Alva Adams (governor)

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Alva Adams
5th, 10th & 14th Governor of Colorado
In office
January 10, 1905 – March 17, 1905
Lieutenant Arthur Cornforth
Preceded by James H. Peabody
Succeeded by James H. Peabody
In office
January 12, 1897 – January 10, 1899
Lieutenant Jared L. Brush
Preceded by Albert W. McIntire
Succeeded by Charles S. Thomas
In office
January 11, 1887 – January 8, 1889
Lieutenant Norman H. Meldrum
Preceded by Benjamin H. Eaton
Succeeded by Job A. Cooper
Personal details
Born (1850-05-14)May 14, 1850
Iowa County, Wisconsin
Died November 1, 1922(1922-11-01) (aged 72)
Battle Creek, Michigan
Political party Democratic
For the United States Senator, his son, see Alva B. Adams.

Alva Adams (May 14, 1850 – November 1, 1922) was an American politician. He was born in Iowa County, Wisconsin. John Adams, his father, was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Wisconsin State Senate. He served four years and two months as the fifth, tenth and 14th Governor of Colorado from 1887 to 1889, 1897 to 1899, and briefly in 1905. His last tenure as Governor lasted a little over two months. He and previous Governor James Peabody each declared the other an illegitimate Governor, even though both were involved in illegal electoral practices. Eventually the Republican legislature removed Adams, installed Peabody, who immediately abdicated for his Lt. Governor Jesse Fuller McDonald, and ended the whole ruckus.

Adams died in Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 72.

Adams County, Colorado, is named for Alva Adams,[1] and it is believed the city of Alva, Oklahoma is as well. Alva Adams' younger brother, William Herbert "Billy" Adams also served as Governor of Colorado, 1927-1933. Alva Adams' son, Alva Blanchard Adams, served as United States Senator from Colorado, 1923-1925 and 1933-1941


  1. ^ Dawson, John Frank (1954). Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 5. [permanent dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Harrison Eaton
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
Job Adams Cooper
Preceded by
Albert Washington McIntire
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
Charles Spalding Thomas
Preceded by
James Hamilton Peabody
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
James Hamilton Peabody