John Long Routt Edit Profile
Went to Illinois in childhood. Educated district schools Sheriff McLean Company, Illinois, 1860-1862. Served, 1861-1865, as captain Company E, 94th Illinois Volumes.
In business, Bloomington, Illinois, 1865. Treasurer McLean Company, 1865-1869. United States marshal, Southern District Illinois, 1869-1871.
2d assistant postmaster general United States, 1871-1875. Appointed governor of Colorado Ty. by President Grant, 1875-1876. Elected 1st governor of state, 1876.
Mayor of Denver, 1883-1885. Again governor, 1890-1892.
Born in Eddyville, Kentucky, he served as the first and seventh from 1876 to 1879 and 1891 to 1893. He also served as Mayor of Denver, Colorado from 1883 to 1885. He died in Denver, Colorado.
Upon completion of his studies, he worked as a carpenter prior to entering elected office. Routt's blossoming public service career was abruptly interrupted by service in the American Civil War, during which acted as a captain in the 94th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Colorado Territory
U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed John Routt as the Governor of the Territory of Colorado on March 29, 1875.
Statehood had long been Colorado's primary interest. Thomas Patterson and Jerome Chaffee, in House Bill 435, initially provided for the creation of the Colorado state government. Routt's time as Territorial Governor was largely spent deliberating the contents of the Colorado state constitution.
State of Colorado
As the first governor, Routt tackled the major issues Colorado was facing at the time, including violence in and around the city of Creede, Colorado, as well as problems dealing with county valuations. At one point, he arranged a speaking tour for popular women's suffragist Susan B. Anthony and personally escorted her around the state. Following his first two terms as , Routt entered the private sector, but re-entered public service again to serve as the Mayor of Denver, Colorado from 1883 to 1885.
After unsuccessfully running for the United States Senate, Routt ran successfully for the governorship again in 1891, and served as Colorado's seventh Governor until 1893. His third term was marked by a high level of disagreement within the Republicans in Colorado's state government. Routt was buried in Denver's Riverside Cemetery.
Routt County, Colorado is named in his honor.