Miller Freeman (1875-1955)

Miller FreemanBold vision and durable achievement marked this man's life.

The editorial pages of Pacific Fisherman, which he founded in 1903, carried much of his crusade for scientific fact as the basis of managing international fisheries. He sponsored the halibut treaty and was appointed by President Coolidge to the first commission in 1924. He proposed a treaty in 1907 to save the Fraser River sockeye; not until exchange of ratification with Canada in 1937 was his "Thirty Years' War: finally won.

His gentle persuasion led the University of Washington to open the doors of a new fisheries school on April 2, 1919. To head the new and now famous College of Fisheries, he recommended former editor of Pacific Fisherman - Mr. John N. Cobb became Dean Cobb. Another Seattle- based vessel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bears his name.

Among other legacies of Miller Freeman's leverage in public affairs are the Duwamish waterway, the first Lake Washington bridge, the Lake Washington canal, a paved highway over Snoqualmie Pass, Fisherman's Terminal on Salmon Bay, and Bridle Trails State Park.

The NOAA Ship MILLER FREEMAN, the United States' largest research trawler, is an especially fitting tribute.

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Updated: April 13, 2000