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Day, William Scott (1923-1984)

William Scott Day served as a Democrat in both houses of the Washington State Legislature during a durable 22-year political career. He was born in Rockford, Illinois, but before his first birthday th...

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DeCoster, Dotty (1944-2015)

Dotty Beum DeCoster was a longtime community activist, researcher, writer, and historian based in Seattle. Over her lifetime she turned her considerable organizational and administrative skills to the...

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Dederer, Michael (1905-1995)

Michael Dederer -- "Mike" to his closest friends -- devoted his life to the Seattle Fur Exchange, building it into one of the foremost fur auctions in the country and an international presence in the ...

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DeLaCruz, Joseph "Joe" Burton (1937-2000)

Joseph "Joe" Burton DeLaCruz Jr., long-serving president of the Quinault Indian Nation, brought intelligence and charisma to the struggle to bring effective self-governance to his tribe and to Indians...

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Dellaccio, Jini (1917-2014)

Jini (pronounced "Jeanie") Dellaccio's remarkable life -- plus her sweet demeanor, stylish ways, energetic manner, and multi-faceted artistic career -- embodied certain delightful ironies: She was a M...

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Denny, Arthur Armstrong (1822-1899)

Arthur A. Denny is considered the leader of the party of immigrants who first landed at Alki (West Seattle) in 1851 and then founded the city of Seattle in 1852. On February 15, 1852, after a period a...

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Denny, David Thomas (1832-1903)

David Thomas Denny was the first member of the Denny Party (led by his older brother Arthur) to arrive in the future city of Seattle in 1851. He staked a claim to the future site of Seattle Center and...

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Denny, Orion O. (1853-1916)

Orion Denny, the first white boy born in Seattle, made careers both on the water and on the land. The son of Seattle pioneers Arthur Denny (1822-1899) and Mary (Boren) Denny (1822-1912), Orion worked ...

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DeVoe, Emma Smith (1848-1927)

Emma Smith DeVoe was a major figure in the American woman suffrage movement and a Republican Party activist. Although she spent the bulk of her political life in Washington state, she was also a paid...

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Dewitty, Thelma (1912-1977)

Thelma Dewitty was the first black teacher to be hired by the Seattle Public Schools. She joined the corps in September 1947, after intervention on her behalf by the Seattle Urban League, NAACP, the C...

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Dillard, Annie (b. 1945)

Place has primacy in the writing of Annie Dillard, and the history and geography of Washington figure notably in several of her books. Even though she resided only four years in the state, two of thos...

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Dobie, Gilmour (1879-1948), Football Coach

Gilmour Dobie was a legendary coach for the University of Washington football team. The team has been called Huskies ever since 1922, but in the Dobie era it did not have an official name or mascot. I...

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