Roswell K. Colcord

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Roswell K. Colcord
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7th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 5, 1891 – January 7, 1895
Lieutenant Joseph Poujade
Preceded by Frank Bell
Succeeded by John E. Jones
Personal details
Born (1839-04-25)April 25, 1839
Searsport, Maine, U.S.
Died October 30, 1939(1939-10-30) (aged 100)
Carson City, Nevada, U.S.
Resting place Lone Mountain Cemetery
Carson City, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Republican

Roswell Keyes Colcord (April 25, 1839 – October 30, 1939) was an American politician. He served as the seventh Governor of Nevada from 1891 to 1895. He was a member of the Republican Party.


Colcord was born on April 25, 1839 in Searsport, Maine. He attended public schools where he studied Mechanical Engineering and he found work in a shipyard as a carpenter. He married Mary E. Hopkins on April 28, 1868, in Virginia City, Nevada, and they had three children, Stella, Harry, and Ethel.[1]


Colcord moved west to California in 1856, to Aurora, Nevada in 1860, and to Virginia City, Nevada in 1863, He became a successful mining engineer. He also set up a law practice and became one of the top attorneys in the state. He was also involved in the building of bridges and mills.[2] He was selected as a commissioner to represent Nevada at the Paris Expedition in 1889.

Elected as governor in 1891, Colcord strengthened the state's economy and also signed the state's first admissions day bill. He was the first Nevada governor to support Women's Suffrage.[3] During his tenure, a state board of health was established, a mechanical engineering department was initiated in the University of Nevada, and a first state board of equalization was authorized.[4]

After his term as governor, Colcord was named Superintendent of the United States Mint's Carson City Mint, a position he held from 1898 to 1911. At that time, the Mint did not produce money, but was a shipping point for bullion.


Colcord was in relatively good health at the time of his death on October 30, 1939, at the age of 100 in Carson City, Nevada. He is interred at the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City, Nevada.[5]


  1. ^ "Nevada's First Ladies". Nevada's First Ladies. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Roswell K. Colcord". The Encyclopedia of Nevada. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Roswell K. Colcord". History of Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Roswell K. Colcord". National Governors Association. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Roswell K. Colcord". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Bell
Governor of Nevada
1891 – 1895
Succeeded by
John E. Jones
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Adelbert Ames
Oldest living United States governor
April 12, 1933 – October 30, 1939
Succeeded by
Martin F. Ansel
Preceded by
Nathaniel S. Berry
Oldest United States governor ever
February 2, 1937 – June 5, 1977
Succeeded by
Nellie Tayloe Ross