Cobb, Charles D.

Charles D. Cobb
Columbus, Johnston County, Missouri
Tarrytown, N.Y.
Fort Fetterman, Wyoming

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Charles D. Cobb was born in the town of Columbus, Johnston county, Missouri, June 15, 1844.  Educated in the public schools of his native place and in the Irving Institute at Tarrytown, N.Y., he came to Denver in 1863, and for several years thereafter was employed as a clerk in Denver jobbing houses.  In 1867 he became associated with Col. Robert Wilson in the post-tradership and in government contracting at Fort Fetterman, Wyoming, in which he continued until 1870 when he returned to Denver and organized a general fire insurance business covering Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.  Since that time the management of this extended business has engaged the greater part of his attention, although he has been and continues interested in various other enterprises in Denver.

In 1880-84 Mr. Cobb was a member of the Board of Education for School District No. 1, and in 1885 when the Board of Supervisors was added to the city’s legislative department, he was elected one of its members, and after two years of service in that position was nominated by the Democratic party as its candidate for Mayor of Denver, but was defeated by a small majority by William Scott Lee.  Mr. Cobb participated in the organization of the Commercial National Bank and became its Vice President; also a participant in the organization of the Chamber of Commerce, he became a Director and Vice President of that body; one of the projectors of the Riverside Cemetery, he long served as its Secretary; and as a leader in the affairs of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he has filled its various official positions including that of Grand Master of the State and that of representative of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.