Sylvia Pettem’s story about Senator Simon Guggenheim’s gift to CU was another of her splendid recollections of Boulder’s past. However, her statement about the people of Colorado electing him to the Senate in 1906 was fantasy. Until ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, U. S. senators were chosen by state legislators. The 1906 General Assembly was controlled by Republicans, so Mr. Guggenheim’s political success was to achieve support of Republican legislators. Of course his 1905 gift of $80,000 to endow Guggenheim Hall at Mines may have influenced some members. He was not reelected in 1912; Democrats controlled the legislature that year.
Richard B. Collins