Mark Twain’s Seattle Doppelgänger

~posted by Jade D.

While looking through the portraits in our Seattle Historical Photograph Collection online, I came upon a photograph of an older man with wild white hair and a moustache and momentarily wondered what we were doing with a photograph of Mark Twain in our collection. After performing this double take, I looked more closely at the photograph to see that it was in fact a portrait of Seattle Mayor Thomas J. Humes. Humes was first elected to office by the City Council in 1897 to fill the unfulfilled term of William D. Wood, who resigned in favor of seeking his fortune during the Klondike Gold Rush.  On March 13, 1900 Humes was re-elected, this time by popular vote. Continue reading “Mark Twain’s Seattle Doppelgänger”