Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Anti-Chinese Riots, the Hallers, and the King County Bar Association

February 2022 Bar Bulletin

By Lynn Hyde and Mark A. Griffin

When anti-Chinese rioting broke out on February 8, 1886, Territorial Governor Watson Squire declared martial law in the City of Seattle and gave command of the military forces to 67-year-old Colonel Granville Haller, who came out of retirement to restore order. Gov. Squire, who happened to be in Seattle on that date, commissioned Haller as Colonel in the National Guard of Washington Territory, appointing him Assistant Adjutant-General. Haller, a seasoned career U.S. Army officer and Civil War veteran, was a prominent figure in the Territory and recent resident of Seattle. At the time, the Haller family,...

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