Elias M. Ammons

Elias Milton Ammons (* July 28, 1860 in Franklin, Macon County, North Carolina, † May 20, 1925 in Denver, Colorado ) was an American politician and from 1913 to 1915 the 18th Governor of the State of Colorado.

Early years and political rise

Already moved in 1871 Elias Ammons with his family to Colorado, where he led the Denver attended high school until 1880. After that, he worked in various jobs, including the newspaper industry. After he had partially lost his eyesight due to a serious illness, he turned to cattle raising. He was the founding of the National Western Stock Show ( a cattle show ) and the livestock and Pferdezüvchtervereinigung of Colorado involved.

Ammons was also vice president of the Agriculture Committee of Colorado and in 1890 he was employed in the management of the District Court in Douglas County. In addition, he was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Littleton. Between 1890 and 1896 he was a Republican delegate in the House of Representatives from Colorado. Between 1894 and 1896 he was even President of the house. After Ammons joined by Republicans to the Democratic Party. Between 1898 and 1902 he represented his new party in the Senate from Colorado. In the years 1904 and 1906 he applied unsuccessfully to each office as Deputy Governor of Colorado. On 5 November 1912, he was elected as a Democratic candidate for the new governor of his state.

Governor of Colorado

Elias Ammons took up his new post on January 14, 1913. In his two-year tenure, he sat down for an improvement in education, and he promoted the expansion of the road network. This happened against the background of increasing automobile traffic. He also laid the foundation for state-owned parks. The election districts for the congressional elections were then re-divided. The legislation for the control of the banking and insurance sector has been revised. His name is also associated with the so-called Ludlow Massacre. This was preceded by a strike of coal miners, which led to violent clashes. Thereupon the governor mobilized the National Guard to the strikers to expel from the possession of the mine owners. The following clashes 25 people were killed. The strike finally ended in December 1914 just before the end of Ammon's tenure with a compromise.

Further CV

After the end of his tenure, Ammons withdrew from politics and went back to his private affairs. He died in May 1925., With his wife Elizabeth Fleming had Elias Ammons three children, including the son of Ammon plate, which from 1937 to 1939 should also be Governor of Colorado.