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King M. Trimble Papers

Identifier: ARL16

Scope and Contents

Contains many secondary items (laudatory certificates, photocopied documents) and ephemeral realia (tuxedo, cowboy hat, cowboy boots, eyeglasses, racquetball racquet, stationery).


  • 1972-2001

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

King Trimble was born on March 27, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Raised in northeast Denver, Trimble graduated from Manual High School in 1960, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Colorado State University. He received his law degree from the Saint Louis School of Law, and began practicing law in Denver, in 1969.

In 1977, Trimble succeeded Wellington E. Webb as the State Representative from District 8 to the Colorado Legislature when Webb resigned to become the regional director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare during President Jimmy Carter's administration. In 1978, Trimble was elected to a full term in the State House. Elected to the Denver City Council in 1980, when longtime councilman Elvin Caldwell resigned his seat, Trimble served until 1983.

Though his time on the City Council was brief, Trimble is credited with helping to give the council more checks on the Mayor. He sponsored a charter that requires a special election to replace a mayor who leaves in midterm, rather than having the outgoing mayor name his or her own successor. Trimble also was instrumental in passing a proposal that gave the council the right to review and reject city contracts larger than $500,000. Trimble built a successful law firm with partner Darrell Nulan, and was a founding member of the Sam Cary Bar Association.

Trimble was married to the former Dixie Lee. They had one son. King Trimble died of cancer in November in 1998. He was 55 years old.


1 Boxes

2 oversize boxes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dixie Trimble, 2000. Gift, Donor unknown, 2005.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205