Jefferson County Territorial Election~~1861
 
The Territory of Colorado was organized by Congress on February 26, 1861 and embraced the identical area as the present state.  William Gilpin, the first territorial governor, arrived in Denver in May 1861.  A census taken at this time showed a population of 25,329, of whom 4,484 were females.  The election for a delegate to the 37th Congress of the United States was held on the 19th of August 1861 with Hiram Pitt Bennet and Beverly D. Williams as candidates.  Hiram P. Bennet was the winner and served two terms in congress.  Election of Council and District Representatives was also held at this time.