Governor of Jefferson Territory

Source: Sketches of Colorado, William Columbus Feril, 1911, transcribed by J.S.
On October 1, 1859, a convention was called to organize a provisional government, which was known as Jefferson territory. 
A full list of territorial officers were nominated, including Robert W. Steele for governor. He defeated his opponent, St. Matthew, by a good majority. 
The legislature convened in December 1859, when Steele took his seat as governor.
Later Jefferson territory was incorporated and included in the newly organized territory of Colorado, and in June 1861, Governor Steele turned over to Governor Gilpin, who had been appointed to that office, all executive authority.

Underlined names also have biographies.

Name Took office Left office Party
Robert W. Steele Dec 1859 June 1861 Democrat

Governors of the Territory of Colorado

The Territory of Colorado was formed on February 28, 1861, from parts of the territories of New Mexico, Utah, and Nebraska,
and the unorganized territory that was previously the western portion of Kansas Territory.

It had seven governors before becoming a state, one of whom served two nonconsecutive terms.

Name Took office Left office Party Appointed by
William Gilpin March 25, 1861 March 26, 1862 Republican Abraham Lincoln
John Evans March 26, 1862 October 17, 1865 Republican Abraham Lincoln
Alexander Cummings October 17, 1865 April 24, 1867 Republican Andrew Johnson
Alexander Cameron Hunt April 24, 1867 June 14, 1869 Republican Andrew Johnson
Edward M. McCook June 14, 1869 1873 Republican Ulysses S. Grant
Samuel Hitt Elbert April 4, 1873 1874 Republican Ulysses S. Grant
Edward M. McCook June 19, 1874 March 29, 1875 Republican Ulysses S. Grant
John Long Routt March 29, 1875 August 1, 1876 Republican Ulysses S. Grant

Governors of the State of Colorado

Colorado was admitted to the Union on August 1, 1876. Since then, it has had 36 governors, serving 41 distinct terms.

Name Took office Left office Party Lt. Governor
John Long Routt August 1, 1876 January 14, 1879 Republican Lafayette Head
Frederick Walker Pitkin January 14, 1879 January 9, 1883 Republican Horace Austin Warner Tabor
James Benton Grant January 9, 1883 January 13, 1885 Democratic William H. Meyer
Benjamin Harrison Eaton January 13, 1885 January 11, 1887 Republican Peter W. Breene
Alva Adams January 11, 1887 January 8, 1889 Democratic Norman H. Meldrum
Job Adams Cooper January 8, 1889 January 13, 1891 Republican William Grover Smith
John Long Routt January 13, 1891 January 10, 1893 Republican William Story
Davis Hanson Waite January 10, 1893 January 8, 1895 Populist David Hopkinson Nichols
Albert Washington McIntire January 8, 1895 January 12, 1897 Republican Jared L. Brush
Alva Adams January 12, 1897 January 10, 1899 Democratic Jared L. Brush
Charles Spalding Thomas
(also served as U.S. Senator)
January 10, 1899 January 8, 1901 Democratic Francis Patrick Carney
James Bradley Orman January 8, 1901 January 13, 1903 Democratic David Courtney Coates
Warren A. Haggott
James Hamilton Peabody January 13, 1903 January 10, 1905 Republican Jesse Fuller McDonald
Alva Adams January 10, 1905 March 17, 1905 Democratic Arthur Cornforth
James Hamilton Peabody March 17, 1905 March 17, 1905 Republican Jesse Fuller McDonald
Jesse Fuller McDonald March 17, 1905 January 8, 1907 Republican Fred W. Parks
Henry Augustus Buchtel January 8, 1907 January 12, 1909 Republican Erastus Harper
John F. Shafroth
(also served as U.S. Representative
 and U.S. Senator)
January 12, 1909 January 14, 1913 Democratic Stephen R. Fitzgarrald
Elias M. Ammons January 14, 1913 January 12, 1915 Democratic Stephen R. Fitzgarrald
George Alfred Carlson January 12, 1915 January 9, 1917 Republican Moses E. Lewis
Julius Caldeen Gunter January 9, 1917 January 14, 1919 Democratic James A. Pulliam
Oliver Henry Shoup January 14, 1919 January 9, 1923 Republican George Stepham
Earl Cooley
William Ellery Sweet January 9, 1923 January 13, 1925 Democratic Robert F. Rockwell
Clarence Morley January 13, 1925 January 11, 1927 Republican Sterling Byrd Lacy
Billy Adams January 11, 1927 January 10, 1933 Democratic George Milton Corlett
Edwin C. Johnson
Edwin C. Johnson
(also served as Colo. Rep in U.S.
House and U.S. Senator)
January 10, 1933 January 1, 1937 Democratic Ray Herbert Talbot
Ray Herbert Talbot January 1, 1937 January 12, 1937 Democratic vacant
Teller Ammons January 12, 1937 January 10, 1939 Democratic Frank J. Hayes
Ralph Lawrence Carr January 10, 1939 January 12, 1943 Republican John Charles Vivian
John Charles Vivian January 12, 1943 January 14, 1947 Republican William Eugene Higby
William Lee Knous January 14, 1947 April 15, 1950 Democratic Homer L. Pearson
Walter Walford Johnson
Walter Walford Johnson April 15, 1950 January 9, 1951 Democratic Charles P. Murphy
Daniel I.J. Thornton January 9, 1951 January 11, 1955 Republican Gordon L. Allott
Edwin C. Johnson January 11, 1955 January 8, 1957 Democratic Stephen L.R. McNichols
Stephen L.R. McNichols January 8, 1957 January 8, 1963 Democratic Frank L. Hays
Robert Lee Knous
John Arthur Love January 8, 1963 July 16, 1973 Republican Robert Lee Knous
Mark Anthony Hogan
John David Vanderhoof
John David Vanderhoof
(died Sep 19, 2013)
July 16, 1973 January 14, 1975 Republican Ted L. Strickland
Richard "Dick" Lamm
(born Sep 12, 1935)
January 14, 1975 January 13, 1987 Democratic George L. Brown
Nancy E. Dick
Roy Romer
(born Oct 31, 1928)
January 13, 1987 January 12, 1999 Democratic Mike Callihan
Samuel H. Cassidy
Gail Schoettler
Bill Owens
(born Oct 22, 1950)
January 12, 1999 January 9, 2007 Republican Joe Rogers
Jane E. Norton
Bill Ritter
(born Sep 6, 1956)
January 9, 2007 January 11, 2011 Democratic Barbara O'Brien
John Hickenlooper January 11, 2011 Incumbent Democratic Joseph A. Garcia

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