Jesse Fuller McDonald

Jesse Fuller McDonald ( * June 30, 1858 in Ashtabula, Ohio, † February 25, 1942 in Denver, Colorado ) was an American politician ( Republican) and from 1905 to 1907 the 15th Governor of the State of Colorado.

Early years and political rise

Jesse McDonald attended the local schools of his home in Ohio. He studied civil engineering and land surveying. In 1879 he moved to Leadville, Colorado. There he went into the mining business. Five years later he founded with a partner, a company that became the owner of some lucrative mines in Colorado.

Between 1899 and 1905, McDonald was mayor of Leadville, since 1902, he was also a member of the Senate from Colorado. In the disputed gubernatorial election of 1904, he was elected lieutenant governor. In these elections the Democrat Alva Adams was elected against the incumbent James Hamilton Peabody for the third time as governor. The Republican majority in the Colorado General Assembly was the election but successfully challenged. Adams had to give back his being escaped in January 1905 Office on March 16. Peabody was in accordance with a compromise for a day again governor. A post he had then handed over to his deputy McDonald.

Governor of Colorado

Jesse McDonald took up his new post on March 17, 1905. During his tenure, a law was passed which made it illegal miners, to prevent other workers from entering the mines on strike in the case of strikes. He unilaterally protect the interests of employers to which he himself belonged. But he also protected the open country. Back in Colorado created six large sugar refineries, which zugutekam the country's economy. In 1906, McDonald not applied for re-election. Therefore, he resigned from his post on January 8, 1907.

Even after the end of his tenure McDonald remained politically active. In 1908 he was a candidate but again, unsuccessfully, for the office of governor. Between 1910 and 1914 he was chairman of the Republicans in Colorado. He had from 1931 to 1934 again held this position. Otherwise, he was a member employers in the mining industry in a number of regional and national associations of the mine owners. Jesse McDonald died in February 1942. He was married twice.