Alexander Cummings (territorial governor)
|3rd Governor of the Territory of Colorado|
|Preceded by||John Evans|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Cameron Hunt|
|Born||November 17, 1810
|Died||April 27, 1867
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Bvt. Brigadier General
|Commands||19th Pennsylvania Cavalry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
At the beginning of the Civil War, Cummings used his political influence to be appointed as a special purchasing agent for the War Department. Unfortunately, Cummings wasted much of his $2,000,000 budget, and was discharged for ineptitude and profiteering. After leaving the War Department, Cummings recruited the Nineteenth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry.
In February 1864, Cummings was made Superintendent of Colored Troops for the Department of Arkansas, and was brevetted to the rank of Brigadier General by President Johnson. U.S. President Andrew Johnson appointed Cummings the new Governor of the Territory of Colorado on October 17, 1865 to replace John Evans who resigned following the Sand Creek Massacre. Cummings served as Territorial Governor until April 27, 1867. Cummings died in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in June 1879.
- The Governors of Colorado @ Colorado.gov
- "Alexander Cummings". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
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