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Named in honor of the former Colorado governors who visited the hotel - at least five governor’s visited the Imperial.  It is thought that they all stayed here – but at this writing that cannot be confirmed.  We do know they were guests and here is a little about those governors. Queen convertible sofa bed suitable for a third person for an additional $15 charge.


CARR, RALPH L. R 1939-1943

Ralph Lawrence Carr (December 11, 1887 – September 22, 1950) was the 29th Governor of Colorado from 1939 to 1943. Born in Rosita in Custer County, he grew up in Cripple Creek in Teller County and graduated from Cripple Creek High School in 1905. A Republican, Carr was committed to fiscal restraint in state government and opposed the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, Carr supported Roosevelt's foreign policy. When the War Relocation Authority decided to resettle Japanese-Americans from the West Coast in a camp at Amache near Granada, Colorado, Carr went against popular anti-Japanese sentiment by urging Coloradans to welcome the evacuees. In a speech defending the rights of the displaced Japanese-Americans, Carr said: "If you harm them, you must harm me. I was brought up in a small town where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened the happiness of you and you and you."
Carr's urgings for racial tolerance and for protection of the basic rights of the Japanese-Americans are generally thought to have cost him his political career, including his ambition for election to the United States Senate. He narrowly lost the 1942 Senate election to incumbent Democratic Senator Edwin C. Johnson.

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Daniel I.J. Thornton (January 31, 1911, to January 19, 1976) was a United States cattle breeder and Republican politician who served as the 33rd Governor of the State of Colorado from 1951 to 1955.

Daniel Isaac J. Thornton was born in Hall County, Texas on January 31, 1911. Dan Thornton graduated from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) and the University of California at Los Angeles and married Jessie Willock. In 1937, the Thorntons purchased a cattle ranch near Springerfield, Arizona, and in 1941 they moved their cattle operation to a ranch near Gunnison, Colorado. The Thorntons developed the Thornton Triumphant Hereford Cattle strain.

In 1950, Thornton defeated incumbent Colorado Governor Walter Johnson. Governor Thornton was famous for his Stetson hat, pipe, and cowboy boots. Thornton served as governor for two two-year terms. In 1952 he was one of five people on the short list for the Republican vice presidential nomination. Dwight Eisenhower instead chose Richard Nixon. (Richard Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician. Roger Morris. Pg. 726) Dan Thornton died of a heart attack in Carmel, California, on January 19, 1976.

Governor Thornton was the namesake of the City of Thornton, Colorado.


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LOVE, JOHN A. R 1963-1973

John Arthur Love (November 29, 1916 – January 21, 2002) was a United States attorney and Republican politician who served as the 36th Governor of the State of Colorado from 1963 to 1973.


John Arthur Love was born on a farm near Gibson City, Illinois, on November 29, 1916. At age five, John Love moved with his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Love received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver in 1938 and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Denver School of Law in 1941. John Love married Ann Daniels in 1942 and the couple had three children, Dan, Andrew and Rebecca. Rebecca grew up to serve as a justice of the Colorado Supreme Court from 1995 to 2006.

Love served as a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II for which he was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Love started a law practice in Colorado Springs after the war.

In 1962, Love defeated incumbent Colorado Governor Stephen L.R. McNichols.

In 1973, John Love resigned the governorship to become the nation's first Director of the Office of Energy Policy (nicknamed the "Energy Czar") in the administration of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. Lieutenant Governor John David Vanderhoof assumed the office of Governor upon Governor Love's resignation. Love resigned as Director after five months due to the political tumoil in the final days of the Nixon Administration. Love died in Colorado on January 21, 2002, at the age of 85.


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LAMM, RICHARD D. D 1975-1987

Richard Douglas Lamm was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he majored in accounting. Lamm spent his college summers working as a lumberjack in Oregon, a stock-boy in New York, and helping out on an ore boat. Lamm graduated from college in 1957, then served one year of active duty as a first lieutenant in the United States Army at Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Eustis in Virginia until switching to reserve duty in 1958.

From 1958-1960 Lamm lived in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Berkeley, holding jobs as an accountant, tax clerk and a law clerk.[1]

Lamm attended law school at the University of California, graduated in 1961, then moved to Denver in 1962, where he worked as an accountant and then set up a law practice. Lamm took to the Colorado lifestyle, becoming an avid skier, mountain climber, hiker, and member of the Colorado Mountain Club. He joined the faculty of the University of Denver in 1969 and has been associated with the University ever since.

Since 1963 he has been married to "Dottie" Lamm, a former airline flight attendant and newspaper columnist. In 1998 she won the Democratic nomination for the US Senate from Colorado, but lost in the general election to incumbent Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

Lamm was selected as one of Time Magazine's "200 Young Leaders of America" in 1974, and won the Christian Science Monitor "Peace 2020" essay in 1985. In 1992, he was honored by the Denver Post and Historic Denver, Inc. as one of the "Colorado 100" - people who made significant contributions to Colorado and made lasting impressions on the state's history. He was Chairman of the Pew Health Professions Commission and a public member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

In 1964 he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat from an affluent district near the University of Denver. In 1967, he drafted and succeeded in passing the nation's first liberalized abortion law. He was an early leader of the environmental movement, and was President of the First National Conference on Population and the Environment.


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