Human Rights Pioneer--Ezra Meeker, 1858

As a young man in his early 20's, Ezra Meeker came to Puget Sound with his wife Eliza Jane, their little boy Marion and Ezra's older brother, Orville. Ezra quickly became one of the leading citizens of Washington Territory. He led the settlers in rebellion against Gov. Isaac Ingalls Stevens. All his life, he was deeply involved in civic affairs. He founded the city of Puyallup and was instrumental in making sure that historical markers were placed along the Oregon Trail. Known for his fair treatment of the Native Americans, he is still respected by them today.

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