Capital: Olympia

State Nickname: Evergreen State

State Bird: Willow Goldflinch

State Flower: Rhododendron

Admitted to the Union: November 11, 1889

 
Governors

November 1, 1889 to January 9, 1893:

Elisha P. Ferry

January 9, 1893 to January 11, 1897:

John H. McGraw

January 11, 1897 to December 26, 1901:

John R. Rogers*

* Died in office

December 26, 1901 to January 9, 1905:

Henry McBride

January 9, 1905 to January 27, 1909:

Albert E. Mead

January 27, 1909 to March 28, 1909:

Samuel G. Cosgrove*

* Died in office

March 29, 1909 to January 13, 1913:

Marion E. Hay

January 11, 1913 to June 14, 1919:

Ernest Lister*

* Died in office

June 14, 1919 to January 12, 1925:

Louis F. Hart

January 12, 1925 to January 9, 1933:

Roland H. Hartley

January 9, 1933 to January 13, 1941:

Clarence D. Martin

January 13, 1941 to January 10, 1949:

Monrad C. Wallgren

January 10, 1949 to January 14, 1957:

Arthur B. Langlie

January 14, 1957 to January 11, 1965:

Albert D. Rosellini

January 11, 1965 to January 12, 1977:

Daniel J. Evans

January 12, 1977 to January 14, 1981:

Dixy Lee Ray

January 14, 1981 to January 16, 1985:

John D. Spellman

January 16, 1985 to January 13, 1993:

Booth Gardner

January 13, 1993 to January 15, 1997:

Mike Lowry

January 15, 1997 to January 12, 2005

Gary Locke

January 12, 2005 –

Christine Gregoire

 
Senators - Class I

November 20, 1889 – March 3, 1893

John Beard Allen

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1899

John Lockwood Wilson

March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1905

Addison Gardner Foster

March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911

Samuel Henry Piles

March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1923

Miles Poindexter

March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1935

Clarence Cleveland Dill

January 3, 1935 – December 16, 1940

Lewis Schwellenbach * Resigned

December 19, 1940 – January 9, 1945

Monrad Wallgren * Resigned

January 10, 1945 – December 25, 1946

Hugh Burnton Mitchell

January 3, 1953 – September 1, 1983

Henry Martin Jackson

September 1, 1983 – January 3, 1989

Daniel Jackson Evans

January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987

Thomas Slade Gorton III

January 3, 2001 –

Maria E. Cantwell

 
Senators - Class III

November 20, 1889 – March 3, 1897

Watson Carvosso Squire

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1903

George Turner

March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1909

Levi Ankeny

March 4, 1909 – November 19, 1932

Wesley Jones * Died in office

November 22, 1932 – March 3, 1933

Elijah Sherman Grammer

March 4, 1933 – November 13, 1944

Homer Truett Bone

December 14, 1944 – January 3, 1981

Warren Grant Magnuson

January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987

Thomas Slade Gorton III

January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993

Brockman Adams

January 5, 1993 –

Patricia Lynn Murray

 
State Song
Washington, My Home

Lyrics by Helen Davis
Music by Stuart Churchill

This is my country; God gave it to me;
I will protect it, ever keep it free.
Small towns and cities rest here in the sun,
Filled with our laughter, "Thy will be done."

Washington my home;
Where ever I may roam;
This is my land, my native land,
Washington, my home.
Our verdant forest green,
Caressed by silvery stream;
From mountain peak to fields of wheat.
Washington, my home.

There's peace you feel and understand
In this, our own beloved land.
We greet the day with head held high,
And forward ever is our cry.
We'll happy ever be
As people always free.
For you and me a destiny;
Washington my home.

State Population

1890: 349,390

1900: 518,103

1910: 1,141,990

1920: 1,356,621

1930: 1,563,396

1940: 1,736,191

1950: 2,378,963

1960: 2,853,214

1970: 3,413,244

1980: 4,132,156

1990: 4,866,692

2000: 5,894,141


State Capitol Building 1907
 


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