Ralph L. Carr
L, Carr cut his teeth in the news game in the rough and tumble streets
of turn-of-the-century Cripple Creek. At the same time, he matched wits
with friendly competition and rivalry of the caliber of Lowell Thomas.
You would think that the publishing business would have been his legacy.
Carr became more famous for his politics.
it didn’t affect his friendship with world-renowned newsman Lowell
Thomas. The two were steadfast buds up until Carr’s Death in 1950. They
became pals in their days as rival newspaper editors, covering much of
the same news.
Carr edited a rival paper in Cripple Creek, The Times, at the same time Thomas was at the Victor Record and News.
But, between 1939-1943 Colorado had one of the most courageous and independent governors ever to be elected, by many accounts.
1939 a struggling Republican Party supported Carr as their
gubernatorial candidate, and won. Within the first half-hour of his
term, Carr proposed a plan for a balanced budget by transferring state
income taxes from public schools to the state's general fund. These
immediate fiscal measures helped to save our state from imminent
bankruptcy. Also due to Carr's leadership, the Legislature passed the
State Reorganization Act, which greatly increased the efficiency of
state government. As a result, Carr is one of the few governors known
for making the Colorado bureaucracy more operative.
of the few voices of reason during wartime was Governor Carr, who
continued to treat the Japanese-Americans with respect and sought to
help them keep their American citizenship. He sacrificed his political
career to bravely confront the often-dark side of human nature.
At one time, the New York Times consider him as being on the path to become president of the United States.
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
selfless devotion to all Americans, while destroying his hopes for a
senate seat, did in the end become extolled as, "a small voice but a