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Jesse Fuller McDonald

Born: Jun 30, 1858

Death: Feb 25, 1942

Birthplace: Ashtabula

Nationality: United States

Jesse Fuller McDonald

Date of Birth : Jun 30, 1858
Date of Death : Feb 25, 1942
Birth Place : Ashtabula

Jesse Fuller McDonald was an American public official civil engineer and surveyor, born in Ashtabula, Ohio. Colorado's 16th governor was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on June 30, 1858. After completing his education in Ohio's public school system, he studied civil engineering and surveying. McDonald moved to Leadville, Colorado, in 1879, and started his career in mining. Five years later, he formed a partnership with George M. Robinson, and became the owner of several lucrative mines, including the Harvard, Penrose and El Dorado. McDonald entered politics as mayor of Leadville, a position he held from 1899 to 1905. He served in Colorado's senate in 1902, and as Colorado's lieutenant governor in 1904. Alva Adams won the 1904 gubernatorial election, and took office on January 1905. However, the Republican candidate James H. Peabody contested the election, and the predominately Republican legislature forced Governor Adams to step down. The office was allocated to Peabody, but on the condition he would immediately resign. Lieutenant Governor Jesse F. McDonald succeeded him, and in the span of one day Colorado had three different governors.

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