Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

This gentleman is a scion of an old Virginia family. His grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier, and his father was in the war of 1812. He was born near Warrenton, Va., July 31, 1827; received his education at Warrenton and New Baltimore Academies, graduating at the latter in 1846. After finishing school, he engaged in merchandising. In 1848, he went to Lexington, Mo., at which place he lived—with the exception of nearly two years spent in Louisiana from 1849 to 1851—until the breaking out of the late war. He went into the war as a soldier of Col. Shelby's Missouri Regiment, and was subsequently upon Shelby's staff, after that officer became a General. After the war closed, he went to Waverly, Mo., where he was cashier of a bank for five years. In 1870, he became President of the bank, and continued as such for six years. In 1876, Mr. Corder came to Colorado, and located at Pueblo, where he has since engaged successfully in the drug business, being also connected with various other important interests. Since 1878, he has been President of the Pueblo Building and Loan Association, one of the most important enterprises in the city, the Association having a capital of $500,000, and doing a large business. In November, 1880, Mr. Corder was nominated by acclamation by the Democratic Convention for State Senator from the Fifteenth Senatorial District of Colorado, to which office he was elected by a handsome majority. He obtained the passage through the Senate of a bill appropriating to the State Insane Asylum at Pueblo $60,000, then the largest appropriation ever made by the Legislature for a State institution. He also did much to further other important enactments. Mr. Corder was married at Waverly, Mo., in 1867, to Miss Blanche Hall.  History of the Arkansas Valley, Colorado O L Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1881

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