John Arthur Love
|Director of the Energy Policy Office|
July 16, 1973 – December 4, 1973
|Preceded by||Charles DiBona (National Energy Office)|
|Succeeded by||William Simon (Federal Energy Office)|
|Chair of the National Governors Association|
August 31, 1969 – August 9, 1970
|Preceded by||Buford Ellington|
|Succeeded by||Warren Hearnes|
|36th Governor of Colorado|
January 8, 1963 – July 16, 1973
|Preceded by||Stephen McNichols|
|Succeeded by||John Vanderhoof|
|Born||November 29, 1916|
near Gibson City, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||January 21, 2002 (aged 85)|
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
|Children||2 (including Rebecca)|
|Education||University of Denver (BA, LLB)|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross|
Early life and educationEdit
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.
Love started a law practice in Colorado Springs after the war.
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. Andrew Love served 37 years in the US AirForce and retired in 2004 as a Major General.
In 1967, Love signed the first liberalized abortion bill in the United States into law.
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 D. Vanderhoof assumed the office of Governor upon Governor Love's resignation. Love resigned as Director after five months due to the political turmoil in the final days of the Nixon Administration. Historian Daniel Yergin asserts Love was fired by Richard Nixon in favor of William Simon due to the energy crisis created in October 1973 by the Arab oil embargo.
Love died in Colorado on January 21, 2002, at the age of 85.
- Lamm, Richard D. and Duane A. Smith. Pioneers and Politicians: 10 Colorado Governors in Profile. Boulder, Co.: Pruett Publishing Co., 1984.
- Love, John A. Collection. 140 c.f., 1963–1973. Denver, Co.: Colorado State Archives.
- Love, John A. Papers. 4 c.f., 1960–1974. Denver, Co.: Denver Public Library Western History Collection.
- Love, Ann. Interview / Oral History by Jean Smith and Elaine Walsh, 1975. Denver, Co.: Colorado Historical Society.
- Love, John A. Interview / Oral History by David McComb, 1974. Denver, Co.: Colorado Historical Society.
- Love, John A. Interview / Oral History by Barbara Levin and Governor Richard Lamm, 1975. Denver, Co.: Colorado Historical Society.
- Walker, Donald L. John A. Love: The Story of Colorado's Thirty-Sixth Governor. Denver, Co.: University of Colorado at Denver, 2000.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John A. Love.|
- The Governors of Colorado
- Guide to the John Love Papers at the University of Denver Retrieved 2014-09-26.
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of Colorado
1962, 1966, 1970
| Chair of the Republican Governors Association
| Governor of Colorado
| Chair of the National Governors Association
as Director of the National Energy Office
| Director of the Energy Policy Office
as Director of the Federal Energy Office