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Mysql Select distinct value from one column when selecting from two columns

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I am using perl to script against mysql. I want to select two columns from a table and make sure that the only columns are returned that have distinct values in one of the columns.

select distinc column1, column2 from table;

This will return a distinct combination of the two colunms, wich is not what I want. For instance:
a 1
a 2
a 5
b 1
c 3

Every row above is distinct, but I want only rows that are distinct in the first column:
a 1
b 1
c 3

Is that possible, if so how?
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