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Pratt, Sunya (1898-1986)

Exposed to Buddhism at a young age, Reverend Sunya Gladys Pratt became an important spiritual leader for Jodo Shinshu Buddhists in the Pacific Northwest. She first joined the Tacoma Buddhist Church (l...

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Prefontaine, Father Francis Xavier (1838-1909)

Father Francis Xavier Prefontaine was pioneer Seattle's first resident priest. He arrived in 1867 after a stint in Port Townsend, and built Seattle's first Roman Catholic church, Our Lady of Good Help...

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Prentice, Margarita Lopez (1931-2019)

Margarita Lopez Prentice was the first woman of Mexican heritage to serve in the state legislature. She became a member of the Washington State House of Representatives in 1988. A registered nurse, nu...

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Prestini, Leno (1906-1963)

Leno Prestini was an Italian American artist who worked as a modeler for the Washington Brick and Lime Company's terra cotta operation in Clayton (Stevens County). Prestini also fired tiles and sculpt...

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Preston, Josephine Corliss (1873-1958)

Josephine Corliss Preston was the first woman elected to Washington state government after the state's women won the right to vote in 1910. She served as the sixth State Superintendent of Public Instr...

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Priggee, Milt (b. 1953)

Milt Priggee is an editorial cartoonist based in the state of Washington. His work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, a...

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Prim, John (1898-1961)

John Edmondson Prim was the first African American to serve as deputy prosecuting attorney for King County and the first African American judge in the state.

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Prins, Ruth B. (b. 1920)

Ruth Prins was an actor and University of Washington drama teacher in 1949 when she was recruited by KING-TV owner Dorothy Bullitt (1892-1986) as talent in the fledgling station's developing education...

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Pritchard, Joel M. (1925-1997)

Joel Pritchard was a Washington state legislator, U.S. representative, and Washington lieutenant governor during a 45-year political career. He grew up in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood and was an ...

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Priteca, B. Marcus (1889-1971)

Scottish-born B. Marcus Priteca (1889-1971) arrived in Seattle around the time of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. An architect specializing in classical design, a chance encounter with vaude...

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Prosch, Thomas (1850-1915)

Thomas Prosch was a key early journalist, historian, and civic booster in Washington state. He was the son of Charles Prosch, who founded the Puget Sound Herald in Steilacoom in 1858. Thomas grew up h...

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Pullen, Kent E. (1943-2003)

Kent Pullen served on the King County Council for 13 years representing the 9th Council District -- the southeast corner of King County. Pullen held public office in Washington state for more than 30 ...

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