• Creator
  • Burke, Thomas, 1849-1925
  • Created Date
  • 1886
  • Description
  • Watson Carvosso Squire, 1838-1926, was an attorney, Civil War veteran, industrialist, and governor of Washington Territory from 1884-1887. In 1885, anti-Chinese riots began occurring in Tacoma and Seattle. This trouble peaked on February 8, 1886, when Squire declared martial law. Following his tenure as governor, Squire served in the US Senate. On February 7, 1886, a throng of workers rounded up virtually every Chinese in Seattle and herded th... more
    Watson Carvosso Squire, 1838-1926, was an attorney, Civil War veteran, industrialist, and governor of Washington Territory from 1884-1887. In 1885, anti-Chinese riots began occurring in Tacoma and Seattle. This trouble peaked on February 8, 1886, when Squire declared martial law. Following his tenure as governor, Squire served in the US Senate. On February 7, 1886, a throng of workers rounded up virtually every Chinese in Seattle and herded them to Ocean Dock for passage out of town on a waiting steamer. Police and a contingent of the volunteer Home Guard met the mob and its frightened charges at the pier. A stalemate ensued when territorial governor Watson Squire prevented the ship from leaving. The next morning, as authorities attempted to escort people home, the mob rioted, and five agitators were shot, one fatally. less
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