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GOVERNOR WILLIAM H. "BILLY" ADAMS - SIGNATURE(S) 09/17/1927 - DOCUMENT 345129

 

WILLIAM H. ADAMS

The 25th Governor of Colorado signs this 3x2 card in blue ink

Signature: "Willie H. Adams" in blue ink. 3x2. William Herbert Adams (1861-1954) was Colorado's 25th governor and first governor to be elected to three consecutive terms. He was born on February 15, 1861 at Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. William was a brother to Alva, who also served as Governor of Colorado (1887-1889, 1897-1899, 1905-1905). His family moved to Colorado when one of his brothers fell ill with tuberculosis in 1871. He had a limited education, and eventually became self-educated in numerous subjects, such as history, government, economics, and law. Adams first entered politics in 1883, when he was elected Treasurer of Alamosa. He served as Mayor of Alamosa in 1885, was elected Commissioner of Conejos County, and in 1883 was one of the coordinators of the San Luis Canal near Alamosa. William was a Representative to the Colorado Legislature from 1886 to 1888, and was elected to the Colorado Senate, serving from 1888 to 1927. On November 2, 1926, he was elected Governor of Colorado, and on January 11, 1927 he was sworn into office. Adams was reelected to the Governor's office in 1928, and again in 1930. During his tenure, the Colorado Agricultural College was established, as well as the Western State College and the Colorado Teachers' College. Funding was approved for improvements at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado. Adams' administration also advocated economizing the state's finances, and endorsing funding for two-year periods only. He left office on January 10, 1933, retiring from public service. Adams died on February 3, 1954, and is buried at the Alamosa Cemetery. Toned. Tape residue and pencil notations on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

 



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GOVERNOR WILLIAM H. ADAMS
Born: February 15, 1861 in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
Died: February 4, 1954 in Alamosa, Colorado



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