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Law and Lawyers in Seattle's History

When humans began creating laws for each other to follow, the legal profession was born. As the number of people increased and life became more complex, the number of both laws and lawyers multiplied....

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Lawson, Walter Vernon (1926-1982)

Walter Vernon Lawson was the first African American police officer in the Seattle Department to be promoted to Sergeant (July 1964). He went on to become Seattle's first African American police Lieute...

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League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization founded in 1920 and concerned with public policy and citizenship issues, grew out of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). U...

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Locke, Gary Faye (b. 1950)

Gary Locke rose through the political ranks from humble, minority beginnings to become King County's first Asian American executive in 1994, the first Asian American governor in the United States in 1...

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Lowry, Michael Edward "Mike" (1939-2017)

Michael "Mike" Lowry served 21 years in elective offices in Washington -- 1976 to 1978 in the King County Council, 1979 to 1989 representing the 7th District in Congress, and 1993 to 1997 as governor....

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Luke, Wing (1925-1965)

Wing Luke was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1962, and became the first Chinese American from a large mainland city to hold such an office. Just three years later, in 1965, his promising polit...

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Lynch, Marjorie Ward (1920-1977)

Marjorie Lynch served 10 years in the Washington State House of Representatives, from 1961 to 1971, representing the 14th Legislative District in Yakima County. Born in England, Lynch came to the Unit...

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Magnuson, U.S. Sen. Warren G., and Relations with the People's Republic of China

Following Mao Zedong's declaration of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson (1905-1989) became one of the leading advocates of normalized relations and tra...

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Magnuson, Warren G. (1905-1989)

Warren G. Magnuson ("Maggie" to constituents, Warren to family and friends) represented Washington in the United States Senate longer than anyone else and used his seniority and persuasive skills to e...

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Maleng, Norm (1938-2007)

Norman Kim "Norm" Maleng was King County Prosecuting Attorney for 28 years, during which he implemented legal reforms, mentored future judges and politicians, and made national news while prosecuting ...

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Managing at Seattle City Light, 1973-1989: an Interview with Walt Sickler

When Walt Sickler (b. 1927) was promoted from line crew foreman to Supervisor of Overhead Construction at Seattle City Light, he brought to the utility's management his knowledge of field operations a...

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Marchioro, Karen Byus (1933-2007)

Karen Marchioro was a mover and shaker in the Washington State Democratic Party for more than four decades from the early 1970s to her death from an extended bout with cancer in 2007. She was, accordi...

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Mardesich, August P. "Augie" (1920-2016)

August P. "Augie" Mardesich was a Washington state representative from 1950 to 1962 and a Washington state senator from 1963 to 1978. He holds the rare distinction having served as both the state Hous...

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Marijuana Legalization in Washington

Washington became one of the first two states, along with Colorado, to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana when voters approved Initiative 502 on November 6, 2012. The vote was the culminatio...

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Marriage Equality and Gay Rights in Washington

Washington became one of the first three states, along with Maine and Maryland, to enact same-sex marriage at the ballot box when voters approved Referendum 74 on November 6, 2012. (Other states had l...

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Martin, Clarence Daniel (1886-1955)

Clarence Martin served as Washington's 11th governor between 1933 and 1941. Elected near the nadir of the Great Depression, he proved to be one of the state's most effective governors of the twentieth...

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Martinis, John (1930-2013)

John Martinis served Everett and Snohomish County in a number of public offices between 1967 and 1991. His early roots in commercial and sports fishing instilled in him a desire to protect natural res...

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Mason, Dawn Taylor (b. 1945)

Democrat Dawn Mason served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999, representing the 37th District encompassing much of Central and Southeast Seattle. She was assistant mino...

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Maxie, Peggy (b. 1936)

Peggy Joan Maxie was the first African American woman to be elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. As a Representative from the 37th District in Seattle she served for six consecuti...

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May, Catherine Dean Barnes (Bedell) (1914-2004)

Catherine May was the first woman elected to Congress from Washington state and one of the few women of her generation to win national office without first being appointed to replace a husband. A cons...

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Mayors of Everett (Snohomish County)

Everett, the Puget Sound port city that is now the county seat and largest city in Snohomish County, incorporated in 1893 and elected Thomas Dwyer as its first mayor that same year. The office of mayo...

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McDermott, Jim (b. 1936)

Jim McDermott was a titan in Washington state and national politics for nearly 50 years. An Illinois-born doctor who served in the U.S. Navy as a psychiatrist during the Vietnam War, McDermott made hi...

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McGraw, John H. (1850-1910)

John H. McGraw was elected Washington state's second governor in 1892. He arrived in Seattle from Maine during the 1870s at the age of 26, and got a job as a clerk in the Occidental Hotel. He joined S...

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McIver, Richard J. (1941-2013)

Richard Jeffrey McIver (1941-2013), a Seattle city councilman from 1997 to 2009, was descended from African American settlers who came to the Northwest in the nineteenth century. He was born in Seattl...

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