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Alaska Packard Davidson (March 1, 1868 – July 16, 1934) was an American law enforcement officer, known for being the first female special agent in the FBI.

Personal life[editar]

Davidson was born in Warren, Ohio, on March 1, 1868, the daughter of Warren and Mary Elizabeth Doud Packard.[1]His two brothers, James Ward Packard and William Doud Packard, founded Packard, an automobile manufacturer that would later merge with Studebaker.[2]

Little is preserved of his personal life, except that he only had three years of public education and no college education.[1][3]He had a daughter, Esther, who died in 1902.[2]She was married twice, the first time to Ephraim B. McCrum Jr. in 1893.[4]In 1910 and 1920, the United States Census lists her husband’s name as James B. Davidson.[5][6]In 1930, her marital status appears as “widow”. [7]

He died on July 16, 1934, at the age of 66.[1][2]

I work at the FBI[editar]

On October 11, 1922, at the age of 54, Davidson was hired by Director William J. Burns to work in the Bureau of Investigation (the former name of the FBI) ​​as a special investigator; becoming the first woman to access the position of special agent.[1][8]Trained in New York, she was later assigned to the Washington DC field office[9]His starting salary was $ 7 a day plus $ 4 when he traveled. [1]

The Office was interested in hiring female agents to work on cases related to the Mann Act, which was aimed at combating interstate sex trafficking.[1][2]However, since she was considered a “very refined” person, the order was given not to put her in “difficult” cases.[1]This, combined with her limited schooling, meant that she was considered of limited utility when it came to prosecuting such crimes.[2][8]During her work at the Washington field office, she was also involved in a case against another agent who was selling classified Justice Department information to criminals.[9]

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After John Edgar Hoover became acting director of the Bureau in 1924 after the Teapot Dome scandal, he called for Davidson’s resignation when the special agent in charge at the Washington field office reported that he had “no particular job. for a female agent “.[1][10][11]Davidson resigned on June 10, 1924.[1]

Only three women became agents in the 1920s, and with the resignation of Davidson and his partner Agent Jessie B. Duckstein in 1924 and Lenore Houston in 1928, the FBI had no female agents between 1929 and 1972.[1][9][11]

In popular culture[editar]

  • The mention of Davidson as the first female FBI agent by the character Lana Kane in the episode entitled “Waxing Gibbous” of the television series “Archer: Dreamland”, has been singled out by “The AV Club” as an example of the habit of the program using little known references.[12]


  1. a b c d e f g h i j Engel, KeriLynn (October 16, 2012). «Alaska P. Davidson, the FBI’s first female Special Agent». Amazing Women In History (in American English). Accessed May 12, 2017.
  2. a b c d e Delgado, Miguel A. (February 4, 2017). “Alaska Packard, the first FBI agent fired for being a woman”. El Español (digital newspaper). Accessed May 12, 2017.
  3. Holden, Henry M. (2008). FBI 100 Years (in English). Zenith Imprint. p. 37. ISBN 9781610607186.
  4. «Marriage record of Ephraim B. McCrum Jr. and Alaska Packard». State of Ohio: Trumbull County Probate Court. 1893.
  5. United States Census for O’Hara Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Thirteenth United States Census. 1910.
  6. United States Census for Mount Vemon, Fairfax, Virginia. Fourteenth United States Census. 1920.
  7. United States Census for Mount Vemon, Fairfax, Virginia. Fifteenth United States Census. 1930.
  8. a b Theoharis, Athan G. (1999). The FBI: A Comprehensive Reference Guide (in English). Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 321-322. ISBN 9780897749916.
  9. a b c Mullenbach, Cheryl (2016). Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781613734254.
  10. «FBI Washington Field Office». Federal Bureau of Investigation (in American English). Accessed June 8, 2017.
  11. a b «Alaska Davidson, First Female FBI Special Agent» (in English). May 5, 2016. Accessed June 8, 2017.
  12. Hughes, William (May 10, 2017). «Archer goes full-on horror movie with its most brutal rampage yet». The A.V. Club. Accessed May 12, 2017.
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