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Teller Ammons
28th Governor of Colorado

In office
January 12, 1937 – January 10, 1939
Lieutenant Frank Hayes
Preceded by Ray Herbert Talbot
Succeeded by Ralph Lawrence Carr
Member of the Colorado Senate

In office
1931-1935
Personal details
Born Tellor Ammons
(1895-12-03)December 3, 1895
Denver, Colorado
Died January 16, 1972(1972-01-16) (aged 76)
Denver, Colorado
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University 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 | edit source]

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.

Career[edit | edit source]

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] 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][3]

Afterward, he practiced law in Denver until his retirement.

Death and legacy[edit | edit source]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Herbert Talbot
Governor of Colorado
1937–1939
Succeeded by
Ralph Lawrence Carr

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