George Alfred Carlson

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George Alfred Carlson
George Alfred Carlson in 1914.jpg
20th Governor of Colorado
In office
January 12, 1915 – January 9, 1917
LieutenantMoses E. Lewis
Preceded byElias Milton Ammons
Succeeded byJulius Caldeen Gunter
Personal details
Born(1876-10-23)October 23, 1876
Alta, Iowa
DiedDecember 6, 1926(1926-12-06) (aged 50)
Denver, Colorado
Political partyRepublican

George Alfred Carlson (October 23, 1876 in Alta, Iowa – December 6, 1926) was the 20th Governor of Colorado from 1915 to 1917.


He was born on October 23, 1876 in Alta, Iowa.

Carlson graduated from the University of Colorado in 1902 and earned his law degree there in 1904. He practiced law in Fort Collins, Colorado from 1905–08, and was district attorney in Fort Collins from 1908-14. He ran for Governor as a Republican in 1914 and won, benefiting from vote-splitting between Democrats and Progressives.

Carlson's administration was noted for labor reforms, including the passage of a workers' compensation law and the establishment of the Industrial Commission of Colorado. He also supported and signed into law a prohibition bill making Colorado a "dry state."

Carlson was defeated for reelection in 1916. After leaving office, he returned to law practice in Denver.

He died on December 6, 1926 in Denver, Colorado.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elias M. Ammons
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
Julius C. Gunter