War Between the States

Civil War Speaker of the Colorado Territorial House of Representatives

U.S. Congressman and Senator from Colorado


(1825-86) Born in Niagra County, N.Y., he attended the public schools of Lockport, N.Y., and moved to Adrian, Michigan, in 1844, where he taught school and clerked in a store. He later moved to Elmwood, Kansas, where he engaged in banking and the real estate business. He moved once again, this time to the Colorado Territory in 1860, where he engaged in mining and stamp mill operations at Lake Gulch. During the Civil War, he was a member of the Colorado Territorial House of Representatives, 1861-63, serving as speaker of the house in 1863. He was one of the founders of the city of Denver, Colorado, and served as president of the First National Bank of Denver, from 1865-80. He served as U.S. Congressman, 1871-75; and U.S. Senator, 1876-79. He was the chairman of the Republican State executive committee in 1884.

Signature: 4 x 5/8, in ink, mounted to slightly larger archival mat.

Autograph Jerome B. Chaffee

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