Michael Carey Presents: Leroy Tozier and the Law
Sponsored by the Historians Committee, Alaska Bar Association
Leroy Tozier (1857-1924) practiced law in the Klondike and Fairbanks for more than a quarter of a century.
Born to pioneer parents in Oregon, his life followed the classic gold-rush arc as he stampeded from Seattle to Skagway in 1897, made his way to Dawson in late '97 or early '98 and took a steamboat down the Yukon River to the new "camp" of Fairbanks in 1904.
Tozier was well known in the gold fields - as a lawyer, a thespian, an umpire in baseball games, a referee in boxing matches and as a handsome bon vivant who was a boon companion wherever lawyers gathered for cocktails. He also was well known for his wife, Vivian, a songstress and music hall performer in Dawson.
Tozier also had numerous businesses ventures and partnerships, especially in mining.
Along the way, he handled several prominent criminal and civil cases that Carey will discuss.
Michael Carey was born in Fairbanks. He attended Ithaca College and Duke University, where he studied history. Carey was editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News for many years and is now an ADN columnist. He also has enjoyed a ten-career in broadcasting with KAKM of Alaska Public Broadcasting.