William Farrand Prosser

William Farrand Prosser

Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Sep 1911 (aged 77)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Plot Lot 279A, Grave E1/2
Memorial ID 10768 · View Source
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US Congressman, Western Pioneer. He was a school teacher and a surveyor, when he moved to California in 1854, to engage mining. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1861 and upon the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in the Union Army. He served throughout the war, was promoted through the ranks to Colonel and saw action in many battles. After the war, he settled on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee and served as a Tennessee House of Representatives, (1867-69). In 1869, he was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress, serving until 1871. An candidate for reelection, he served as postmaster of Nashville (1872-75), director of the Tennessee, Edgefield & Kentucky Railroad and was one of the State commissioners to the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876. In 1879, President Hayes appointed him special agent for the Interior Department of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and moved to Washington State. There he established the first trading post at Yakima Falls in 1882, which became the town Prosser, Washington, in 1899. He also brought irrigation to the area giving the farmers more options for the crops they grew. By 1910, he brought electricity and the telephone, to the town of Prosser. He was chairman of the Washington State harbor line commission, Mayor of North Yakima and City treasurer of Seattle, until his death at age 77.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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