George Alfred Carlson
|George Alfred Carlson|
|Carlson in 1914|
|20th Governor of the State of Colorado|
|Lieutenant||Moses E. Lewis|
|Preceded by||Elias Milton Ammons|
|Succeeded by||Julius Caldeen Gunter|
October 23, 1876|
|Died||December 6, 1926
He was born on October 23, 1876 in Alta, Iowa.
Carlson graduated from the University of Colorado in 1902 and earned his law degree there in 1904. He practiced law in Fort Collins, Colorado from 1905-08, and was district attorney in Fort Collins from 1908-14. He ran for Governor as a Republican in 1914 and won, benefiting from vote-splitting between Democrats and Progressives.
Carlson's administration was noted for labor reforms, including the passage of a workers' compensation law and the establishment of the Industrial Commission of Colorado. He also supported and signed into law a prohibition bill making Colorado a "dry state."
Carlson was defeated for reelection in 1916. After leaving office, he returned to law practice in Denver.
He died on December 6, 1926 in Denver, Colorado.