Jerome B. Chaffee

Jerome B. Chaffee
Jerome Bonaparte Chaffee
United States Senator
from Colorado
In office
November 15, 1876 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Nathaniel P. Hill
Personal details
Born April 17, 1825(1825-04-17)
Niagara County, New York
Died March 9, 1886(1886-03-09) (aged 60)
North Salem, New York
Resting place Adrian Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan
Political party Republican

Jerome Bonaparte Chaffee (April 17, 1825 – March 9, 1886) was an entrepreneur and United States Senator from Colorado. Chaffee County, Colorado is named after him.


He was born in Cambria, Niagara County, New York. He moved to Adrian, Michigan in 1844 and worked as a teacher until starting a dry goods business in the late 1840s. In 1852 he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, and later to Elmwood, Kansas Territory where he started banking businesses and engaged in land speculation.

Chaffee grave

In 1860 he moved to Colorado to invest in mining. He was one of the founders of the City of Denver, Colorado, and founded the First National Bank of Denver in 1865. Chaffee entered politics and helped organize the Colorado Territory, serving in its first legislature as speaker. He was the territorial delegate to the United States Congress starting in 1870.

In 1876, after Colorado was admitted to the Union, Chaffee was elected to the United States Senate. He served for the duration of his term, until 1879, but did not seek reelection due to poor health.

In 1884, Chaffee was elected state chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

His sole surviving child, daughter Fannie Josephine (1857-1909), married Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., a son of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.

Chaffee died March 9, 1886 at the Grants' home in Salem Center, Westchester County, New York. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan [1].


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Allen Alexander Bradford
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado Territory

1871 – 1875
Succeeded by
Thomas MacDonald Patterson
United States Senate
Preceded by
United States Senator (Class 3) from Colorado
1876 – 1879
Served alongside: Henry M. Teller
Succeeded by
Nathaniel P. Hill

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