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Catalog Number 2008.010.299
Object Name Print, Photographic
Title Sheriff Vernon Downing and Dodge, 1935
Date 1935
Description Black and white photograph of Jefferson County CO Sheriff Vernon Downing standing alongside his personal 1935 Dodge that he used to fulfill his duties as Sheriff. Elected to office. Photograph taken in the city of Denver after Downing attended a state-wide meeting of the Colorado Peace Officer's Association. In the November 1934 election, Downing ran against the first Communist Party member from Jefferson County, John Hagar, and won 6,512 votes to 72 votes. After leaving office, Downing worked on the Manhatten Project at Las Alamos, New Mexico. Downing was a Deputy Sheriff in Iowa in 1919-1920, and moved to Edgewater, CO with his family in 1923. Appointed Undersheriff in Jefferson County in 1931 by James G. Biggins, Jr, left the Department in 1933, and ran for office in 1934. In 1936, Downing went against Republican Party wishes and ran for a second term of office. He lost the election. Moved to Wichita, Kansas to work for a Coors beer distribution company.
Copyright All rights belong to Golden History Museums, City of Golden without restriction.
Collection Permanent-Dennis L. Potter
Credit line Golden History Museums, City of Golden, Dennis L. Potter Collection
People Downing, Vernon
Biggins, James G.
Search Terms Jefferson County Sheriffs Department
Jefferson County Sheriffs