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Governors of Colorado, 1876-2019 (May be incomplete!)
John L. Routt 1876-79 Frederick W. Pitkin 1879-83 James B. Grant 1883-85 Benjamin Harrison Eaton 1885-87 Alva Adams 1887-89 Job Adams Cooper 1889-91 John L. Routt 1891-93 Davis H. Waite 1893-95 Albert Wills McIntire 1895-97 Alva Adams 1897-99 Charles S. Thomas 1899-1901 James B. Orman 1901-03 James H. Peabody 1903-05 Alva Adams 1905 James H. Peabody 1905 Jesse F. McDonald 1905-07 Henry A. Buchtel 1907-09 John F. Shafroth 1909-13 Elias Milton Ammons 1913-15 George A. Carlson 1915-17 Julius Caldeen Gunter 1917-19 Oliver H. Shoup 1919-23 William E. Sweet 1923-25 Clarence J. Morley 1925-27 William H. Adams 1927-33 Edwin C. Johnson 1933-37 Raymond Herbert Talbot 1937 Teller Ammons 1937-39 Ralph L. Carr 1939-43 John C. Vivian 1943-47 W. Lee Knous 1947-50 Walter W. Johnson 1950-51 Daniel I. J. Thornton 1951-55 Edwin C. Johnson 1955-57 Stephen L. R. McNichols 1957-63 John A. Love 1963-73 John D. Vanderhoof 1973-75 Richard D. Lamm 1975-87 Roy R. Romer 1987-99 Bill Owens 1999-2007 Bill Ritter 2007-11 John Hickenlooper 2011-19 Jared Polis 2019-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1888: Thomas M. Patterson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1892: Davis H. Waite, elected.
  • 1894: Charles S. Thomas (Dem), defeated.
  • 1896: Morton S. Bailey (Dem), defeated; George W. Allen (Rep), defeated.
  • 1902: James H. Peabody (Rep), elected.
  • 1912: Edward P. Costigan (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1914: Samuel D. Nicholson (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1914: Edward P. Costigan (Progressive), defeated; Thomas M. Patterson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1916: Samuel D. Nicholson (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1922: Benjamin L. Jefferson (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Clarence J. Morley (Rep), elected; William E. Sweet (Rep), defeated; J. Frank Coss (Farmer-Labor), defeated; William R. Dietrich (Workers), defeated; Louis E. Leeder (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1926: John F. Vivian (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1928: William L. Boatright (Rep), defeated.
  • 1930: Robert F. Rockwell (Rep), defeated.
  • 1942: Homer F. Bedford (Dem), defeated.
  • 1952: John W. Metzger (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956: Donald G. Brotzman (Rep), defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Palmer L. Burch (Rep), defeated.
  • 1966: Robert L. Knous (Dem), defeated.
  • 1970: Earl F. Dodge (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1974: Bill Daniels (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1974: Earl F. Dodge (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1978: Earl F. Dodge (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1982: Earl F. Dodge (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1986: Earl F. Dodge (Prohibition), defeated; Roy R. Romer (Dem), elected.
  • 1990: Roy R. Romer (Dem), elected.
  • 1994: Bruce Benson (Rep), defeated; Roy R. Romer (Dem), elected; Earl F. Dodge (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Bill Owens (Rep), elected; Gail S. Schoettler (Dem), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Rollie Heath (Dem), defeated; Bill Owens (Rep), elected.
  • 2006: Bob Beauprez (Rep), defeated.
  • 2010: Tom Tancredo (American Constitution), defeated.
  • 2014: Tom Tancredo (Rep), defeated in primary.
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