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Previous Colorado Attorneys General

Samuel W. Jones

Samuel W. Jones

Term: 1889-1890

               In the general election of 1888, Republican Samuel W. Jones of Breckenridge defeated J. M. Abbott by a vote of 51,000 to 38,000 to become Colorado’s seventh Attorney General.[1] Jones had been an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888, at which Benjamin Harrison was nominated for President.

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Alvin Marsh

Alvin Marsh

Term: 1887-1888

               Republican Alvin Marsh was elected Attorney General in the November election of 1886 and served one term in 1887 and 1888. Marsh was born in Ontario, Canada in October 1834 and moved to Illinois in 1851. He was admitted to the bar in 1855 and set up a lucrative practice in Aurora, Illinois. He moved to Colorado in 1860, making the journey in a wagon train in the company of General John Thayer, who subsequently served as Governor and U. S. Senator in Nebraska.

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Theodore H. Thomas

Theodore H. Thomas

Term: 1885-1886

 

                In the Colorado general election of 1884, Republican Benjamin Eaton won the Governor’s race and Republican Theodore Thomas won the Attorney General’s office.

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David F. Urmy

Term: 1883-1884

(To the knowledge of our office, there are no known photographs of AG David F. Urmy)

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Charles H. Toll

Charles H. Toll

Term: 1881-1882

               By 1880 the population of Colorado had reached 195,000. In the general election that year, Charles H. Toll was elected the third Attorney General of Colorado. In its January 11, 1881 edition the Rocky Mountain News reported, “The honorable Charles H. Toll, whom fortune has favored in more ways than one, succeeds the honorable C. W. Wright as Attorney General. He will not occupy an office in the state building, but will content himself with a tenancy in the Tabor block.”

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Charles W. Wright

Charles W. Wright

Term: 1879-1880

Charles W. Wright – 1879-1880

               In the general election of 1878, Republican Charles W. Wright defeated Democrat Caldwell Yeaman 14,461 to 11,571 to become Colorado’s second Attorney General.[1] At the time of his election Wright was a partner in the prominent Denver law firm of Butler, Wright and King.

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A.J. Sampson

A.J. Sampson

Term: 1877-1878

               The residents of Colorado having overwhelmingly chosen statehood in an election on July 1, 1876, and President Grant having made it official by proclamation on August 1 of that year, it was time for the “Centennial State” to get about the business of setting up the government outlined in its constitution. The voter-approved Constitution provided that the executive department of Colorado government would include a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general.

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