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Tilton River

The name was chosen by Gov. Isaac I. Stevens in 1857 for Maj. James Tilton, first surveyor-general of Washington Territory whose term of service ended in October, 1861. During the War of 1855-56 he served as General Officer in the Washington Territorial Volunteers. Tilton was a pro slavery Democrat whose loyalty to the union was questioned at the start of the Civil War.

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