A state holiday honor for our first governor?

OlympiaNovember 3, 2012 

Perhaps Sept. 1 should be a state holiday in Washington because it was the day when Isaac Ingalls Stevens, who was the first appointed governor of the Washington Territory, was killed in action at the battle of Chantilly in 1862 during the American Civil War. Stevens was also a U.S. congressman, and a brigadier general at the time of his death when he fought for the Union. The man also fought in the Mexican-American War and was wounded in the battle for Mexico City.

The man had a slight appearance with a massive head atop his shoulders which gave his presence a certain kind of dignity. I don’t remember if Stevens was included in John F. Kennedy’s masterful book “Profiles of Courage,” but I think he should have been. It should be mentioned that Stevens was a true American hero who fought and died to save the Union from the Confederacy.

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