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Cayton, Horace (1859-1940)

Horace Cayton was the African American publisher of the Seattle Republican, a newspaper directed toward both white and black readers and which at one point had the second largest circulation in the ci...

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Century 21 Exposition Protocol Assistant Roger Martinsen Remembers the Fair

Roger Martinsen (b. 1936) was born in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, graduating in 1958. After three and a half years serving in the United States Navy, M...

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Chandler, Glyn Dewayne (1926-1990)

Glyn Chandler (1926-1990) was 20 when he and his new bride relocated from Arkansas to Wenatchee and Chandler began a successful business career. Twelve years later he and his growing family moved to M...

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Chase, James E. (1914-1987)

James E. Chase was a popular and respected Spokane civic leader who went from shoe-shiner to the first African American mayor in Spokane's history. He was born in Wharton, Texas, in 1914, to a poor fa...

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CHECC: Its role in the transformation of Seattle, 1967-1978, Part 1

A broad-based citizen-activist movement spearheaded the numerous political and social changes that took place in Seattle during the 1960s and 1970s. Although many organizations participated, this acco...

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CHECC: Its role in the transformation of Seattle, 1967-1978, Part 2

A broad-based citizen-activist movement spearheaded the numerous political and social changes that took place in Seattle during the 1960s and 1970s. Although many organizations participated, this acco...

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Chow, Ruby (1920-2008)

Ruby Chow was dubbed a "living legend" (Rhodes) for her 50-year career as a restaurateur, Chinese community pioneer, civic activist, public official, and a major bridge between Seattle's Chinese commu...

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Cigarette Prohibition in Washington, 1893-1911

The first Washington state elected official to make national history in a crusade against cigarettes was not Attorney General Christine Gregoire, who brokered a settlement between the tobacco industry...

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City Light's Birth and Seattle's Early Power Struggles, 1886-1950

City Light, Seattle's publicly owned electric utility, began to take shape in 1902, when voters approved bonds for a hydroelectric dam on the Cedar River. The project, completed in 1905, was a direct ...

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City of Seattle's Civic Art Collection (Part 1)

The City of Seattle’s civic art collection was founded on monuments to great men, but soon expanded to include symbolic works, works that embraced the modernism of the twentieth century, works t...

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City of Seattle's Civic Art Collection (Part 2)

The City of Seattle’s civic art collection was founded on monuments to great men, but soon expanded to include symbolic works, works that embraced twentieth century modernism, works that explore...

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Civic Unity Committee in Seattle

In January 1944, Mayor William F. Devin (1898-1982), who was Seattle's mayor from 1942-1952, formed Seattle's Civic Unity Committee to manage and assuage growing fears of racial violence. Riots in Det...

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Clinton, Gordon Stanley (1920-2011)

Gordon Clinton served as the mayor of Seattle more than a half century ago, but he helped lay the groundwork for the city that exists today. During his eight years in office, Seattle adopted its first...

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Columbia River Treaty -- Historical Background

The Columbia River Treaty, signed in 1961 and ratified in 1964, was a landmark event in the joint U.S.-Canadian possession of the Columbia River. Yet for most of the river's vast history, the notion o...

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Columbia River Treaty -- Planning, Negotiation, and Implementation

The Columbia River Basin encompasses nearly 700,000 square miles in the United States and Canada. The river's main stem and several of its tributaries have their headwaters in eastern British Columbia...

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Columbia River Treaty and Canada

Canada and the United States initially signed the Columbia River Treaty in 1961. At first glance, the treaty seems straightforward, as its formal title suggests: "Treaty Between Canada and the United ...

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Congressional Delegations from Washington

This is a complete historical list of the Washington territorial and state delegations to the United States Congress, currrent through 2021. Washington Territory was created on March 2, 1853, and the ...

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Constantine, James Dow (b. 1961)

Dow Constantine, active in politics from a young age, first won elective office -- a seat in the Washington State Legislature -- in 1996. He served on the King County Council from 2002 until 2009, whe...

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Cosgrove, Samuel Goodlove (1847-1909)

Samuel Cosgrove served as Washington's sixth governor for two months between January and March 1909. Seriously ill with Bright's disease – persistent kidney inflammation that today is known as g...

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Cotterill, George Fletcher (1865-1958)

George Fletcher Cotterill served Seattle and the state of Washington for more than 40 years as a civil servant and elected official. He advocated woman suffrage, parks, port districts, Prohibition, an...

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Creating the Friday Harbor Water System (San Juan County)

Establishing a water system for the residents of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island was a topic of discussion as soon as the town was incorporated in 1909, but it took five years to complete a system. S...

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Dan Evans' Keynote Address at the 1968 Republican National Convention (transcript)

On August 5, 1968, Washington Governor Dan Evans delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida. Evans, then 42 and a relative newcomer to national politic...

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Dan Evans Speech at 2015 Evans School Gala

Daniel J. Evans (b. 1925) served three terms as governor of Washington, as a United States senator, and as president of The Evergreen State College. He and his wife Nancy Evans (b. 1933) have been act...

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Davis, Aubrey (1917-2013)

Health care reformer, public transportation advocate, politician, civil servant, businessman, inventor, environmentalist -- Aubrey Davis affected the lives of Northwesterners for more than half-a-cent...

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