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David F. Urmy

4th Colorado Attorney General
Term: 1883-1884

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

In the general election of 1882, Democrat James B. Grant was elected Governor, but David F. Urmy, a Republican from Pueblo, was elected Attorney General by a margin of 32,000 to 26,000 over his Democrat opponent. David Fretz Urmy was born May 1, 1846 in Haldimand County, Ontario, the youngest of twelve children. At the age of seventeen, he came to the United States with his parents and settled in New York State. In his early twenties he began a westward migration. He married Elizabeth Griffey on June 2, 1872 in Dakota City, Nebraska and they moved to Pueblo that same year. He practiced dentistry for some time and then began the study of law. He was admitted on motion to the Colorado Bar on January 28, 1879.

During his tenure as Attorney General, Urmy continued the battle to retain title to the future site of the state capitol. After leaving office in 1884, he returned to Pueblo. He was active in business, serving as Vice President of the Pueblo National Bank, which was owned by former U. S. Attorney and Territorial Attorney General, Henry Thatcher, and as an investor in real estate and mining claims. He lost most of his real estate holdings and fell ill in 1889 with two severe attacks of the grippe. He spent a year convalescing in California before returning to New York. Urmy died in Gowanda, Cattaraugus County, New York on August 18, 1894 at the age of 48.