|Asa Mercer, First President of the Territorial University of Washington. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.|
Mercer made two trips, and the first batch of "Mercer Girls" arrived in Seattle 150 years ago this month, on May 16, 1864, to a grand welcome on the grounds of the University. Mercer even married one of the Mercer Girls himself! You can learn more by checking out Mercer's Belles: The Journal of a Reporter from Suzzallo Library or an article entitled "The Story of the Mercer Expeditions" from the Washington Historical Quarterly.