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James Benton Grant (January 2, 1848 – November 1, 1911) was an American mining engineer, Confederate soldier, and the third Governor of Colorado from 1883 to 1885. He was born in Russell County, Alabama and died in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.[1]

James Benton Grant
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3rd Governor of Colorado
In office
January 9, 1883 – January 13, 1885
LieutenantWilliam H. Meyer
Preceded byFrederick W. Pitkin
Succeeded byBenjamin H. Eaton
Personal details
Born(1848-01-02)January 2, 1848
Russell County, Alabama
DiedNovember 1, 1911(1911-11-01) (aged 63)
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Political partyDemocratic

During the outbreak of the American Civil War, he enlisted as a private in the 20th Alabama Light Artillery regiment in the Confederate Army.[2] He attended what is now Iowa State University for two years and then Cornell University from 1873–1874[3] before he moved to the Freiberg School of Mines in Germany, where he studied metallurgy. He was also the first Democratic governor of Colorado.[4]

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  1. ^ "The Governor James Benton Grant Collection at the Colorado State Archives". Retrieved 30 July 2012.
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  3. ^ "The Ten-year Book of Cornell University 1868-1878 Matriculated section pp. 71".
  4. ^ "Colorado Governor James Benton Grant". Retrieved 30 July 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Walker Pitkin
Governor of Colorado
Succeeded by
Benjamin Harrison Eaton