SHAFROTH, John Franklin

SHAFROTH, John Franklin
1854–1922

Biography

SHAFROTH, John Franklin, a Representative and a Senator from Colorado; born in Fayette, Mo., June 9, 1854; attended the common schools and graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1875; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Fayette, Mo.; moved to Denver, Colo., in 1879 and continued the practice of law; city attorney 1887-1891; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress; reelected as a Silver Republican to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1895, until his resignation on February 15, 1904, when he declared his conviction that his opponent, Robert W. Bonynge, had been duly elected; Governor of Colorado 1908-1912; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1913, to March 3, 1919; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses); Committee on the Philippines (Sixty-fifth Congress); chairman of the War Minerals Relief Commission 1919-1921; died in Denver, Colo., February 20, 1922; interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Colorado Historical Society

Denver, CO
Papers: 1880-1922. 6 cubic feet. Biographical information; correspondence (1889-1922) regarding business affairs, investments, constituents, and friends of the family; letterpress book (1906-1909); miscellaneous financial documents; legal documents (1902-1904); speeches (1894-1919) concerning contemporary and progressive issues; printed material (1892-1922) including newspaper clippings, articles, Congressional Record statements; scrapbooks and bound volumes (1880-1912); and photographs. Finding aid.
Oral History: Discussed in interview with Morrison Shafroth, his son (June 10, 1975), 37 pages.

Denver Public Library
Western History Department

Denver, CO
Papers: In John Franklin Shafroth family papers, 1845-1978. 45 cubic feet. Includes correspondence, memoranda, diaries, speeches, articles, business and political files, reports, and photographs relating to his political and legal careers. Finding aid.

University of Colorado Libraries
Archives

Boulder, CO
Papers: Correspondence in Luke Cahill papers, 1868-1919; and Arthur C. Johnson papers, 1885-1937.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Erving Winslow Anti-Imperalist League papers, forms part of Lanzar-Carpio papers.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Leonard, Stephen J., et al. "Honest John Shafroth: A Colorado Reformer." Colorado History 8 (2003): i-187.

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