Ralph Lawrence Carr
|Ralph Lawrence Carr|
|29th Governor of Colorado|
January 10, 1939 – January 12, 1943
|Lieutenant||John Charles Vivian|
|Preceded by||Teller Ammons|
|Succeeded by||John Charles Vivian|
December 11, 1887|
|Died||September 22, 1950
(2)Eleanor Fairall Howe
|Profession||lawyer, newspaper editor|
Biography and career
Born in Rosita in Custer County, he grew up in Cripple Creek in Teller County and graduated from Cripple Creek High School in 1905. A Republican, Carr was committed to fiscal restraint in state government and opposed the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, Carr supported Roosevelt's foreign policy. When the War Relocation Authority decided to resettle Japanese Americans evicted from the West Coast in a camp at Amache near Granada, Colorado, Carr went against popular anti-Japanese sentiment by urging Coloradans to welcome the evacuees. In a speech defending the rights of the displaced Japanese Americans, Carr said:
If you harm them, you must harm me. I was brought up in a small town where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened the happiness of you and you and you.
Carr's urgings for racial tolerance and for protection of the basic rights of the Japanese Americans are generally thought to have cost him his political career, including his ambition for election to the United States Senate. He narrowly lost the 1942 Senate election to incumbent Democratic Senator Edwin C. Johnson.
On June 4, 2008, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 206 (Shaffer & Penry/T. Carroll & Marostica) authorizing the construction of a new state judicial complex in Denver to be named the Ralph L. Carr Justice Center, occupying the entire block between 13th and 14th Avenues and Broadway and Lincoln Street.
- Who Was Who in America, v. 3 (1951–1960), Chicago: Marquis - Who's Who, 1963, p. 140.
- Schrager, Adam (2008). The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55591-654-1.
- Governor Ralph L. Carr Collection at the Colorado State Archives
- Ralph Lawrence Carr at Find a Grave
- "A Small Voice, But a Strong Voice" - A short documentary about Ralph Carr that won the 2006 National History Day competition.
|Governor of Colorado
John Charles Vivian