FRANCIS E. WARREN was born and raised in Hinsdale, Massachusetts. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism during the Civil War serving with Company C, 49th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He moved to Wyoming in 1868, where he was engaged in a variety of businesses including livestock, ranching, and real estate. Warren served in the Territorial Assembly, becoming its president. He was also chairman of the Republican Territorial Central Committee, Territorial Treasurer, and Mayor of Cheyenne. He served two non-consecutive terms as Territorial Governor of Wyoming via appointments by Presidents Chester Arthur and Benjamin Harrison. During his second term, which began April 1889, Wyoming was granted statehood and Warren was elected the state's first governor on September 11, 1890. He had served as governor for only a short term when he was elected U.S. Senator, a position that he held until his death at the age of eighty-five. As a tribute to his life and public service, the name Mt. Warren was given to the highest peak of Wyoming's Wind River mountain range.

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The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 23. New York: James T. White & Company.

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Wyoming State Archives