9 Dicta 113 (1931-1932)
Stephen Selwyn Harding Chief Justice, Territory of Colorado, 1863-1865

handle is hein.journals/denlr9 and id is 137 raw text is: STEPHEN SELWYN HARDING
CHIEF JUSTICE, TERRITORY OF
COLORADO, 1863-1865
By Fred Y. Holland of the Denver Bar
TEPHEN S. HARDING, of Indiana, the second Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Colo-
rado, was appointed by President Lincoln and commis-
sioned on July 10, 1863. He presided as Chief Justice from
that date until May, 1865.
Judge Harding was born in Ontario County, New York,
February 24, 1808. At the age of twelve his family emigrated
to Ripley County, Indiana. When not occupied on his father's
farm, young Harding attended the public schools until he was
sixteen years of age. He was industrious and of a studious
disposition, and early exhibited a talent for oratory. When
but seventeen years of age he was selected to deliver the Fourth
of July oration at a local gathering of the settlers. Having
determined on the law as the field best suited to his ability,
he entered the office of William R. Morris, of Brookville, and
supported himself in the meantime by teaching school. He
received his license to practice law in March, 1828, and
opened an office at Versailles. He quickly assumed a high
rank in his profession, and also took an ardent interest in
politics. He was nominated several times for Governor of
Indiana and for other State offices on the Liberal ticket. On
the 31st of March, 1862, Judge Harding was appointed by
President Lincoln to the office of Governor of Utah Territory,
and his appointment was confirmed by the Senate without a
dissenting vote. He arrived in Utah Territory in July, 1862,
and remained there until June, 1863, when he resigned. The
next month, July, 1863, Judge Harding was appointed Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Colorado,
which office he held until May, 1865, when he resigned and
returned to Indiana to resume the practice of his profession.
Judge Harding died in Ripley County, Indiana, February 12,
1891, leaving surviving him his wife, four daughters and
three sons, all residents of Indiana.

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