Pioneer Reminiscences of Puget Sound: The Tragedy of Leschi. Northwest History, Ezra Meeker.

Pioneer Reminiscences of Puget Sound: The Tragedy of Leschi.

Seattle: Lowman & Hanford, 1905. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Very Good copy in blue cloth binding with light wear to the extremities. This copy is inscribed, signed and dated 1905 by Ezra Meeker on the dedication page. Ezra Meeker (1830-1928) was a Washington pioneer, successful hops farmer, merchant, and an influential advocate for preserving the Oregon Trail. With his wife Eliza Jane Sumner Meeker (1834-1909) he founded the town of Puyallup on the land surrounding their small cabin. Meeker represented Washington Territory and later the state of Washington in several major expositions in America and abroad. In 1903 Meeker began collecting notes for what would become his Pioneer Reminiscences of Puget Sound: The Tragedy of Leschi. The book's publication in 1905 sparked further public brawling with his nemisis Edmond Meany on the pages of local newspapers. Meany objected to Meeker's stance that Indian Agent and Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens (1818-1862) mistreated the Indians and grossly mishandled treaty negotiations. In Meeker's view, heavy drinking contributed to what he saw as Stevens's ineptitude. Item #26732

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