Some notable Colorado governors include William Gilpin, John Long Routt and Alva Adams. William Gilpin served as Colorado’s first territorial governor from 1860 to 1861. He organized volunteer regiments that successfully repelled several Confederate attacks during the Civil War.
John Long Routt was Colorado’s last territorial governor, and he served two non-consecutive terms as the state’s first and seventh governor from 1876 to 1879 and from 1891 to 1893. He was an early supporter of women’s suffrage and was influential in securing statehood for the Colorado territory.
Alva Adams won election to three non-consecutive terms as the state’s fifth, 10th and 14th governor. He gained widespread support for peacefully settling labor disputes and conflicts with Native Americans during his tenure.