Robert Walter Speer (1855–1918) was elected the mayor of Denver, Colorado three times. He served two four-year terms in office from 1904 to 1912. He died from Influenza, early on in the worldwide epidemic of that year on May 14, 1918, while halfway through a third term in office that had started in 1916.
Biography [ edit ]
Speer was born in
Mount Union, Pennsylvania, on December 1, 1855. He married Kate Thrush, his childhood sweetheart, in 1882. [1 ]
As an adherent of the
City Beautiful movement, Speer initiated several projects that added new landmarks, updated existing facilities, or improved the city's landscape including:
Speer was the first mayor of
Denver to die while serving in office. Speer Boulevard in Denver is named in his honor. He is buried in [4 ] Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.
^ Johnson, Denver's Mayor Speer, pp. 5-6.
^ Forestry statistics are from Noel, Mile High City, p. 100.
^ Other items in the list of projects are from "Some Things Denver Owes to Speer," Rocky Mountain News, 15 May 1918, p. 3.
^ Goodstein, Denver Streets, p. 33.
References [ edit ]
Goodstein, Phil (1995). Denver Streets: Names, Numbers, Locations, Logic (2nd Revised Edition ed.). Denver, CO: New Social Publications. ISBN 0-9622169-3-3.
Johnson, Charles A. (1969). Denver's Mayor Speer. Denver, CO: Green Mountain Press.
Noel, Thomas Jacob (1997). Mile High City: An Illustrated History of Denver. Denver, CO: A. B. Hirschfeld Press. ISBN 1-886483-10-8.
"Robert W. Speer, Mayor of Denver, Is Dead: Cathedral Bells Toll as Flags are Placed at Half Mast in Memory". . 15 May 1918. pp. 1, 3. Rocky Mountain News
Eaton, Raymond A. (15 May 1918). "Speer was Man of Great Vision; Had Many Ideas for Better City". . p. 3. Rocky Mountain News
"Speer Always Worked For a City Beautiful; Plans Had Just Begun". . 15 May 1918. p. 3. Rocky Mountain News
"Some Things Denver Owes to Speer". . 15 May 1918. p. 3. Rocky Mountain News
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