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Previous Colorado Attorneys General

Byron G. Rogers

Byron G. Rogers

Term: 1936-1940

               When Paul Prosser died in office, there was much speculation as to whom Governor Ed Johnson would appoint to replace him. On July 3, 1936 he chose 35-year-old Byron G. Rogers, an Assistant U. S. Attorney and former Colorado state legislator. In the ensuing decades Rogers would become a political institution in Colorado.

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Paul P. Prosser

Paul P. Prosser

Term: 1933-1936

               In the general election of 1932, Democrat Paul P. Prosser defeated Republican George Crowder by 30,000 votes to capture the Attorney General’s Office. When Prosser took office in January of 1933 the office was in transformation. Effective in 1933, the Colorado General Assembly formally created a Department of Law under the Attorney General.

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Clarence L. Ireland

Clarence L. Ireland

Term: 1931-1932

               According to the 1930 census, Colorado’s population had topped one million, although it had grown by less than 100,000 since 1920. The Attorney General’s staff numbered 27 when Clarence Ireland took office in January, 1931. Among the dozen Assistant Attorneys General who served under Ireland was a female attorney, Miss Hazel Costello. In July of 1931, Charles Roach resigned as Deputy Attorney General after many years of dedicated service, but Mr. Roach would not remain in the private sector for long.

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John S. Underwood

John S. Underwood

Term: 1930-1931

              Upon the death of Robert Winbourn, Colorado Governor William Adams appointed a 45-year-old Democrat from Lamar, John S. Underwood, to complete his term. Underwood was born in Missouri on October 29, 1884. He was educated in Pleasant Hill, Missouri and studied law in the state. He was admitted to the bar in 1909. He was the administrator of a boys’ reformatory in Bonneville, Missouri and served as Treasurer of Cooper County for four years. He came to Colorado in 1919 and settled in Lamar, in Prowers County.

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Robert E. Winbourn

Robert E. Winbourn

Term: 1929-1930

               In the general election of 1928 the Democrats retained the Governorship of Colorado with the reelection of William Adams, but the Republicans held on to the Attorney General’s Office, electing Robert E. Winbourn. Winbourn was a Colorado native, having been born in Weld County on July 2, 1882. His grandfather incorporated Fort Lupton and his father, Thomas Winbourn, was the town’s first mayor. One of Robert’s boyhood friends was Fred Farrar, who preceded him as Colorado Attorney General.

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William Boatright

William Boatright

Term: 1925-1928

               In the early 1920s, after World War I, the United States was flooded with immigrants. Many in the Protestant majority in the country viewed this as a significant threat to American ideals. The result was a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, which claimed 4.5 million members nationwide.

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Wayne C. Williams

Wayne C. Williams

Term: 1924-1925

               Upon the death of Fleming, Governor Sweet appointed 55-year-old Wayne Cullen Williams as Attorney General. Williams was an accomplished man who would become known as much for his writings as for his legal acumen.

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Russel W. Fleming

Russel W. Fleming

Term: 1923-1924

              In the 1922 general election, Democrats swept back into power in Colorado with the election of William Sweet as Governor and Russel W. Fleming as Attorney General. Fleming was born in Bainbridge, Georgia in 1879. His family was prominent in the state. His father had been an officer in the Confederate Army and became an attorney. His grandfather was a Judge. Russel Fleming was admitted to the bar at age nineteen in 1897, despite not having a college education.

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Victor E. Keyes

Victor E. Keyes

Term: 1919-1922

               Colorado’s nineteenth Attorney General, Victor E. Keyes, was born on January 16, 1879 in Oneonta, New York. He came to Colorado in 1898 and attended preparatory school in Boulder. He then completed a two-year course of study at the Teachers College (now the University of Northern Colorado). He also received an A. B. and M. A. degree from Colorado College. He served as a principal in a school in Fairplay, Colorado for two years before receiving his juris doctorate from the University of Chicago.

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Leslie E. Hubbard

Leslie E. Hubbard

Term: 1917-1918

               The general election of 1916 was a successful one for the Democrats. Julius C. Gunter was elected Governor and 37-year-old Leslie Hubbard, a protégé of Fred Farrar, was elected Attorney General.

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