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Faussett, Alfred Irvin (1879-1948)

Alfred "Al" Faussett, logger and waterfall-jumping daredevil of Monroe, Washington, gained fame for his exploits in the 1920s -- when all across the country daredevils were taking on challenges such a...

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Fawcett, Angelo V. (1846-1928)

Angelo V. Fawcett served four terms as mayor of Tacoma, accomplishing much and frequently stirring controversy. A Civil War veteran, he left Illinois to find success in booming Tacoma, arriving there ...

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Ferguson, Emory C. (1833-1911)

Likeable to practically everyone who knew him, Emory Canda Ferguson was an authentic pioneer whose life was centrally linked to the beginnings of Snohomish County. New York born and a carpenter by tra...

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Fifield, Rev. L. Wendell (1891-1964)

The Rev. Dr. L. (Lawrence) Wendell Fifield was pastor of Seattle's Plymouth Congregational Church at 4th Avenue and University Street from 1927 to 1941. He was a leader among Seattle's ministry and...

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Finlay, Jacques Raphael "Jaco" (1768-1828)

Jacques Raphael Finlay, a Canadian fur trader commonly known as Jaco, crossed the Continental Divide in modern-day Alberta and reached the upper Columbia River during the summer of 1806. Working as an...

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Finley, Randy (b. 1942)

Randy Finley -- who became known to a generation of Seattle moviegoers for his long black beard, a habit of wearing an army jacket with his name sewn on it, and his innate ability to generate hype -- ...

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Fisher, Elmer H. (ca. 1840-1905)

Elmer H. Fisher was Seattle’s foremost commercial architect for a few years surrounding the great fire of 1889. His extensive Romanesque and Classical Revival building programs, which reflected ...

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FitzGerald, James (1910-1973)

Born in Seattle, James FitzGerald studied architecture at the University of Washington, then traveled and studied fine-art painting. During the Great Depression he worked on projects funded by the fed...

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Fletcher, Judge Betty Binns (1923-2012)

Judge Betty Binns Fletcher was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter (b. 1924) in 1979 and carried a full caseload there for 33 years, working to within days of her...

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Fletcher, Kathy (b. 1950)

A Harvard-educated biologist, Kathy Fletcher worked for the Carter White House and spent five years as a staff scientist in various environmental organizations. Since the early 1980s, she has devoted ...

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Flowers, Robert J. (b. 1943) and Micki Flowers (b. 1948)

Bob and Micki Flowers have a history of breaking down racial barriers. She was the first female African American broadcaster at KIRO television; he was the first black executive at Washington Mutual b...

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Fluke, John Maurice Sr. (1911-1984)

John M. Fluke Sr., was founder of the John Fluke Engineering Co., later known as Fluke Corp., and was a pioneer in the Pacific Northwest electronics industry. He also was deeply involved in a wide ran...

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Foley, Thomas S. (1929-2013)

Unlike many future politicians, as a child Thomas Stephen Foley never imagined himself as a future occupant of the White House, or even in Congress. Yet, as his background placed him in positions whe...

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Fortescue, Anna Clark (1888-1985)

Anna Clark Fortescue was an early resident of the Inglewood community, in what is today the northern part of the city of Sammamish (King County). Her parents arrived in Inglewood in 1906, and in 1908 ...

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Foss, Thea Christiansen (1857-1927)

A rowboat rental service founded in Tacoma by Thea Foss in 1889 and developed by her husband and relatives over the next hundred years became Foss Maritime, the largest tug and towing operation on the...

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Foster, Donald Isle (1925-2012)

The great-grandson of Oregon Trail emigrants, Donald Isle Foster hails from a solid line of Pacific Northwest pioneers. He first came to prominence in the business community as the Director of Exhibit...

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Foster, Robert J. "Bobby" (1946-1979)

Robert J. "Bobby" Foster (1946-1979) refurbished the Central Tavern in Seattle's Pioneer Square in the early 1970s and organized the area's first Mardi Gras-style "Fat Tuesday" in 1977.

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Frank, Billy Jr. (1931-2014)

Billy Frank Jr. served as chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) for most of its first 30 years. He committed his life to protecting his Nisqually people's traditional way of life ...

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Franklin, Roy (1924-2011)

Roy Franklin was a legendary island bush pilot and the primary founder of commercial aviation in the San Juan Islands, the archipelago located in Northwest Washington between the mainland and Canada's...

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Frazier, Prentis (1880-1959)

Prentis Frazier, a son of former slaves, arrived in Seattle in 1916 and operated a number of businesses which included real estate, insurance, bail bonds, and publishing.

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Freeman, Frederick Kemper Jr. (b. 1941)

A fourth-generation Washington businessman and leading Eastside real-estate baron, Kemper Freeman Jr. directed redevelopment of his father's Bellevue Square into a first-class urban mall with 200 stor...

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Friedrich, Jerzy M. (1920-2011)

Jerzy Friedrich was a Seattle resident who arrived in the Pacific Northwest in 1959. He was born in Lwow, Poland, in 1920, and his life intersected with the ravages and traumas of World War II in Euro...

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Friel, Richard "Dick" (1933-2010) and Friel, Sharon Lund (b. 1939)

Seattle's Dick and Sharon Friel, although having ambitious individual careers, are best known as successful charity auctioneers who together raised more than $300 million at some 2,600 charity and art...

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Frost, Morris H. (ca.1806-1882)

Morris H. Frost was a prominent Democrat, businessman and entrepreneur in Washington Territory. Arriving just as the territory was created, he was politically active from the beginning, gaining appoi...

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