JOYCE LOHSE. First Governor, First Lady: John and Eliza Routt of Colorado. Filter Press. Trade paperback, 74 pages, $14.95, filterpressbooks.com
John Routt served three terms as Colorado’s governor, struck it rich mining silver, and managed construction of the new state capitol building. Eliza worked for women’s equal suffrage, children’s rights, and education. Together, the Routts led Colorado into statehood, and served as model public officials for the new state.