Scott Cordelle Bone

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Scott Cordelle Bone
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4th Governor of Alaska Territory
In office
June 15, 1921 – June 16, 1925
Nominated byWarren G. Harding
Preceded byThomas Riggs Jr.
Succeeded byGeorge Alexander Parks
Personal details
Born(1860-02-15)February 15, 1860
Shelby County, Indiana
DiedJanuary 26, 1936(1936-01-26) (aged 75)
Santa Barbara, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Worth

Scott Cardelle Bone (February 15, 1860 – January 26, 1936) was the fourth Territorial Governor of Alaska, serving from 1921–1925. A Republican, he was appointed by President Warren G. Harding. He is perhaps best known for making the decision to use dog sleds to transport diphtheria antitoxin 674 miles rather than use a plane in the now-famous 1925 Serum Run, (also known as the "Great Race of Mercy") from which the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race stems.

Bone was born in Shelby County, Indiana. He led a very productive life, belonged to numerous organizations and held almost as many positions, such as: chairman of the Alaska Bureau of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention, member (and at one time president of) the Gridiron Club, member of the National Press Association, director of publicity for the Republican National Committee, life member of the Red Cross, the Yacht and Country Club of Tampa, Florida, and the Decorated Order of Sacred Treasure of Japan, and a member of the Elks.

He was the editor of the Washington Post, founded the Washington Herald and later was the editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was a friend of Pres. Warren G. Harding, Pres. William Howard Taft, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, and Alice Roosevelt.

He hosted President Harding and his entourage while they visited Alaska in July 1923.


  • Alaska, Its Past, Present, and Future
  • Chechahco and Sourdough: A Story of Alaska
  • Sketches of Statesmen
  • Political Remembrances

Further reading[edit]

  • The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic Gay & Laney Salisbury

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Riggs Jr.
Territorial Governor of Alaska
Succeeded by
George Alexander Parks