Jerome B. Chaffee
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|Jerome Bunty Chaffee|
|United States Senator
November 15, 1876 – March 3, 1879
|Succeeded by||Nathaniel P. Hill|
April 17, 1825|
Niagara County, New York
|Died||March 9, 1886
North Salem, New York
|Resting place||Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan|
He was born in Cambria, Niagara County, New York. He moved to Adrian, Michigan in 1844 and worked as a teacher until starting a dry goods business in the late 1840s. In 1852 he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, and later to Elmwood, Kansas Territory where he started banking businesses and engaged in land speculation.
In 1860 he moved to Colorado to invest in mining. He was one of the founders of the City of Denver, Colorado, and founded the First National Bank of Denver in 1865. Chaffee entered politics and helped organize the Colorado Territory, serving in its first legislature as speaker. He was the territorial delegate to the United States Congress starting in 1870.
In 1876, after Colorado was admitted to the Union, Chaffee was elected to the United States Senate. He served for the duration of his term, until 1879, but did not seek reelection due to poor health.
In 1884, Chaffee was elected state chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: Chaffee, Jerome Bunty, accessed 9 December 2005
- The National Cyclopædia of American Biography. (1929) Vol. VI New York: James T. White & Co. pp. 199-200.
- Who was Who in America, Historical Volume. (1963) Chicago: Marquis Who's Who
|United States House of Representatives|
Allen Alexander Bradford
|Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado Territory
Thomas MacDonald Patterson
|United States Senate|
|United States Senator (Class 3) from Colorado
Served alongside: Henry M. Teller
Nathaniel P. Hill