Alaska became a part of the United States in 1959, but it wouldn't be until over five years later that its first governor, William Egan, established the state's Supreme Court (1965). Originally composed of three justices, Buell Nesbett led the group as the Chief Justice. As the state's needs continued to grow, the decision to increase the number of justices from 3 to 5 was made in 1968, and one of those justices was the Honorable George Frank Boney. Boney served as a justice for two years.
In 1968, Judge Nesbett retired, and Judge Boney took his place, becoming Alaska's second (and youngest) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, tragedy would cut Boney's career short and he died in a boating accident on August 30, 1972. Born in July of 1930, Boney was only 42 years old.
|Chief Justice George Boney, seated|
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