Attorney, Lt. Governor of Colorado 1917-1919.
From the Durango News, Sept 28 1934:
Pulliam Rites Held Wednesday Afternoon
Former District Attorney and Lieutenant Governor Passed Away at His Durango Home Monday, September 17.
Colorado suffered a most extreme loss Monday, September 17, when one of Durango's leading citizens, the honorable James A. Pulliam, died somewhat unexpectedly at his home, 1330 3rd avenue, at 3 o'clock in the morning. The untimely demise of one of the San Juan basin's most outstanding attorneys and public figure culminated a gradual decline in health that seemed to start with the death of his wife, several years ago.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev. F. L. Shoemaker officiating. The deceased was laid to final rest in the Elks' plot in Greenmount, beside his late wife. Pall bearers were George W. Lane, L. M. Perkins, E. D. Peters, Andrew Barr, Thomas Owens and Charles Stillwell. Internment was under the direction of the Jones and Peterson funeral home.
James A. Pulliam was born October 12, 1863, in Scotland county, Missouri, being the son of James Squire Pulliam and Rebecca Shacklett Pulliam, pioneers of Virginia and Kentucky. His higher education, where he obtained his training for law was taken at the Missouri State Normal school at Kirksville.
Mr. Pulliam was admitted to the bar in 1887 on his 24th birthday anniversary, and first practiced in Memphis, Missouri, moving to Sterling, Colorado, in the spring of 1890. Colorado's claim to distinction at that time lay solely in mining, and to such enterprises Mr. Pulliam devoted much of his time, moving to Rico in September, 1892. While there he served as city attorney for Rico and as Delores county attorney. Shortly after his arrival in Colorado, he married Florence E. Lewis, of Kohoka Missouri, and to this ideally happy union were born three children. Two daughters - Eulalee T. Pulliam and Mrs. Josephine Dudley, survive.
Ever a predominate figure in public life and political circles, James Pulliam first became district attorney of the sixth judicial district in 1902, serving until 1913, after his removal to Durango late in 1904.
A signal honor, in reward for his services to his party, was bestowed upon Mr. Pulliam in 1916 when he was elected to Lieutenant governor of Colorado, and during his term, he served in the stead of the chief executive for a period of two weeks.
The grief over his passing that is felt by his daughters and immediate circle of friends is shared by hosts of acquaintances over the San Juan basin and the state.
Florence Eulalee Lewis Pulliam
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