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Moss, Harold G. (b. 1929)

Harold Gene Moss was the first African American member of both the Tacoma City Council and the Pierce County Council, and Tacoma's first African American mayor. He became active in the civil-rights mo...

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Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence (Esther Pariseau) (1823-1902)

Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence gained posthumous recognition in 1980, when the U.S. Senate accepted her statue, a gift from Washington state, for inclusion in the national Statuary Hall Co...

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Mourning Dove (Christine Quintasket) (ca. 1884-1936)

Mourning Dove was the pen name of Christine Quintasket, an Interior Salish woman who collected tribal stories among Northern Plateau peoples in the early twentieth century. She described centuries-old...

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Moyer, John (1922-2014)

Republican John Moyer was a gynecologist/obstetrician from Spokane who served three terms in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1986 to 1992 and one term in the Washington State Senate...

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Mukai, Masahiro (1911-1999)

Masahiro (Masa) Mukai was born on Vashon Island in 1911. Along with his father, he pioneered strawberry farming on the island by introducing new methods of freezing berries for sales nationwide and ov...

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Mumford, Esther Hall (b. 1941)

Esther Hall Mumford is a Seattle researcher, a writer, a publisher and an authority on the history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Her first book, Seattle's Black Victorians 1852-1901, ...

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Munro, Donald Frederick (1940-2012)

Don Munro was born in Vermont and grew up in Yakima, but it was in Seattle that he would make a lasting mark as a public servant, business entrepreneur, and supporter of the arts. Munro graduated from...

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Munter, Herbert A. (1895-1970)

Herbert A. Munter began his flying career as a teenager, with a homemade aircraft flown in 1912. He went on to become a record-setting aviator, and worked to promote both commercial and pleasure flyin...

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Nagle, John H. (1830-1897)

John H. Nagle was a Seattle pioneer whose 161-acre donation land claim is now part of the Broadway neighborhood on Capitol Hill. He was born in Germany. His family emigrated first to Hagerstown, Maryl...

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Namkung, Johsel (1919-2013)

Seattle-based photographer Johsel Namkung was born in Korea and schooled as a musician. His photographs, sharp-focused studies of nature, convey more than visual information. They carry a mood that co...

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Naramore, Floyd A. (1879-1970)

Best known for his public school designs between World War I and the Great Depression, Floyd A. Naramore was a founding principal of NBBJ, now the fifth largest architecture firm in the world. He desi...

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Narver, Betty Jane (1934-2001)

Elizabeth (Logan) "Betty Jane" Narver was the Chair of the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees and former director of the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, amon...

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Nelsen, Ibsen (1919-2001)

Ibsen Nelsen was a Seattle-based architect who designed the Museum of Flight, the Inn at the Market, and several buildings at Western Washington University in Bellingham, among other buildings. He was...

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Nickels, Gregory James (b. 1955)

Greg Nickels was the 51st mayor of Seattle, a Democrat who served two four-year terms from 2002 through 2009, following a 14-year stint on the King County Council. While he ran for mayor as one who wo...

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Nickels, Robert Charles (1925-2007)

Robert C. Nickels gave up a comfortable career at Boeing to found a successful nonprofit law firm dedicated to representing children who needed an advocate in King County Juvenile Court. He did so at ...

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Niehaus, David Arnold (1935-2010)

Dave Niehaus was the play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners baseball team for its first 34 years, from before spring training in 1977 through the end of the 2010 season. He was so popular with his...

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Nishitani, Martha (1920-2014)

Martha Nishitani was a Seattle modern dance teacher and choreographer, and one of the leading proponents of modern dance in the Pacific Northwest. Her University District studio was a fixture of Seatt...

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Nordhoff, Nancy Skinner (b. 1932)

Nancy Skinner Nordhoff is the founder of Hedgebrook, the retreat for women writers located on Whidbey Island. She is a Seattle-born philanthropist; a mother of three; a one-time pilot; and an avid bas...

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North, Lois E. Hiester (b. 1921)

Civic activist and politician Lois North was elected to the state House of Representatives in November 1968 representing the 44th District, serving portions of King and Snohomish counties. After three...

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Novoselic, Krist (b. 1965)

Krist Novoselic rose from the Pacific Northwest's 1980s underground punk rock scene to earn global fame as bassist with Nirvana -- the most impactful rock 'n' roll band of his generation. In that Aber...

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O'Brien, John L. (1911-2007)

John L. O'Brien was a state representative from southeast Seattle whose 26 terms in the House spanned the terms of nine governors. His service was highlighted by four two-year terms wielding a powerfu...

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O'Day, Pat (1934-2020)

Pat O'Day: Founding father of Northwest rock 'n' roll or the "Godfather" of the 1960s teendance scene? A vampire or the catalyst? Or all of the above? There are many Northwesterners who would debate t...

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Ogden, Peter Skene (1790-1854)

Peter Skene Ogden, a fur trader employed by both the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company, worked throughout the Columbia region during the first half of the nineteenth century. Many acquai...

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Oki, Scott (b. 1948) and Laurie

Scott and Laurie Oki took advantage of their great wealth amassed at Microsoft, Inc. to help their community. In addition to their philanthropic giving through The Oki Foundation, they are personally ...

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