George Alfred Carlson
|George Alfred Carlson|
|20th Governor of the State of Colorado|
|Lieutenant||Moses E. Lewis|
|Preceded by||Elias M. Ammons|
|Succeeded by||Julius C. Gunter|
October 23, 1876|
|Died||December 6, 1926
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.