Kit Oldham

Independent Historian

Kit Oldham is a staff historian for, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. With Walt Crowley and the HistoryLink staff, he co-authored Moving Washington Timeline: The First Century of the Washington State Department of Transportation, 1905-2005 (HistoryLink, 2005). Oldham received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1989 and is Of Counsel to the law firm of GordonDerr LLP in Seattle.

Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. (1911-1984)

Clarence Mitchell, Jr. with President Lyndon Baines Johnson Image Ownership: Public Domain Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. the chief lobbyist for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1950 to 1978 played a central role in winning passage of the landmark civil … Read MoreClarence M. Mitchell Jr. (1911-1984)

Carl Maxey (1924-1997)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Carl Maxey grew up in an orphanage and became a leading attorney, civil rights activist, and champion of the underdog.  He was adopted by a Spokane, Washington, couple immediately following his birth in Tacoma but ended up in the Spokane Children’s … Read MoreCarl Maxey (1924-1997)

George Washington (1817-1905)

George Washington was a prominent pioneer in the state named, like he was, for America’s first president.  He founded Centralia in southwest Washington and was a leading citizen and benefactor of the town.  Washington’s father was a slave, his mother of English descent.  When his … Read MoreGeorge Washington (1817-1905)