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John Hughes, author of “Julia Butler Hansen: A Trailblazing Washington Politician”

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January 14th, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


ONLINE | Mercer Island, WA 98040


In partnership with Mercer Island Historical Society, please join John Hughes, historian and author of Julia Butler Hansen: A Trailblazing Washington Politician and Ahead of the Curve as he examines the fascinating woman behind the nicknames.

In her amazing career, Congresswoman Julia Butler Hansen came to be known as “The Duchess of Cathlamet,” “The Sage of Wahkiakum County,” “The Little Old Lady in Logging Boots,” “Mrs. Highways,” or “Madame Queen.” Her name was recognizable enough that her campaign buttons eventually just said “Julia” in script, which is also how she was addressed by her constituents. From Cathlamet to Olympia to Washington, D.C., she fought for transportation, Native American and women’s rights and education. Never the token woman, she retired from Congress in 1974, undefeated in 41 consecutive elections.

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