Many public officials in Colorado were also attorneys. The following documents are examples of the oaths that some prominent Coloradans took before being admitted to the Colorado Bar. Click on the link and it will open a .pdf file.
|Wayne Aspinall - Colorado Congressional Representative for 24 years, and acted as Chairman of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee for 14 years. Aspinall was a power broker representing Colorado and the West’s use of public lands, water rights, and mineral resources. His most important single piece of legislation was the Colorado River Storage Project Act which provided many of the reservoir and dam projects after World War II.|
|Teller Ammons - State senator from 1930-1935 and Governor from 1937-1939. Introduced bill abolishing hanging as Colorado's form of capitol punishment and instrumental in passing bill to make the gas chamber the form of execution. As governor he made sure that tax funds went to the public schools instead of special interests, was involved in interstate water rights negotiations and established the State Game and Fish Department as well as the State Water Conservation Board.|
|Ralph L. Carr - Thirty-first governor of Colorado (1939-1943). Known best for his humanitarian actions concerning Japanese-Americans during World War II. His opposition towards alien land legislation ensured those of Japanese ancestry their basic freedoms, and a safe haven from the internment camps of the western coast.|
|Julius Gunter - Governor of Colorado from 1917-1919. Served as judge on the Third Judicial District bench, promoted to the Court of Appeals in 1901 and in 1904 to the Supreme Court. Was governor during WW I. He was against discrimination against German-Americans and lost another term as governor because of decisions that reflected this belief. The enclosed document is a letter of recommendation for Julius Gunter and was found in his bar admission file.|
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