was Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska from 1926 to 1927.

Biography[edit]

Chris Eckmann was born May 27, 1874 in Denmark. He worked in lumber in North Dakota before moving to Seattle to enter the furniture trade in 1906. He married in 1911, and in May 1915, moved to tent city at the site of what would later become known as Anchorage. He opened up a furniture store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and K Street, and worked for the Alaska Railroad as a clerk and a baggage handler.

In 1923 he was elected to the Anchorage City Council, and in 1926 he was elected to a single term as mayor. He was elected to an additional term on the council in 1933. He served as a director of First National Bank Alaska, and was active in a number of fraternal organizations, including the Freemasons, the Shriners, the Elks, the Eagles, and the Odd Fellows.

He died from complications of pneumonia the night of January 21, 1937 at Anchorage Hospital.

References[edit]

  • "Chris M. Eckman Dies of Pneumonia: Former Mayor And Councilman of Anchorage", Anchorage Daily Times, pp. 1, 8, January 22, 1937 
Preceded by
Charles Bush
Mayor of Anchorage
1926 – 1927
Succeeded by
William Clayson