Rev. Sheldon Jackson, Presbyterian missionary and since 1885
general agent for education in Alaska, first visited Alaska in August, 1877, in the
interest of schools and missions. He made a second trip on the same errand in 1879. Other
visits followed, and since his government appointment in 1885 he has made annual visits to
the Territory, traveling extensively in various parts on inspecting tours. Reports on this
work are published annually in the Report of the Commissioner of Education.