Teller Ammons

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Teller Ammons
28th Governor of Colorado
In office
January 12, 1937 – January 10, 1939
LieutenantFrank Hayes
Preceded byRay Herbert Talbot
Succeeded byRalph Lawrence Carr
Member of the Colorado Senate
In office
Personal details
Tellor Ammons

(1895-12-03)December 3, 1895
Denver, Colorado
DiedJanuary 16, 1972(1972-01-16) (aged 76)
Denver, Colorado
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Denver

Teller Ammons (December 3, 1895 – January 16, 1972) was the 28th Governor of Colorado from 1937 to 1939. He was the first Colorado governor to be born in the state.

Early life and education[edit]

Ammons was the son of Colorado Governor Elias M. Ammons and Elizabeth Fleming,[1] and was named for his father's friend, U.S. Senator Henry Moore Teller.


He served with the 154th Infantry Regiment in the United States Army in France during World War I.[1]

After the war, he returned to Colorado to work on a ranch and in a newspaper office.[2] He earned a law degree from the University of Denver's Westminster Law School in 1929.[1]

Ammons was elected to the Colorado Senate in 1930 and served until 1935, when Denver Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton appointed him as Denver city attorney. He was elected governor in 1936.[1] As Governor, he was responsible for the execution of Joe Arridy, who was innocent of the crime he was accused of. [3] After one two-year term, he was defeated for reelection in 1938 by Ralph L. Carr.

During World War II, he served as a lieutenant colonel on the selection and assignment board for military officers until 1944. In 1944, he was part of the military government of Guam. He separated from the service in 1945.[1][4]

Afterward, he practiced law in Denver until his retirement.

Death and legacy[edit]

Teller Ammons died on January 16, 1972,[1] and was buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 10 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  2. ^ Native, ___ Restless (August 16, 2008). "Restless native: Teller Ammons' microphone scandal".
  3. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ root. "Teller Ammons".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Herbert Talbot
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
Ralph Lawrence Carr