John Arthur Love

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John Love
John Arthur Love Oval Office.tiff
Director of the Energy Policy Office
In office
July 16, 1973 – December 4, 1973
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byCharles DiBona (National Energy Office)
Succeeded byWilliam Simon (Federal Energy Office)
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
August 31, 1969 – August 9, 1970
Preceded byBuford Ellington
Succeeded byWarren Hearnes
36th Governor of Colorado
In office
January 8, 1963 – July 16, 1973
LieutenantRobert Knous
Mark Hogan
John Vanderhoof
Preceded byStephen McNichols
Succeeded byJohn Vanderhoof
Personal details
Born(1916-11-29)November 29, 1916
near Gibson City, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 21, 2002(2002-01-21) (aged 85)
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ann Daniels
Children2 (including Rebecca)
EducationUniversity of Denver (BA, LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross

John Arthur Love (November 29, 1916 – January 21, 2002) was an American attorney and Republican politician who served as the 36th Governor of the State of Colorado from 1963 to 1973.

Left to right: President Richard Nixon, Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, and John A. Love in the Oval Office, 1973.

Early life and education[edit]

John Arthur Love was born on a farm near Gibson City, Illinois, on November 29, 1916.[1] At age five, John Love moved with his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Love received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver in 1938 and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Denver School of Law in 1941.

Love served as a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II for which he was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Love started a law practice in Colorado Springs after the war.


John Love married Ann Daniels in 1942 and the couple had three children, Dan, Andrew and Rebecca. Rebecca grew up to serve as a justice of the Colorado Supreme Court from 1995 to 2006. Andrew Love served 37 years in the US AirForce and retired in 2004 as a Major General.

Political career[edit]

In 1962, Love defeated incumbent Colorado Governor Stephen L.R. McNichols.

In 1967, Love signed the first liberalized abortion bill in the United States into law.[2]

In 1973, John Love resigned the governorship to become the nation's first Director of the Office of Energy Policy (nicknamed the "Energy Czar") in the administration of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. Lieutenant Governor John David Vanderhoof assumed the office of Governor upon Governor Love's resignation. Love resigned as Director after five months due to the political turmoil in the final days of the Nixon Administration.


Love died in Colorado on January 21, 2002, at the age of 85.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Lamm, Richard D. and Duane A. Smith. Pioneers and Politicians: 10 Colorado Governors in Profile. Boulder, Co.: Pruett Publishing Co., 1984.
  • Love, John A. Collection. 140 c.f., 1963-1973. Denver, Co.: Colorado State Archives.
  • Love, John A. Papers. 4 c.f., 1960-1974. Denver, Co.: Denver Public Library Western History Collection.
  • Love, Ann. Interview / Oral History by Jean Smith and Elaine Walsh, 1975. Denver, Co.: Colorado Historical Society.
  • Love, John A. Interview / Oral History by David McComb, 1974. Denver, Co.: Colorado Historical Society.
  • Love, John A. Interview / Oral History by Barbara Levin and Governor Richard Lamm, 1975. Denver, Co.: Colorado Historical Society.
  • Walker, Donald L. John A. Love: The Story of Colorado's Thirty-Sixth Governor. Denver, Co.: University of Colorado at Denver, 2000.


  1. ^ Martinez, Julia C. "John A. Love 1916-2002 3-Term Governor Fostered Growth." The Denver Post, January 23, 2002, A-01.
  2. ^ [1]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Palmer Burch
Republican nominee for Governor of Colorado
1962, 1966, 1970
Succeeded by
John Vanderhoof
Preceded by
Robert Smylie
Chair of the Republican Governors Association
Succeeded by
John Chafee
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen McNichols
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
John Vanderhoof
Preceded by
Buford Ellington
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
Warren Hearnes
Preceded by
Charles DiBona
as Director of the National Energy Office
Director of the Energy Policy Office
Succeeded by
William Simon
as Director of the Federal Energy Office