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Alexander Cummings

Added by yongli on 02/11/2022 - 10:07, last changed on 11/12/2022 - 08:48
Appointed by President Andrew Johnson in 1865, Alexander Cummings (1810–79) was the third governor of the Territory of Colorado . Originally from Pennsylvania, Cummings gained his office as governor in 1865 largely because he served the Union during the Civil War . His time in office was fraught...

John Evans

Added by yongli on 01/16/2020 - 15:22, last changed on 11/15/2022 - 09:39

John Evans

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John Evans (1814–97) served as second governor of Colorado Territory , from 1862 to 1865. His role in precipitating the massacre of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians at Sand Creek in November 1864 forced him to resign. A doctor and Methodist minister who helped found Northwestern University in...

John L. Routt

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 16:41, last changed on 11/12/2022 - 18:45
John Long Routt (1826–1907) was Colorado’s last territorial governor and first state governor. A popular politician, he was elected to two separate, two-year terms as governor and is remembered for his leadership in bringing Colorado to statehood . He supported the cause of women’s suffrage in...

Samuel Elbert

Added by Nick Johnson on 11/19/2022 - 08:59, last changed on 12/03/2022 - 10:42
Samuel Hitt Elbert (1833–99) was the sixth governor of the Colorado Territory (1873–74) and was elected as one of the first justices on the Colorado Supreme Court after statehood in 1876. The son-in-law of territorial governor and businessman John Evans , Elbert held multiple positions in Colorado...

William Gilpin

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 15:10, last changed on 11/12/2022 - 09:49
William Gilpin (1815–94) served as the first governor of Colorado Territory in 1861–62. A gifted speaker with a flair for the dramatic, Gilpin was a firm believer in Manifest Destiny and in Colorado’s importance to the young American West. As governor during the Civil War , Gilpin illegally raised...
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