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African ancestry Politicians in Colorado

  Odell Carl Barry (b. 1941) — also known as Odell C. Barry — of Northglenn, Adams County, Colo.; Westminster, Adams County, Colo. Born in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., October 10, 1941. Democrat. Professional football player for the Denver Broncos in 1964-65; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1972 (alternate), 1980, 1996, 2008; real estate agent; mayor of Northglenn, Colo., 1980-82; member of Democratic National Committee from Colorado, 1989-93. African ancestry. Member, Rotary. Still living as of 2008.
  See also Wikipedia article
  David Benjamin Bolen (b. 1923) — also known as David B. Bolen — of Colorado; Hockessin, New Castle County, Del. Born in Heflin, Webster Parish, La., December 23, 1923. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, 1974-76; Lesotho, 1974-76; Swaziland, 1974-76; East Germany, 1977-80. African ancestry. Member, U.S. Olympic track and field team, 1948. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Married to Betty Gayden.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  George Leslie Brown (b. 1926) — also known as George L. Brown — of Denver, Colo. Born in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kan., July 1, 1926. Democrat. Member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1955-56; member of Colorado state senate, 1956-75; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1968; Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 1975-79. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, American Civil Liberties Union; Sigma Delta Chi; Jaycees. Still living as of 1997.
  Victoria Buckley (1947-1999) — also known as Vikki Buckley — of Colorado. Born in Denver, Colo., November 2, 1947. Republican. Secretary of state of Colorado, 1995-99; died in office 1999. Female. African ancestry. Died, of congestive heart failure caused by heart disease, at University Hospital, Denver, Colo., July 14, 1999 (age 51 years, 254 days). Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
  Michael B. Hancock — of Denver, Colo. Born in Fort Hood, Bell County, Tex. Mayor of Denver, Colo., 2011-. African ancestry. Still living as of 2021.
  See also Ballotpedia article
  Jeremiah Haralson (1846-c.1916) — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born near Columbus, Muscogee County, Ga., April 1, 1846. Republican. Member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1870; member of Alabama state senate, 1872; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1872 (alternate), 1876; U.S. Representative from Alabama 1st District, 1875-77. African ancestry. Killed by wild animals near Denver (unknown county), Colo., about 1916 (age about 70 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Earl W. Mann — of Colorado. Member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1943. African ancestry. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Gregory McKnight — of Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colo. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1988. African ancestry. Still living as of 1988.
  Raymond Paul Moore (b. 1953) — Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., 1953. U.S. District Judge for Colorado, 2013-. African ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  See also federal judicial profile — Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  Sylvia Morgan-Smith (born c.1940) — also known as Syl Morgan-Smith — of Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colo. Born about 1940. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1988, 2004; candidate for Presidential Elector for Colorado. Female. African ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Arie Parks Taylor (1927-2003) — also known as Arie P. Taylor; "Denver's Bella Abzug" — of Denver, Colo. Born in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 1927. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1968, 1972 (alternate); member of Colorado state house of representatives 7th District, 1973-84; Denver clerk and recorder, 1991-95. Female. African ancestry. Colorado's first African-American woman legislator. Died, in Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital, Denver, Colo., September 27, 2003 (age about 76 years). Interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
  The Arie P. Taylor Municipal Center, in Denver, Colorado, is named for her.
  Wellington E. Webb — of Denver, Colo. Democrat. Mayor of Denver, Colo., 1991-2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1996, 2000, 2004; member, Credentials Committee, 2008; member of Democratic National Committee from Colorado, 2004. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2008.
  Preston White — of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1988. African ancestry. Still living as of 1988.
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