BETTY MACDONALD (1908- 1958), author of the national bestseller "The Egg and I," spent many years in the Seattle area.
WARREN MAGNUSON (1905-1989) went from being King County's prosecuting attorney to
congressman and finally U.S.
senator, serving from 1944 to 1981. With Henry Jackson he formed a powerful team to promote and protect the state's interests.
HARVEY MANNING (1925- ) is an environmentalist and author of classic guidebooks on hiking and camping in Western Washington.
DR. DAVID "DOC" SWINSON MAYNARD (1808-1873), the region's first medical doctor, became a close friend of Chief Seattle and named the town after him.
THE MCCAW FAMILY: Elroy McCaw mostly owned radio and TV stations, but his death in 1969 triggered dozens of claims from creditors. Craig McCaw (1949- ) took the remains of his father's business and built it into McCaw Cellular, a wireless company that was sold to AT&T in 1994 for $11.5 billion.
H.W. MCCURDY was an industrialist and father of the Museum of History & Industry. Under his guidance, Puget Sound Bridge and Dredge became a major player in bridge- and ship-
building on the West Coast.
JOHN MCGILVRA (1827-1903), developer of Madison Park, came to Seattle as U.S. attorney for the territory of Washington in the 1860s and was a primary backer of the Lake Washington Ship Canal begun in 1884.
JOHN HARTE MCGRAW (1850- 1910) was elected sheriff and protected Chinese settlers from being forced to leave Seattle by ship in 1886. He was the second governor
of Washington state.
SAMUEL MCKINNEY (1926- ), a former
minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church, is a
longtime community leader
for civil and human rights.
EDMOND MEANY (1862-1935) helped launch the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and
dedicated his life to recording and speaking about Seattle's prospects and history.
EZRA MEEKER (1830-1928) arrived in the Puget Sound region in 1853. An author, his reminiscences are fair and thorough, an antidote to pioneer mythmaking.
THE MERCER FAMILY: Asa Shinn Mercer (1839-1917) was 23 when he became the University of Washington's first teacher and its acting president in 1862. In 1863, he traveled to New England to find young women to bring to Washington, where men outnumbered women 10-to-1. Aaron Mercer (1824-1902) explored the eastern shore of Lake Washington in 1869 and settled his family on the Mercer Slough.
ROBERT MORAN built the first Seattle shipyard in the 1880s. He was mayor during the Great
Seattle Fire of 1889 and led the city's rebuilding.
MURRAY MORGAN (1916-2000), an expert on regional history, wrote "Skid Road," a vibrant, informal portrait of Seattle.
FUJIMATSU AND TOMIO MORIGUCHI: Fujimatsu Moriguchi founded
Uwajimaya, the largest Asian retail business in the Northwest, in 1970. Tomio, his son, led its expansion and plays a leading role in civic affairs and development of the
MARK MORRIS (1956- ) is a choreographer whose dances are lauded worldwide for their grace, humor and inventiveness.
BILL MUNCEY, hydroplane driver, won a record 62 races from 1956 to 1981, when he died in a racing accident.
THE NORDHOFF FAMILY: Josephine and Edward Nordhoff founded The Bon March´e in 1889. After Edward died in 1899, Josephine was the driving force behind this Seattle institution.
EDWIN PRATT (1930-1969) was the executive director of the Seattle Urban League and a leader for
integrated housing and education in Seattle. He was shot and killed by an unknown assailant Jan. 26, 1969.
THE NORDSTROM FAMILY: John Nordstrom (1871-1963) founded a shoe store in 1901 with his partner, Carl Wallin. In 1930, he bought out Wallin and sold the business to his three sons, Everett, Elmer and Lloyd. The apparel business is now in the hands of the third and fourth generations of Nordstroms.
CHARLES ODEGAARD (1911-1999), president of the University of Washington from 1958 to 1973, helped build the university into a nationally recognized research institution.
THE OLMSTED BROTHERS, relatives of
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), who designed Central Park in New York, designed Seattle's first system of parks and boulevards, the Washington Park Arboretum and the
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition grounds, now part of the UW campus.
FRANK OSGOOD (1852- 1934) is perhaps the "father" of Seattle's public-transportation system. His horse-drawn trolleys moved along Second Avenue beginning in 1884.
ESTHER PARISEAU "MOTHER JOSEPH" (1823-1902) designed and built hospitals and chapels throughout the Pacific Northwest. Seattle's Providence Hospital is a monument to her efforts.
ALEXANDER PANTAGES (1876-1934) was a theater magnate who owned the largest theater chain in
America, including the
Crystal Theatre on Seattle's Second Avenue, in the early 1900s.
VERNON LOUIS PARRINGTON (1871-1929), popular
English teacher at the
University of Washington, won the Pulitzer Prize for
history in 1928.
J.P. PATCHES AND GERTRUDE: The clown J.P. Patches, played by Chris Wedes (1928- ), and Gertrude, played by Bob
Newman (1932- ), entertained children from 1958 to 1981 in the longest-running children's television show in the Northwest.
ANGELO PELLEGRINI, (1904-1991) an Italian immigrant, made his mark as a
University of Washington English professor, author and food and wine expert.
THE PIGOTT FAMILY: Paul Pigott (1900-1961) purchased his father's business and expanded Pacific Car and Foundry into a larger enterprise, building railroad cars,
equipment for the logging industry and Kenworth trucks.
JOEL PRITCHARD (1925-1997) served 32 years as legislator, congressman, United Nations delegate, lieutenant governor and president of the state Senate. He also was a businessman, television commentator and inventor of the lawn game Pickleball.
NORM RICE (1943- ) was Seattle's first African-
American mayor, serving from 1990 to 1998 and helping to revitalize downtown.
CECILIA SCHULTZ (1878-1971) founded the Cecilia Schultz Artists' Series in 1935, staging events in the Moore Theatre.
She is largely responsible for
the survival of classical music in Seattle during thin times and for the promotion of opera at
ALFRED ROCHESTER (1856- 1949), a Seattle city councilman, introduced one-way streets, disabled parking and daylight-saving time. He wrote and worked for the
passage of a resolution to found the 1962 World's Fair.
THEODORE ROETHKE (1901-1963), an
English professor at the University of
Washington, won the Pulitzer Prize for
poetry in 1954.
ALBERT ROSELLINI AND VICTOR ROSELLINI: Albert Rosellini (1910- ) served as governor from 1957 to 1965. One of his first acts was to order the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge built. His brother, Victor, created Rosellini's 410 and Rosellini's Other Place, popular Seattle restaurants in the late
J.D. ROSS (1872-1939) was founder of Seattle City Light and first administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration. Under his aegis, the Skagit River's Gorge and
Diablo dams were built,
and Ross Dam, his namesake, was begun.
STAN SAYRES (1896-1956) owned and drove the Slo-Mo-Shun hydroplanes and brought boat racing to Seattle.
HOWARD SCHULTZ (1953- ) led a group that bought Starbucks from its original founders in 1987. Since then, the coffee business has grown from 17 stores to more than 4,600 outlets worldwide.
THE SCHWABACHER FAMILY: Starting in 1869, when the
dry-goods distributor ran its first local newspaper ad, the Schwabacher name became a synonym for Seattle's economic power
in the region. This Seattle retail and
wholesale giant helped supply the Klondike Gold Rush and later generations.
CHIEF SEATTLE AND PRINCESS ANGELINE: Chief Seattle (died in 1866), the namesake of the city, was a Duwamish and Suquamish Indian leader. Princess Angeline (died in 1896) was Chief Seattle's only daughter and a fixture on the streets of early Seattle. She worked as a washerwoman for settlers.
EMIL SICK (1894-1964), owner of the Rainier Brewery, bought the Seattle Indians baseball team in 1937, renamed them the Seattle Rainiers and built Sicks'
Stadium, demolished in 1979.
THE SKINNER FAMILY: David Skinner (1867-1933) started the family's Northwest
business empire with a
Bainbridge Island lumber mill in 1903. The family expanded into ship-building in World War I, then into Alaska salmon
fishing and eventually into real estate and heavy-equipment sales. David Skinner was succeeded by his son, Gilbert Skinner, who, in turn, was succeeded by his son, Ned Skinner. Paul Skinner, his son, took over in 1988.
SAM SMITH (1922-1995) was Seattle's first African-American city councilman and state legislator. He introduced the
ordinance that granted open housing to all citizens
regardless of race.
BILL SPEIDEL (1912-1988) wrote books about the Pacific Northwest. In 1965, he started the Underground Tour, which has helped the preservation efforts of the
Pioneer Square area.
VICTOR STEINBRUECK (1911-1985), a
professor in the University of Washington School of Architecture, was a leader in the effort to preserve the Pike Place Market
in the 1960s and 1970s.
ELLSWORTH STORY (1879-1960) was a Seattle architect of distinctive craftsman-
ANNA LOUISE STRONG (1885-1970) was a writer, radical journalist and a participant in the nation's first general strike, the Seattle General Strike of 1919, when 60,000 workers walked off their jobs. She was the first female member of the Seattle School Board but was removed in a recall vote.
SAMUEL STROUM (1921-2001) was known for his successful businesses (including Schuck's Auto
Supply), his enthusiastic
backing of young entrepreneurs (including Bill Gates) and for being a generous
HENRY SUZZALLO (1875- 1933) served as president of the University of Washington from 1915 to 1926. During his administration, the number of students doubled and the
campus gained eight buildings.
PAUL ALBERT THIRY (1904- 1993) was the principal architect for the 1962 World's Fair.
R.H. THOMSON (1856-1949) outlined city needs for sewers, street paving and lighting, water, electricity and transportation. He was instrumental in creating the Cedar River water system, City Light, the
Port of Seattle and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.
MARK TOBEY (1890-1976) was an internationally acclaimed artist, part of the "Northwest School."
GEORGE TSUTAKAWA (1910- 1997) created more than 75
fountains in major cities of the United States, Japan and Canada. He also was a noted painter and taught at the University of Washington for more than 30 years.
EMMETT WATSON (1918-2001) was a sports reporter, newspaper columnist, books author and in the forefront of local observers of the Seattle scene in the second half of the 20th century.
BERNIE WHITEBEAR (1937- 2000) waged a successful "invasion" of Fort Lawton in 1970, getting the U.S. government to turn over to Native Americans part of the land being set aside for Seattle's Discovery Park.
JIM WHITAKER (1929- ), the first American to climb Mount Everest, served as president of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), helping it to become one of the world's leading
retailers of outdoor equipment.
LENNY WILKENS (1937- ) was a popular player who later coached the Seattle
SuperSonics in 1979 to their only National Basketball Association title.
T.A. WILSON, Boeing CEO, saved the firm from bankruptcy by reducing the work force in the 1970s, the famous "Boeing bust."
HAZEL WOLF (1898-2000) championed many causes. First an advocate of women's rights, she went on to support labor and
BAGLEY AND VIRGINIA WRIGHT are major supporters of nonprofit arts organizations in the Seattle area.
MINORU YAMASAKI (1912-1986), architect, designed the Pacific Science Center, the IBM Building, the Rainier Tower and the World Trade Center.
HENRY YESLER (1810-1892) arrived in Seattle in 1852 and built the first steam-powered sawmill on Puget Sound. Yesler became a powerful and wealthy man, twice serving