Tabor, Horace

Tabor, Horace (Austin Warner)

(1830–99) prospector, merchant; born in Holland, Vt. He moved to Colorado and made a fortune from a silver mine (1878). He built a hotel and two opera houses in Colorado. He filled an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate (Rep., Colo.; 1883). He lost his fortune and was penniless by 1893; he was made postmaster of Denver to spare him the humiliation of total destitution. His second wife was "Baby Doe," who in 1935 ended her life freezing to death in the shack at the mouth of the mine that she was convinced would still yield more silver.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.