Arizona became a United States Territory on February 24, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln appointed the first three territorial governors: John A. Gurley, John Noble Goodwin, and Richard C. McCormick; only two served. John Gurley, on the evening of his departure to Arizona for his new appointment, suffered an appendicitis attack and died at the age of forty-nine. John Addison Gurley studied theology and became a minister. In Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Gurley became an owner and editor of a local newspaper and later became a United States Congressman. He served in the Civil War as Colonel with General John C. Fremont. Now you know why there is a Gurley Street in Prescott.
JOHN A. GURLEY – May 2014