Seattle Mayor. He served as mayor of Seattle, Washington from July 1878 to August 1879. Trained as an printer apprentice in a New York county newspaper, he worked briefly in the banking and mining industry before devoting his life to a career in publishing. Considered one of the best editors in the United States, he operated major newspapers in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Salem, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Sacramento, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Niles, Michigan and Olympia and Kent, Washington. He served as clerk and recorder of Iowa County, Wisconsin and as chairman of the first board of regents at the University of Wisconsin. In 1857 he ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for a seat in the United States Congress, before moving to the West Coast in 1862. Arriving in Seattle in 1870, he served as chief clerk of the Washington legislative council, clerk of the United States Territorial District Court and as president and chairman of the University of Washington board of regents.
Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.