Ray Herbert Talbot

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Ray Herbert Talbot (born August 19, 1896 in Chicago , Illinois , † January 31, 1955 in Pueblo , Colorado) was an American politician ( Democratic Party ) and in January 1937 the 26th  governor of the state of Colorado .


Ray Talbot attended public schools in Pueblo, Colorado, where the family had moved. He later trained as an electrician. He was then employed by the Southern Colorado Power Company, a regional electricity company. Talbot's political career began in 1926 when he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives . In 1928 he was elected to the Colorado Senate. In 1932 he was elected lieutenant governor of his state as a candidate for the Democratic Party . He held this office until January 1, 1937. On that day, Governor Edwin C. Johnson resigned from his office to move to the US Senate . Talbot was then tasked with ending the remainder of Johnson's tenure. In this case, that was exactly twelve days until the newly elected Governor Teller Ammons took office on January 12, 1937 . During those days, Talbot was merely preparing the transfer of administration to Ammons.

Even after his brief period as governor, Talbot remained politically active. In 1946 he became head of the Pueblo City Post Office. Between 1931 and 1953 he was president of the planning committee for the state exhibitions. Talbot died in 1955 at the age of 58. He was married to Junista Wilson, with whom he had two children.

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