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Frank Fitts: An episode in his life that led him to be a dedicated Public Power Advocate

Frank Fitts (1884-1967) grew up in Seattle at the turn of the twentieth century. He was a founder of the Phinney Ridge Improvement Association which worked to extend electrical service in Seattle's No...

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Furth, Jacob (1840-1914)

Jacob Furth played a pivotal role in the development of Seattle's public transportation and electric power infrastructure, and he was the founder of Seattle National Bank. As the agent for the utiliti...

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Gale, Diana (b. 1941)

Diana Hadden Gale first began public service in the City of Seattle in 1977 and worked for the city for 25 years, 20 of them as a department head or division director. During her long and illustrious...

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Gardner, William Booth (1936-2013)

Booth Gardner, Washington’s charismatic 19th governor, was a collection of complex contradictions. He exuded genuine warmth while dogged by demons. A privileged childhood was pockmarked by emotional...

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Gatzert, Bailey (1829-1893)

In 1875, Bailey Gatzert became the first and to date (2005) only Jewish mayor of Seattle. Gatzert was partner and general manager of Schwabacher and Co., one of Seattle's earliest hardware and general...

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Gayton, Gary David (b. 1933)

Gary David Gayton, a prominent Seattle lawyer and businessman, is the fourth child of John J. (Jacob) Gayton (1899-1969) and Virginia Clark Gayton (1902-1993). He is the grandson of Seattle pioneers J...

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Gayton, John Jacob (1899-1969 )

John Jacob Gayton, the oldest child of black pioneers John T. Gayton (1866-1954) and Magnolia Scott Gayton (1880-1954), was a leader in the African American community and raised eight children who hav...

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George Benson: Seattle's Favorite Unpolitician

This appreciation was written by Walt Crowley in 2003 while assisting George Benson in organizing and publishing a memoir for his family. A popular Capitol Hill druggist, brass band musician, and five...

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Gill, Hiram C. (1866-1919)

Hiram C. Gill served as a Seattle City Councilman for 12 years and as mayor twice. His support for an "open-town" where "vice" carried on in brothels, gambling parlors, and saloons went unsuppressed, ...

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Gipson, Carl (b. 1924)

Carl C. Gipson traveled a winding and often-difficult path from his birth in the Deep South to a long career of public service in Everett. Born in rural Arkansas, he attended high school in Little Roc...

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Gissberg, William (1922-2002)

William Gissberg was a powerful Democratic senator in the Washington State Senate between 1953 and 1973. Blunt, outspoken, a hard-charging man, many of his contemporaries considered him to be among t...

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Gobin, Bernie (1930-2009)

Bernie "Kai Kai" Gobin (his Indian name means "blue jay" or "wise one") was a fisherman, artist, musician, and political leader on the Tulalip Reservation, where he lived most of his life. Gobin's for...

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