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Hill, Tim Henry (b. 1936)

Tim Hill's political career in Washington state spanned 27 years, from 1966 to 1993, including two terms as King County executive. He served one term as a state representative for the 44th district, t...

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History Day award winner -- House UnAmerican Activities Committee: The Case of George Starkovich by Elliott Allen

Elliott Allen, of Shorecrest High School, won a special HistoryLink award in the 2006 North Puget Sound History Day competition with this account of his grandfather George Starkovich's persecution by ...

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Hodde, Charles William (1906-1999)

Charles W. Hodde left his parents' home in Missouri in 1927 and landed in Colville, Stevens County, the following year, where he found work on a dairy farm. After a short stint in Alberta, he leased t...

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Housebuilding in Seattle: A History

Housebuilding in Seattle and the surrounding region has progressed from the communal longhouses of Native Americans through the log cabins of the first settlers to simple, balloon-framed houses. Wood ...

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Huntley, Elmer C. (1915-1994)

Elmer Huntley was a Republican legislator from Whitman County, serving first in the House and later in the Senate for 14 of the 16 years between 1957 and 1973. He also served as chairman of the state ...

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Hurley, Margaret (1909-2015)

Margaret Hurley, a teacher, mother, and elected official, represented the 3rd District in Spokane in the Washington State Legislature for 32 years. She was first elected to the House of Representative...

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Hurn, Reba (1881-1967)

Spokane lawyer Reba (Rebecca Jane) Hurn was the first woman elected to the Washington State Senate, serving from 1923 to 1930. Before launching her legal and political careers, she pursued graduate w...

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Jackson, Henry M. "Scoop" (1912-1983)

Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson was one of the most successful and powerful politicians in the history of Washington state. Jackson was born and died in Everett, Snohomish County, the rough-edged industrial ...

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John Luther Murray: Synopsis of My Life

John Luther Murray (1859-1949), a longtime resident of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Northwest Washington, served as auditor and treasurer of San Juan County, as a state legislator, and as mayor...

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John Spellman: King County Politics in the Sixties, Seventies and Beyond

The long career of John Spellman (1926-2018) in local and state politics began in 1967 when he was elected a King County Commissioner. His term overlapped the controversial Forward Thrust capital impr...

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Kauffman, Claudia (b. 1959)

Claudia Kauffman was the first woman Native American elected to the Washington State Senate. She was raised in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle where her mother, Josephine, championed American ...

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Kenney, Phyllis Gutierrez (b. 1936)

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, a child of migrant workers, served eight terms in the Washington State House of Representatives. Her parents came to America in 1919 from Mexico, and from the age of 5 Kenney...

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