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  • Walter Walford Johnson, Governor (1904 - 1987)
    Walfred Johnson (April 16, 1904 – March 23, 1987) was a United States businessman and Democratic politician who served as the 32nd Governor of the State of Colorado from 1950 to 1951.Walter Walfred Joh...
  • John Charles Vivian, Governor (1887 - 1964)
    Charles Vivian (June 30, 1887 – February 10, 1964) was a United States attorney, journalist, and Republican politician who served as the 30th Governor of the State of Colorado from 1943 to 1947. He was...
  • George Alfred Carlson, Governor (1876 - 1926)
    George Alfred Carlson was born on October 23, 1876, in Alta, Iowa, of parents who emigrated from Sweden. The family moved to Colorado in 1881 and established a home in Villa Park, a suburb of Denver. C...
  • Governor John Wright Hickenlooper, Jr.
    John Wright Hickenlooper, Jr. (born February 7, 1952) is a member of the Democratic Party and the 42nd and current Governor of Colorado. Hickenlooper has served as Governor since 2011. He serves as a m...
  • John Arthur Love, Governor (1916 - 2002)
    Arthur Love (November 29, 1916 – January 21, 2002) was a United States attorney and Republican politician who served as the 36th Governor of the State of Colorado from 1963 to 1973.John Arthur Love was...

The self-proclaimed Provisional Government of the Territory of Jefferson was organized on November 7, 1859. Jefferson Territory included all of present-day Colorado, but extended about 3 miles (5 km) farther east, 138 miles (222 km) farther north, and about 50 miles (80 km) farther west. The territory was never recognized by the federal government in the tumultuous days before the American Civil War. The Jefferson Territory had only one governor, Robert Williamson Steele, a pro-union Democrat elected by popular vote. He proclaimed the territory dissolved on June 6, 1861, several months after the official formation of the Colorado Territory, but only days after the arrival of its first governor.

Governors of the Territory of Colorado

The Territory of Colorado was organized 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.

  • William Gilpin (25 March 1861 - 26 March 1862)
  • John Evans (26 March 1862 - 17 October 1865)
  • Alexander Cummings (17 October 1865 - 24 April 1867)
  • Alexander Cameron Hunt (24 April 1867 - 14 June 1869)
  • Edward M. McCook (14 June 1869 - 1873)
  • Samuel Hitt Elbert (4 April 1873 - 1874)
  • Edward M. McCook (19 June 1874 - 29 March 1875)
  • John Long Routt (29 March 1875 - 1 August 1876)

List of Governors of the State of Colorado

Governors of the State of Colorado

To serve as Governor, one must be at least 30 years old, be a citizen of the United States, and have been a resident of the state for at least two years prior to election. The state constitution of 1876 originally called for election of the governor every two years, with their term beginning on the second Tuesday of the January following the election. An amendment passed in 1956, taking effect in 1959, increased terms to four years. Originally, there was no term limit applied to the governor; a 1990 amendment allowed governors to succeed themselves only once. There is however no limit on the total number of terms one may serve as long as one who has served the two term limit is out of office for four years.

Should the office of governor become vacant, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. If both the offices governor and lieutenant governor are vacant, the line of succession moves down through the senior members of the state senate and state house of representatives of the same party as the governor. The lieutenant governor was elected separately from the governor until a 1968 amendment to the constitution made it so that they are elected on the same ticket.