THE ALHADEFF AND GOTTSTEIN FAMILIES: The Alhadeff family started Longacres Park for
thoroughbred horse racing in 1933. Joe Gottstein, a real-estate mogul, put much of his fortune into Longacres. He managed the track and later passed the reins to his son-in-law, Morrie Alhadeff.
WILLIAM ALLEN (1900-1985) assumed the presidency of Boeing in the late 1940s and turned a bomber manufacturer without a market into the world's most successful aircraft manufacturer.
PAUL ALLEN (1953- ) with Bill Gates in 1975 started Microsoft, a software business that ushered in the era of personal computers.
CAL ANDERSON (1948-1995) served four terms in the state House of Representatives and worked to protect disenfranchised
people, particularly gays and lesbians. He then was elected to the state Senate, serving until 1995, when he died of AIDS.
ERNESTINE ANDERSON (1928- ) influenced
generations of Seattle musicians as a jazz
legend who has made more than 20 albums; two have been nominated for Grammys.
FRED ANHALT (1896-1996) designed and built dozens of Seattle apartments in the 1920s and 1930s known for craftsmanship and quality.
THE BAGLEY FAMILY: Daniel Bagley (1818-1905), a Methodist minister, was president
of the land-grant commission that secured property for the University of Washington in downtown Seattle and oversaw construction of the school in 1861. His son, Clarence Bagley (1843-1934), was a writer and founder of the Washington Historical Society.
GEORGE BARTELL (1868-1956) oversaw the creation of the nation's oldest family-owned drug chain. He founded his first drugstore in 1890 at age 22.
ROBERTA BYRD BARR (1919-1993)
moderated the local TV program "Face to Face" and in 1973 became principal of
Lincoln High School, the first woman
and the first African American to be a
principal in the Seattle School District.
EDDIE BAUER (1899-1986) began selling tennis rackets in 1919. His initial $25
investment has grown into an international clothing retailer.
DAVE BECK (1894-1993), a Seattle trucker, rose to become president of the national Teamsters union. He was convicted of tax evasion in 1959 but later pardoned.
WILLIAM NATHANIEL BELL (1817-1887) arrived with the Alki Landing Party in 1851, made one of the original land claims in 1852 and developed the area known as Belltown.
JACK BENAROYA (1921- ),
a leader in warehousing and industrial parks, donated
$16 million toward the
construction of Seattle's
RICHARD BEYER (1925- ),
sculptor, whose "Waiting for the Interurban" in Fremont may be his best-known work.
JEFF BEZOS (1964- ) founded Amazon.com, often cited as the world's first large-scale Web retail business.
COL. ALDEN BLETHEN (1845-1915) purchased The
Seattle Times in 1896 and helped it become the state's largest newspaper, now run by his descendants.
WILLIAM BOEING (1881-1956) founded, in 1916 on the shores of Lake Union, the aircraft company that bears his name.
VIRGIL BOGUE (1846-1956) created
the 1911 plan for metropolitan Seattle's development, but it was voted down in 1912. He is still credited with creating the impetus to beautify and improve the city.
GEORGE BOLDT (1903-1984), federal judge, became well-known for establishing Washington Indian
fishing rights in the "Boldt Decision" in 1974.
ERASTUS BRAINERD, Seattle Chamber of Commerce publicist during the Klondike Gold Rush, helped attract newcomers who tripled the city's population in a decade.
DAVID BREWSTER (1939- ), University
of Washington English professor, founded Seattle Weekly.
HENRY BRODERICK (1880-1975) built one of the largest real-estate firms on the West Coast. In 1915, he sold the Perry Hotel to Mother Cabrini for a set of 35-cent glass rosary beads. She started a hospital in the building, later named Cabrini Hospital, which closed in 1990.
ROYAL BROUGHAM (1894- 1978) was a longtime sports columnist for the Seattle
JEFF BROTMAN (1942- ) founded Costco, a giant warehouse retailer, which became the largest Washington-based company — in terms of sales — when Boeing moved to Chicago this year.
THE BULLITT FAMILY: Dorothy Stimson Bullitt (1892-1989), daughter of the lumber industrialist C.D. Stimson (1857-1929), assumed control of her father's properties after her father and her husband died. She purchased a radio station and Seattle's first television station in the late 1940s, known today by the call letters KING. Her children — Harriet Bullitt, Stimson Bullitt and Priscilla Bullitt Collins — have carried on her public spirit.
JUDGE THOMAS BURKE (1849-1925),
attorney and eventual chief justice of the state Supreme Court, was deeply involved in local railroads, civic and political projects.
He opposed those who instigated the anti-Chinese riots of 1886.
KENNETH CALLAHAN (1905-1986) served as curator of the Seattle Art Museum while developing his reputation as a painter. He was a member of the "Northwest School" of painters, which epitomized a philosophical outlook combining Eastern religious beliefs and a deep appreciation of the cycles of nature.
RUBY CHOW (1920- ), popular restaurateur, has worked since 1949 to promote better relationships between the Chinese-American community and society at large. She
spearheaded the campaign of Wing Luke,
the first Asian-American elected to office
in Seattle, and served on the King County Council 16 years.
THE CARKEEK FAMILY: Morgan Carkeek was a stonemason whose brick and tile company could barely keep up with demand for material after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. He and his wife, Emily, donated land at Sand Point for a park in 1918 and helped
purchase the area now known as Carkeek Park. Their children, Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff and Vivian Carkeek,
continued the family philanthropy.
EDWARD "EDDIE" CARLSON (1911-1990) started as a hotel bellhop and eventually became the president and
chairman of Western International Hotels.
He served as the first president of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.
JAMES CASEY started a messenger service in 1907 when he was 19 that grew to become United Parcel Service.
HORACE AND SUSIE CAYTON: Horace (1859-1940) was the publisher and editor in the
1890s of the Seattle Republican, a leading paper voice for the African-American community. Susie (died in 1943) became a leader of the radical labor and civil-rights movements.
LEONARD COBB AND MICHAEL COPASS: In 1970, these two physicians created Medic One, a system of prehospital emergency care that became a model
followed around the world.
DALE CHIHULY (1941- ) began studying glass blowing at the University of Washington and co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood. His work is displayed in more than 190 museum collections.
HIRAM CHITTENDEN (1858-1917), an
officer in the Army Corps of Engineers and one of Seattle's first port commissioners, oversaw the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the locks that bear his name.
NORTON CLAPP (1906-1995) invested
heavily in timber, amassing more than $300 million. He once was called "the region's greatest philanthropist," giving away millions of dollars a year.
JAMES CLISE AND ANNA HERR CLISE: James (1855-1939) came here at the turn of the last century and became a property developer. His wife, Anna (1866-1936), was the founder of Children's Orthopedic Hospital.
KURT COBAIN (1967-1994), leader of
Nirvana and the grunge-music movement, which made Seattle the capital of the rock world in the early 1990s.
JAMES COLMAN (1832-1906) built a railroad to the Renton coal fields, a shipping dock on the
Seattle waterfront and a creosote plant where Union Station stands today. In 1890, he built Colman Dock, where the Washington State Ferries terminal operates today.
NELLIE CORNISH (1876-1956) founded the Cornish School of Allied Arts in 1914.
GIOVANNI COSTIGAN (1905-1985), a
University of Washington history professor in the 1960s, was devoted to the cause of peace and the environment. His "History of Modern Ireland" is essential reading on present-day Irish conflicts.
ASAHEL CURTIS AND EDWARD CURTIS:
Asahel Curtis (1874-1941) was a leading photographer and booster of the Pacific Northwest. Edward Curtis (1868-1942) was
a photographer of Native Americans in the Western United States, including Washington.
PIO DECANO SR. (1894-1976) rose to prominence by the 1930s as a cannery labor contractor and became a Filipino-American community leader. He challenged the state law barring Filipinos from owning property and won his lengthy court battle.
THE DENNY FAMILY: Arthur Armstrong Denny (1822-1899) became the acknowledged leader of a group of pioneers credited with founding Seattle in 1852 after their arrival in 1851 at Alki Point. David Thomas Denny (1832-1903), Arthur's younger
brother, and John Low were the first members of the "Denny Party" to arrive at Alki. Louisa Boren Denny (1827-1916) was Seattle's first bride when she married David Denny.
GOON DIP was a prominent 1900s businessman respon-sible for relocating Seattle's Chinatown to its present location. He helped develop economic ties to China by bringing in the labor force
to work the railroads and canneries.
WILLIAM DWYER (1929- ) was the lawyer who successfully argued Seattle's suit against Major League Baseball that led to the city getting the Mariners. He became a federal judge in 1987. Among the effects of his rulings: Hundreds of thousands of acres of old trees still stand, King County and Metro governments merged, and the state's term-limits law doesn't apply to members of Congress.