Non-Fiction Books:

Honest John Shaforth

A Colorado Reformer



Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

Honest John Shaforth by Stephen L. Leonard
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order


Unclean elections were as common as unclean streets in early twentieth-century America. Few politicians questioned the process that put them in power, but John Shafroth -- 'Honest John' -- did. On 15 February 1904, the five-term Colorado congressman stunned the US House of Representatives by resigning his seat. He declared that the November 1902 election had been tainted with fraud and he had unwittingly benefited. After his resignation, a Supreme Court justice told him: "Only a brave and honest man would do as you did. Such actions make one proud of his country and sure of its future." John Franklin Shafroth helped to build that future. In two terms as Colorado's governor (1909-1913) and one term as US senator (1913-1919), he advocated a set of reforms, including women's suffrage, the federal reserve system, and the initiative and referendum -- that shaped twentieth-century policy and politics. More than anyone else in Colorado's history, Shafroth lifted politics out of the mire.
Release date NZ
July 1st, 2003
Country of Publication
United States
25 b&w photos
Colorado Historical Society,U.S.
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...