William Rankin Ballard
Captain William Rankin Ballard (August 12, 1847 – February 4, 1929) Capt. Ballard was a Seattle pioneer, banker, and land developer. He was one of the founders of the city of Ballard, Washington (incorporated in 1890) which was later annexed to the growing city of Seattle, Washington in 1907.
William Rankin Ballard was born to Levi Ward Ballard (founder of Auburn, Washington) and Phoebe Anne McConnell August 12, 1847 in Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio He married Estella Thorndike on November 12, 1882 in Seattle, and died in Seattle February 4, 1929.
Ballard High School was named for Capt. Ballard.
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- Walt Crowley, Seattle Neighborhoods: Ballard – Thumbnail History, HistoryLink, March 31, 1999. Accessed online May 23, 2008.
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