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Maynard, Dr. David Swinson (1808-1873)

David S. "Doc" Maynard was a colorful and influential figure in King County's early history. Historian Bill Speidel anointed him "The Man Who Invented Seattle." On the advice of Chief Seattle, Maynard...

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McAdoo, Benjamin (1920-1981)

Benjamin F. McAdoo was the first African American architect to maintain a practice in the state of Washington. He was a local civic leader and national advocate for the advancement of low-cost housing...

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McBride, Ella E. (1862-1965)

Ella E. McBride was an internationally noted fine-art photographer, as well as an avid mountain climber, environmentalist, and civic leader. For about eight years she managed the photography studio o...

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McCarthy, Mary (1912-1989)

Mary McCarthy was an American writer and one of the twentieth century's most prominent American intellectuals. Her considerable body of work includes essays, fiction, journalism, criticism, and memoi...

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McClary, Harold W. (1907-1994)

Harold "Stork" McClary, a six-foot-seven-inch center for the University of Washington Huskies in the late 1920s and early 1930s, was one of basketball's first talented "big men." In the 1928, 1929 and...

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McCracken, Philip (b. 1928)

Artist Philip McCracken, known mostly for his bird and animal sculptures, was reared in Anacortes and began studying pre-law at the University of Washington. After his stint as an army reservist durin...

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McCroskey, Virgil Talmadge (1876-1970)

Virgil Talmadge McCroskey comes closer than anyone to being Eastern Washington's equivalent of conservationist John Muir. The son of pioneers who homesteaded near the village of Steptoe, some eight mi...

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McCune, Calmar (1911-1996)

Calmar M. "Cal" McCune was a leading attorney and civic activist in Seattle's University District in the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Polk, Nebraska, in 1911, he moved to Seattle in 1932 to study law at t...

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McCune, Don (1918-1993)

Don McCune was renowned as TV's Captain Puget. In this People's History, Garry Christenson and "Captain Puget's" wife. Linda McCune recall his life.

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McCurdy, H. W. (1899-1989)

Horace Winslow ("H. W.") McCurdy was a shipbuilder, bridge builder, civic leader, native Washingtonian, and most enduringly a supporter of maritime research and maritime collecting in the Pacific Nort...

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McDermott, Jim (b. 1936)

Jim McDermott was a titan in Washington state and national politics for nearly 50 years. An Illinois-born doctor who served in the U.S. Navy as a psychiatrist during the Vietnam War, McDermott made hi...

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McDonald, Finan (1782-1851)

Finan McDonald, one of the most colorful characters of the early fur trade period in the Northwest, crossed the Continental Divide in modern-day Alberta and reached the upper Columbia River in 1807 as...

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McDonald, Lucile S. (1898-1992)

Lucile Saunders McDonald distinguished herself in the fields of journalism and popular history through a prolific lifetime career that produced several thousand news features and columns, 13 published...

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McGaffin, Donald Edward "Don" (1926-2005)

Donald E. "Don" McGaffin pursued a full, often-controversial 30-year-career as an investigative reporter and commentator, including 16 years in Seattle, where he was a major player in the golden years...

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McGraw, John H. (1850-1910)

John H. McGraw was elected Washington state's second governor in 1892. He arrived in Seattle from Maine during the 1870s at the age of 26, and got a job as a clerk in the Occidental Hotel. He joined S...

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McIver, Richard J. (1941-2013)

Richard Jeffrey McIver (1941-2013), a Seattle city councilman from 1997 to 2009, was descended from African American settlers who came to the Northwest in the nineteenth century. He was born in Seattl...

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McKay, Charles (1828-1918)

Charles McKay was among the earliest and most colorful of the U.S. settlers on San Juan Island, located in far northwest Washington between the mainland and Vancouver Island, Canada. After years of ad...

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McKay, William O. (1887-1956)

William O. McKay was a Seattle automobile dealer and civic leader, involved in Community Fund drives, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and automobile-business organizations. He was involved in Seattl...

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McKinney, Samuel Berry (1926-2018)

Reverend Samuel Berry McKinney served as pastor of Seattle's Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 until his retirement in 1998 and provided the longest continuous pastorship in the history of the churc...

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McLoughlin, John (1784-1857)

John McLoughlin was once the most powerful man in the Pacific Northwest. As Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia District from 1824 until 1846, he ruled a domain that stretched from the...

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McMichael, Ed "Tuba Man" (1955-2008)

With a brassy "street name" like that of some improbable superhero, Ed "Tuba Man" McMichael, made a remarkable impact on his fellow townsfolk during a two-decade-long career as a Seattle musician who ...

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McNaughton, Stanley O. (1921-1998)

Seattle business leader and philanthropist Stanley Otto McNaughton held positions with Seattle University and Safeco Insurance before he was in 1961 recruited by Robert J. Handy (1901-1984) to help re...

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McRoberts, Patrick (1952-2010)

Patrick McRoberts was a writer, editor, public affairs consultant and political strategist, a biographer, historian, musician, cultural vivant and gadfly, spiritual advisor in the way of the Tao, and ...

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Meany, Edmond Stephen (1862-1935)

Edmond Meany was one of the University of Washington's most notable history professors. His passion for state history helped promote the region at the 1893 Columbian Exposition and at the 1909 Alaska-...

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