- Jerome B. Chaffee
Jerome Bonaparte Chaffee United States Senator
November 15, 1876 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by None Succeeded by Nathaniel P. Hill Personal details Born April 17, 1825
Niagara County, New York
Died March 9, 1886(aged 60)
North Salem, New York
Resting place Adrian Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan Political party Republican
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.
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.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: Chaffee, Jerome Bunty, accessed 9 December 2005
- The National Cyclopædia of American Biography. (1929) Vol. VI New York: James T. White & Co. pp. 199-200.
- Who was Who in America, Historical Volume. (1963) Chicago: Marquis Who's Who
United States House of Representatives Preceded by
Allen Alexander Bradford
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado Territory
1871 – 1875
Thomas MacDonald Patterson
United States Senate Preceded by
United States Senator (Class 3) from Colorado
1876 – 1879
Served alongside: Henry M. Teller
Nathaniel P. Hill
United States Senators from Colorado Class 2 Class 3
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