It was in January, 1888—65 years ago—that 35 lawyers met at the Territorial Capital in Olympia to form the Washington Bar Association, with Judge Elwood Evans as President. Six years later the second president, John Arthur—some of you remember him—appointed a committee consisting of Thomas Burke, Harold Preston and E. C. Hughes, of Seattle, William C. Jones of Spokane, Charles S. Fogg of Tacoma, and A. R. Coleman of Port Townsend—names illustrious in the history of the bar of this state—to prepare a program and make all arrangements for a banquet and for a "reunion of the Bar of this State," to be held in the Summer.
Philip D. Macbride,
State Bar Journal,
Report of the President,
28 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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