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Hendrix, Jimi (1942-1970)

Jimi Hendrix -- the single most famous musician to ever emerge from the Pacific Northwest's music scene -- rose from extremely humble beginnings to establish himself as perhaps the most gifted and inv...

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Hill, Andy (1962-2016)

Andy Hill was a Republican state senator from northeast King County who survived stage IV lung cancer before going on to a successful stint in the Washington State Senate. Known for his calm demeanor ...

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Hill, James J. (1838-1916)

James J. Hill, nicknamed the Empire Builder, embodied the archetypal American story of success, rising from poor dock clerk to multimillionaire railroad magnate. In time, Hill had gained control of t...

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Hill, James Jerome (1838-1916)

Joel E. Ferris, a Spokane banker, wrote this article on the life of the railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill for the Winter 1959 edition of The Pacific Northwesterner. It is here edited by David Wilma ...

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Hill, Samuel (1857-1931)

Samuel Hill made the Northwest his home for a little more than 30 years, leaving a legacy of philanthropy, monuments, and highways still visible in the twenty-first century. He made a small fortune in...

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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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Hillman, Clarence Dayton (1870-1935)

For almost 20 years beginning in 1896, Clarence Hillman was one of the most prominent businessmen and real estate developers in Seattle. His aggressive and even fraudulent sales of vacant land laid ou...

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Hirabayashi, Gordon K. (1918-2012)

In a remarkable show of personal courage, Auburn native Gordon Hirabayashi was one of handful of Japanese Americans nationwide to defy U.S. government curfew and "evacuation" orders issued in 1942 (in...

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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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Holden, Ron (1940-1997)

A self-described "dancehall singer," Ron Holden (1940-1997) was born into a prominent African American Seattle family that has long excelled in music and sports. A Garfield High School (Class of &acir...

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Holl, Steven (b. 1947)

Architect Steven Holl is the designer of two notable King County buildings, Seattle University's Chapel of St. Ignatius (completed March 1997) which won an National A.I.A. award for Design Excellence,...

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Hollingsworth, Dorothy (b. 1920)

Dorothy Hollingsworth was the first black woman in Washington state to serve on a school board. She was elected in 1975 to the Seattle School Board and was elected its president in 1979. She guided th...

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Holm, Bill (b. 1925)

Bill Holm is curator emeritus of Northwest Indian art at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, a professor emeritus of art and anthropology at the University of Washington, and o...

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Hoopii, Sol (1902-1953)

Solomon Ho'opi'i Ka'ai'ai, known as "King of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar," was an extremely gifted player, a great innovator, and an originator of the Sacred Steel movement. He sailed from Hawaii to Cal...

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Horiuchi, Paul (1906-1999)

The Northwest Artist Paul Horiuchi is renowned for the Zen-like spontaneity of his collage paintings, along with an abstract expressionist command of flat space. The layered paintings carry overtones ...

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Hornbein, Thomas (b. 1930)

Tom Hornbein is known for one of mountaineering's epic achievements: the 1963 climb of Mount Everest's West Ridge with Willi Unsoeld (1926-1979), in which the two men traversed the 29,028-foot summit ...

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Horsey, David (b. 1951)

David Horsey is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who covered political issues, society, and popular culture during a 30-year career at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. After the P...

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Horton, Dexter (1825-1904)

Illinois-raised Dexter Horton arrived in Seattle in 1853 as a member of what was called the "Bethel Party" (or Bethel Company), Seattle's second covered-wagon expedition. Horton worked in Henry Yesler...

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Houbregs, Bob (1932-2014)

Bob Houbregs is the most decorated men's basketball player in University of Washington history. A record-setting scorer and consensus All-American known for his long-range hook shot, he led the Huskie...

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Hubbard, Al (1901-1982)

Seattle has a long tradition of being at the vanguard of technological innovation, where imaginative thinkers such as Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos have transformed the world with their ideas....

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Hubbard, Walter Jr. (1924-2007)

Walter Hubbard Jr. was a Seattle-based civil rights and labor union leader, political activist, and national leader in the Roman Catholic Church. He was involved in the promotion of justice and equali...

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Huelsdonk, John (1866-1946) and Dora (1863-1947)

John Huelsdonk and his wife, Dora (Wolff) Huelsdonk, were the first settlers on the Hoh River and the Olympic Peninsula's most famous pioneers. Huelsdonk's homestead, claimed in 1891, was on the west ...

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Hughbanks, Ruth Madge Ouilette (1904-2002)

Ruth Madge Ouilette Hughbanks served as an officer of numerous community organizations in Seattle, including the board of Cornish School, the Parent-Teacher Associations of the former Webster Elementa...

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Hughes, Glenn (1894-1964)

Glenn Hughes, director of the drama program at the University of Washington for more than 30 years, gained international fame as the pioneer of "theater in the round." His experiments in a friend's pe...

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