In 1861, he was elected as clerk (or assistant) to Major J.S. Filmore, then Paymaster for the United States of America. For a time, Mr. Kassler followed Major Filmore south into New Mexico where he became actively engaged in paying the troops keeping the peace within that territory.
In the early twentieth century the number of traveling companies decreased as movies became popular and a cheaper form of entertainment. McCourt had seen this change coming: In 1897 he was the first to bring moving pictures to Denver, and years later he was the first to offer Denver talking movies.
His natural capacity to lead prompted Governor John Evans to appoint him Major General of Colorado’s territorial militia. Teller held this position from 1863 to 1865, during which he helped settle disputes with the Arapaho and Cheyenne peoples, who had recently been forced off their ancestral lands in the eastern plains.
Throughout history, the arts have always enjoyed the special patronage of people who sought to elevate the human condition through poetry, music, and the theater.