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Luke, Keye (1904-1991)

Growing up in Seattle, Chinese-born Keye Luke knew that he wanted to be an artist, and he did just that. To his surprise, he also became a movie, television, and stage star. In the 1930s, he played te...

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Luke, Wing (1925-1965)

Wing Luke was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1962, and became the first Chinese American from a large mainland city to hold such an office. Just three years later, in 1965, his promising polit...

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Lundin, Alfred H. (1886-1963)

Alfred H. Lundin translated his early upbringing in the old mining town of Lead, South Dakota (next to notorious Deadwood), into a successful career as King County Prosecutor, and later as a private a...

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Lynch, Marjorie Ward (1920-1977)

Marjorie Lynch served 10 years in the Washington State House of Representatives, from 1961 to 1971, representing the 14th Legislative District in Yakima County. Born in England, Lynch came to the Unit...

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MacDonald, Betty (1907-1958)

The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I, rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, and the book was made into a ser...

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Madison, Helene (1913-1970)

Between 1930 and 1932, Seattle swimmer Helene Madison owned 23 world records for swimming and won every freestyle event at the U.S. Women’s Nationals three years in a row. Madison w...

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Maestas, Roberto Felipe (1938-2010)

Roberto Maestas, raised by grandparents in rural New Mexico in subsistence circumstances and a migrant worker in his teens, was a Mexican American activist and politician. He led the occupation of a b...

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Magnuson, Warren G. (1905-1989)

Warren G. Magnuson ("Maggie" to constituents, Warren to family and friends) represented Washington in the United States Senate longer than anyone else and used his seniority and persuasive skills to e...

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Maleng, Norm (1938-2007)

Norman Kim "Norm" Maleng was King County Prosecuting Attorney for 28 years, during which he implemented legal reforms, mentored future judges and politicians, and made national news while prosecuting ...

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Maley, Anna Agnes (1872-1918)

Writer, editor and lecturer, Anna Agnes Maley arrived in Everett, Washington in September 1911 to edit The Commonwealth, the official publication of the Washington State Socialist Party. In 1912 she ...

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Manning, Harvey (1925-2006)

Harvey Manning was called a lot of things during his long and productive life, but bashful wasn't one of them. For well over 50 years, he was a combative advocate for conservation, harnessing his with...

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Manning, William Morley (1877-1944)

William Morley Manning, a native of Ontario, Canada, arrived in the Inland Northwest in 1897 to seek his fortune in the region's burgeoning mines. During the following decade, he worked as an assayer,...

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Marchioro, Karen Byus (1933-2007)

Karen Marchioro was a mover and shaker in the Washington State Democratic Party for more than four decades from the early 1970s to her death from an extended bout with cancer in 2007. She was, accordi...

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Mardesich, August P. "Augie" (1920-2016)

August P. "Augie" Mardesich was a Washington state representative from 1950 to 1962 and a Washington state senator from 1963 to 1978. He holds the rare distinction having served as both the state Hous...

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Martin, James (b. 1928)

For much of the 1970s-1990s, James Martin was pigeonholed as an eccentric character who collected eggbeaters, lived in a funky hand-built house, and made cartoonish paintings. Yet at the beginning of ...

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Mason, Alden (1919-2013)

One of the Northwest's most prolific and delightful painters, Alden Mason was influential in the Seattle art scene since the late 1940s, as an instructor at the University of Washington, an inventive ...

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Mason, Dawn Taylor (b. 1945)

Democrat Dawn Mason served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999, representing the 37th District encompassing much of Central and Southeast Seattle. She was assistant mino...

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Matthews, Reverend Mark (1867-1940)

If one person in the history of Seattle reflects the significant way in which religion infused itself into the social and political life of the city, it would be the Reverend Mark Matthews. Matthews ...

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Maxey, Carl (1924-1997)

Carl Maxey was Spokane's first prominent black attorney and an influential and controversial civil-rights leader. He was born in 1924 in Tacoma and raised as an orphan in Spokane. He overcame an almos...

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Maxie, Peggy (b. 1936)

Peggy Joan Maxie was the first African American woman to be elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. As a Representative from the 37th District in Seattle she served for six consecuti...

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Maxwell, Ora (1871-1932)

Ora L. Maxwell was a Spokane librarian who in 1915 founded the Spokane Walking Club, which would eventually evolve into the Spokane Mountaineers, one of the most important outdoors and environmental o...

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May, Catherine Dean Barnes (Bedell) (1914-2004)

Catherine May was the first woman elected to Congress from Washington state and one of the few women of her generation to win national office without first being appointed to replace a husband. A cons...

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May, Luke (1892-1965)

Luke May, known as America's Sherlock Holmes, was a pioneering "scientific detective" who moved to Seattle in 1919. He was an independent private consulting detective whose work represented a radical ...

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Maynard, Catherine Broshears (1816-1906)

Catherine Simmons Broshears Maynard was an energetic Seattle pioneer. She assisted her husband David (Doc) Maynard (1808-1873) in his several enterprises, including Seattle's first hospital. Many colo...

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