Seattle Mayor. He served as Seattle's 29th mayor from March 18, 1912 to March 16, 1914. He immigrated to the United States in 1872 before arriving in the Pacific Northwest in 1883. He began his career as a surveyor and city engineer before switching to a career in politics. He was elected to the Washington State Senate in 1906 where he helped lead the way in organizing the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and drafting legislation to protect the city's shoreline against excessive commercial development. After serving one term as mayor, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States Senate. In 1916 he was appointed chief engineer for the state's highway department before being elected to his first of four terms as a Seattle Port's Commissioner. He finished his career as a member of the King County Assessor's Office before retiring as a civil servant at the age of 84.
Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.