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ETHS grad and former U.S. senator dies

An ETHS grad and descendant of a Massachusetts fishing family who became a U.S. senator from Washington state has died.

Slade Gorton.

Slade Gorton, an Evanston Township High School graduate who served three terms as a Republican U.S. senator from Washington state, died Wednesday at age 92.

The Seattle Times reports he had been in hospice care and died at his daughter’s home after a brief illness.

Gorton was a descendant of the Slade Gorton who founded what’s now known as the Gorton’s of Gloucester seafood company.

He was born in Chicago and raised in Evanston.

Former Evanston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jonathan Perman says Gorton was a “reminder of a time when the U.S. Senate was a much less divisive body and members endeavored to compromise rather than tear each other down.”

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