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Simon Bamberger

During Utah's history there have been 14 Territorial Governors and 17 Governors of the State.

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Simon Bamberger

1917-1921 DEMOCRAT
(February 27, 1846-October 6, 1926)

Bamberger, born in Eberstadt, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, has the distinction of being Utah's first Democratic governor, first non-Mormon governor, and the oldest, assuming the office at age 71. He was also the second Jew elected governor of any state in the U.S. He earned a fortune in silver mining and railroading. A strong supporter of Prohibition, he promoted progressive reforms, including establishment of a Public Utilities Commission, Department of Health, and a nonpartisan judiciary.

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