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Guide to the Governor Robert D. Carey records

Identifier: RG0001.21

Scope and Content

Correspondence and record series covering appointment records, the requisition and extradition of fugitives, and legislative affairs. Some general topics include the John Cordello Trial (State Prohibition), Liberty Bond Sales, Investigation of Insurance Companies, the Colorado River Compact, organization of Teton County, public health legislation, and various state and federal government issues.


  • Majority of material found within 1919-1923
  • 1910-1929


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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

History of

Robert D. Carey was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 12, 1878. His family was prominent in Cheyenne and he and his brother shared a comfortable childhood in their very large family home. Carey was educated in Cheyenne and then completed his education in the East, finishing at Yale. After his return, he became the manager of the family business (J.M. Carey and Brother) and helped it grow by using his education and willingness to experiment. Carey's experiments with irrigation and crop adaptability led others in their search for crops suited to the rugged central Wyoming climate. He was so successful that some of his crops won blue ribbon prizes at fairs in St. Louis and Sacramento. Business success led to political aspirations and Carey was the first Wyoming Governor to be elected by vox populi (the voting public). Carey served from January 6, 1919 to January 1, 1923. Governor Carey's term of office was marked by his establishment of sound financial footing for the state and an increase in state revenue. In spite of his accomplishments he was not reelected. He was, however, elected on November 4, 1930 to complete the remainder of the Senator Francis Warren's term. Robert D. Carey died on January 17, 1937.


4 cubic feet (8 boxes)


Records of Robert D. Carey's term as Governor of Wyoming feature the usual topics associated with the office. Notable issues include State Prohibition (John Cordello Trial), organization of Teton County, and the Colorado River Compact. Many appointment records are included.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into six subgroups including: General Records, Administrative Records, Appointments, Proclamations, Requisitions and Extraditions, and Legislative Matters

Acquisition Information

MA 346, transferred to Wyoming State Archives on April 6, 1957

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by at the date of processing.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Don Mason and Regina O'Donnell

Guide to the Governor Robert D. Carey records, 1919-1923
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Processed by Don Mason and Regina O'Donnell
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Cultural Resources Division, Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Repository

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