William Lee Knous
|William Lee Knous|
|31st Governor of Colorado|
January 14, 1947 – April 15, 1950
|Lieutenant||Homer L. Pearson (1947–1949)
Walter W. Johnson (1949–1950)
|Preceded by||John C. Vivian|
|Succeeded by||Walter W. Johnson|
February 2, 1889|
Ouray, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||December 11, 1959
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Colorado School of Law|
He moved to Montrose, Colorado, and subsequently became mayor, city attorney and deputy district attorney, and in 1929, was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. He was elected to the Colorado Senate in 1931, where he served as president pro tempore in 1935 and 1936.
In 1936, he was elected to the Colorado Supreme Court and moved to Denver, Colorado. He was elevated to Chief Justice in 1946, and was elected governor of the state the same year. Running for re-election in 1948, he carried every county in the state but one.
Federal judicial career
In 1950, Knous was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Knous was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on March 1, 1950, to a seat vacated by John Foster Symes. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 4, 1950, and received commission on April 7, 1950. He served as chief judge from 1954 until his death on December 11, 1959. He was entombed in the Fairmount Mausoleum at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.
According to the Colorado state archives, "He became the only man in the state ever to have occupied the highest seat in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government."
Knous was the son of John Franklin Knous and Julia (Bain) Knous. The elder Knous, a miner, had moved with his wife from Iowa to Colorado. William married Elsie Marie Grabow on July 1, 1915. They had three children, William John, Robert Lee, and Merle Ray.
His son, Robert Lee Knous, was subsequently a lieutenant governor of Colorado from 1959 to 1967.
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- The Governors of Colorado
- William Lee Knous at Find a Grave
- William Lee Knous at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
John Charles Vivian
|Governor of Colorado
Walter Walford Johnson
John Foster Symes
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Olin Hatfield Chilson