Walter J. Hickel (1969–1970) - Secretary of the Interior [cite this] ↑Richard Nixon Home Page Walter J. Hickel was born in Claflin, Kansas, in 1919. He moved to Alaska in 1940 and worked at various trades from bartending to carpentry. Hickel later became governor of Alaska (1966-1969, 1990-1994). During the Nixon administration, he served as U.S. secretary of the interior (1969-1970). Richard Nixon Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Richard Nixon Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Ken Hughes Mr. Hughes coordinates the team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes, as part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!