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O'Brien, John L. (1911-2007)

John L. O'Brien was a state representative from southeast Seattle whose 26 terms in the House spanned the terms of nine governors. His service was highlighted by four two-year terms wielding a powerfu...

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Oregon Territory, Establishment of

European exploration of the Pacific Northwest from the late 1500s through the 1700s led to multiple and overlapping territorial claims by Spain, Russia, France, Britain, and last but not least, the ne...

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P-Patch Program (Seattle)

The P-Patch Program is Seattle's community-gardening program. It was launched in the early 1970s during a national back-to-the-earth movement. In 1970, when the first Earth Day was held, University of...

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Pacific Place Case Study: Vision, Civic Pride, and Political Courage Lead to a Revitalized Downtown Seattle

In the late 1990s, a three-block redevelopment in downtown Seattle that included construction of Pacific Place helped revitalize retail in the city core. The project, carried out by a group of Seattle...

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Paul Robeson's speech to the large crowd gathered to hear him sing at Peace Arch Park on May 18, 1952

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was a singer, actor, and political activist. This essay contains his remarks made during his historic concert at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Washington, on the United States/Ca...

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Payne, Ancil H. (1921-2004)

Ancil Payne, one of the most influential broadcasters in the Pacific Northwest, served as president and chief executive officer of King Broadcasting Company from 1971 to his retirement in 1987. The Gr...

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Pelly, Thomas M. (1902-1973)

Thomas Minor Pelly was a Seattle civic leader and a 10-term Congressional Representative for the 1st District (King and Kitsap counties). He fought to protect Puget Sound fishing interests. He was a s...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 1: Growing Up, Getting Involved, Creating Change

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 2: Running for Mayor, a New Challenge, Cultural Exchange

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 3: The Washington State Convention & Trade Center

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 4: Open Government, Seattle Commons, and Lake Union Park

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 5: MOHAI, Lake Union, and Horizon House

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Pierce County Courthouse (Tacoma), 1893-1959

The Pierce County Courthouse designed by Proctor & Dennis and built in 1893 stood as a landmark in Tacoma until its demolition in 1959. After the county seat was moved to Tacoma in 1880, Pierce Co...

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Pike/Pine Auto Row (Seattle)

Beginning in the second decade of the twentieth century, almost all of Seattle's early automobile dealerships and related businesses occupied a few square blocks on Capitol Hill, an area soon dubbed A...

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Port of Seattle, Founding of

The creation of the Port of Seattle on September 5, 1911, was the culmination of a long struggle for control of Seattle's waterfront and harbor, a struggle whose roots stretched all the way back to th...

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Port of Tacoma -- A Slideshow

The Port of Tacoma is a publicly owned and managed port district established by Pierce County voters in 1918. Today it is a leading container port, serving as a "Pacific Gateway" for trade between Asi...

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Prentice, Margarita Lopez (1931-2019)

Margarita Lopez Prentice was the first woman of Mexican heritage to serve in the state legislature. She became a member of the Washington State House of Representatives in 1988. A registered nurse, nu...

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President Taft's Visit to Olympia: A Contemporary (1911) Newspaper Account

This is an article printed in the Ledger in October 1911, reporting on the visit of United States President William Howard Taft (1857-1930) to the recently opened governor's mansion in Olympia. The go...

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Primary Election Rules in Washington State: A Brief History

The method of nominating partisan candidates for public office and the structure of the primary in Washington state have been subjects of controversy and legislation throughout the past 100 years. The...

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Pritchard, Joel M. (1925-1997)

Joel Pritchard was a Washington state legislator, U.S. representative, and Washington lieutenant governor during a 45-year political career. He grew up in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood and was an ...

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Prohibition in Washington State

In Washington -- as in the rest of the country -- the question of who, if anyone, should control, manufacture, import, possess, and consume alcoholic intoxicants has been contentious and complicated b...

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Public Port Districts in Washington: Origins

Washington has 75 public port districts, more than any other state. Each is an independent government body, run by commissioners elected by local voters. They operate major marine terminals and small ...

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Public Port Districts: Promoting Economic Development

Washington's public port districts play a critical role in the state's economy by stimulating business development and job creation that private companies cannot or do not undertake on their own. Run ...

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Pullen, Kent E. (1943-2003)

Kent Pullen served on the King County Council for 13 years representing the 9th Council District -- the southeast corner of King County. Pullen held public office in Washington state for more than 30 ...

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