TABOR, Horace Austin Warner, (1830 - 1899)

Senate Years of Service: 1883-1883
Party: Republican

TABOR, Horace Austin Warner, a Senator from Colorado; born in Holland, Orleans County, Vt., November 26, 1830; attended the common schools; worked at the stonecutter’s trade in Maine and Vermont; moved to Kansas in 1855 and settled in Riley County; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member, Kansas legislature 1856-1857; in 1859 joined the Pike’s Peak gold rush and moved to Denver, Colo.; followed gold discoveries around the West; discovered silver instead and made several important strikes; settled in Leadville, Colo.; engaged in mining and mercantile pursuits; postmaster of Leadville 1878; mayor 1878-1879; treasurer of Lake County; lieutenant governor of Colorado 1879-1883; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry M. Teller and served from January 27 to March 3, 1883; was not a candidate for reelection; postmaster of Denver, Colo., from 1898 until his death on April 10, 1899; interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery; later reinterred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Jefferson County, Colo.


Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Gandy, Lewis. The Tabors, A Footnote of Western History. New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1934; Smith, Duane. Horace Tabor: His Life and Legend. Boulder: Associated University Press, 1973.