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Governor Raymond Herbert Talbot

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Office Dates:  Jan 01, 1937 - Jan 12, 1937


Born:  Aug 19, 1896

Passed:  Jan 31, 1955

Birth State:  Illinois

Party:  Democrat

Family:  Married Junista L. Wilson; two children

RAYMOND HERBERT TALBOT, Colorado's 27th governor was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 19, 1896. He moved with his family to Pueblo, Colorado, and was educated in the public school system. He trained later through extension courses to become an electrical engineer. Talbot was employed by the Southern Colorado Power Company, and he was an agent at Colorado A&M College, where he also taught vocational training. Talbot entered politics in 1932, when he was elected city commissioner of parks and highways, a position he held until 1946. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1926, and served in the Colorado Senate in 1928. In 1932, was elected lieutenant governor of Colorado. On January 1, 1937, Governor Edwin C. Johnson resigned from office to take his seat in the U.S. Senate, and Talbot, who was lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the governor's office. Talbot served in this capacity for 10  days. During his brief tenure, he continued to implement Johnson's agenda and he coordinated the transition into the next administration. Talbot left office on January 12, 1937, and continued to stay active in public service. In 1946, he was appointed temporary postmaster of Pueblo City, and three years later was named the permanent postmaster. He served on the State Fair Commission as president from 1931 to 1953. Governor Raymond H. Talbot died at the young age of 58, on January 30, 1955, and is buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Pueblo.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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