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David Swinson Maynard

Pioneer and doctor David Swinson "Doc" Maynard (1808 - March 13, 1873) settled in Seattle when it was still a small village called Duwamps. His cabin sat in what is now historic Pioneer Square. Along with William Bell, Arthur Denny, David Denny, Henry Yesler, and Carson Boren he is considered to be one of Seattle's founding fathers. He was an advocate of Native American rights and a constant supporter of Seattle, roving up and down the coast, ever hoping to attract more settlers with valuable skills. A dispute with the other founding families regarding the layout of Seattle's street grid resulted in today's tangle of streets along Yesler Way, the northern extent of his claim.

Maynard, who arrived in the Seattle area separately from the Denny Party, was of a quite different demeanor than Arthur Denny's staunch Methodists. He lived with both his wife and his ex-wife, drank liquor (while the Denny Party were mostly teetotalers) and deliberately found someone to start a good brothel in Seattle, believing that prostitution was essential to the economic success of a frontier town of that time.

Seattle's Maynard Avenue South and Maynard Alley are named in his honor, as is a Pioneer Square bar.

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