Colorado Territorial Governors

Fighting McCooks 4 bros 1865 b

Brigadier General Edward Moody McCook [seated] was part of the “Fighting McCooks,” a family that had four brothers and ten first cousins who served as Union officers in the American Civil War. Photograph: original carte de visite photograph by photographer, S. M. Fassett, Chicago.

          After its initial gold rush (1859), Colorado was known as this territory or that: Kansas, Jefferson, and Colorado, and then finally a state in 1876.  During those early years, the territory had a number of governors, many of them intriguing characters.  Like William Gilpin, appointed by Abraham Lincoln.  Gilpin believed it was the “mission” of the American people to expand westward from the country’s eastern seaboard and develop the continent’s natural resources, especially in the Colorado Territory, where he represented thousands of acres of property.  And then there was John Evans, who, today, may’ve been indicted for “war crimes” in relation to his part in the Sand Creek Massacre.  After governors Cummings and Hunt, came a most illustrious personality, Edward M. McCook, a Civil War hero from the “Fighting McCook Family.”


Governor Edward M McCook 1869 b

Colorado Territorial Governor Edward M. McCook. Carte de visite photograph, circa 1869

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Mary M. McCook, wife of Territorial Governor Edward Moody McCook, circa 1870.




Carte de visite photographs from a collection of images centered on Colorado Territorial Governor Edward McCook and his brothers-in-law, James B. Thompson and Charles Adams.









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