Governor orders flags lowered for former representative and judge William H. Sanders

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags were at half staff Wednesday and Thursday in honor of William H. Sanders, a former state representative and Superior Court judge who died March 29 in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 80.

Sanders was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Gurley, Ala. He obtained a business degree from the University of Alabama in 1942.Commissioned as an Army lieutenant during World War II, Sanders served as an intelligence officer in Europe. Following the war, he earned a law degree from the University of Alabama. He moved in Alaska in 1947.

In 1960, Sanders was elected to represent Anchorage in the state House. In 1963, in the middle of his second term, Sanders resigned to accept an appointment as a Superior Court judge in Nome, a position he held until his retirement in 1980.

Sanders was succeeded in the House by George Sullivan.

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