History mystery: Do you know this man?

History mystery: Do you know this man?

A few months ago, a Digital Archives user wrote in to the Washington State Archives to ask about the identity of the man in the photo on the right.

We still can’t answer the question. Perhaps you can help.

The photo was taken by Vibert Jeffers in 1939. It comes from the Susan Parish Photograph Collection and it was given the title “Unidentified Representative.” The record further describes him as a former member of the Washington State House of Representatives.

And that’s just about all we know. We have already determined that he is not David C. Cowen. See Cowen’s photo here and note the detached earlobes.

Can you help? If you can identify this former Washington legislator, e-mail jamison.murphy@sos.wa.gov.

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