• Creator
  • Citizens' Alliance of Seattle
  • Created Date
  • 1904
  • Description
  • George F. Cotterill served as mayor, civil servant, surveyor, engineer, and moral reformer in Seattle, Washington. Born in England in 1865, Cotterill moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1884. He worked as a land, mining, and railroad surveyor, eventually surveying Seattle’s first sewer system. He also helped develop the Cedar River water supply in the 1890s. His work in public utilities launched him into the Seattle political scene. Cotterill fi... more
    George F. Cotterill served as mayor, civil servant, surveyor, engineer, and moral reformer in Seattle, Washington. Born in England in 1865, Cotterill moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1884. He worked as a land, mining, and railroad surveyor, eventually surveying Seattle’s first sewer system. He also helped develop the Cedar River water supply in the 1890s. His work in public utilities launched him into the Seattle political scene. Cotterill first ran for mayor as a Democrat in 1900; he lost this and a subsequent mayoral election. He then served on the state senate and became a well-known champion of women’s suffrage. Cotterill successfully ran for mayor of Seattle in 1912 on a platform of moral reform during a time of rampant vice and corruption. He strongly advocated temperance and attempted to regulate intense labor disputes throughout his single term as mayor. After leaving office, he worked privately as a surveyor and engineer, shaping many of the parks and pathways in Seattle,... less
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    Letter (correspondence)
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