District Attorney Profile

George H. Van Horn

George H. Van Horn (DA 1905-1909)

GEORGE H. VAN HORN (1870 - 1948)

Eighth Judicial District, 1905 - 1909

Pennsylvania native George H. Van Horn moved to Colorado in 1896 and enrolled in the State Normal School in Greeley. He obtained his law degree at the University of Indiana and returned to Colorado where he was admitted to the bar in 1900.

Van Horn practiced law in Loveland and continued to reside there as District Attorney of the Eighth Judicial District which, at the time, included Boulder, Larimer, Weld, and Adams counties. He also represented Larimer County in the Colorado State Legislature.

Afterwards Van Horn moved his law practice to Walden, the county seat of Jackson County, where he also ranched for several years. After Jackson County’s formation in 1909 it was added to the Eighth Judicial District, and Adams County moved to the First.

In 1921, when Louis B. Reed took office as District Attorney, he appointed Van Horn as his deputy for Jackson County. A few years later, Van Horn moved to Greeley to work as deputy for District Attorney Ab Romans. Van Horn was elected Weld County Judge in 1928 and served through 1932. After his term of office expired, he retired from law practice and moved to Vale, Oregon, where he owned and operated a farm.

Photo: City of Greeley Museums, Permanent Collection (Greeley Tribune)