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A Biographical Sketch of Jose Manuel Gallegos

GALLEGOS, JOSE MANUEL: Born in what is now Rio Arriba County, N. Mex., October 30, 1815; attended the parochial schools; studied theology at the College of Durango, Republic of Mexico, and was graduated in 1840; member of the legislative assembly of what was then the Department of New Mexico, Republic of Mexico, 1843-46; member of the first Territorial Council of the Territory of New Mexico in 1851; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty‑third Congress (March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855); presented credentials as a Delegate‑elect to the Thirty‑fourth Congress, and served from March 4, 1855, to July 23, 1856, when he was succeeded by Miguel A. Otero, who contested his election; member of the Territorial house of representatives 1860‑62 and served as speaker; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1862 to the Thirty‑eighth Congress; made a prisoner of war by the Texas Confederate troops in 1862; treasurer of the Territory in 1865 and 1866; superintendent of Indian affairs in New Mexico in 1868; elected as a Democrat to the Forty‑second Congress (March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty‑third Congress; died in Santa Fe, N. Mex., April 21, 1875.

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History Files, Box Serial # 9269

New Mexico, Land of Enchantment Presented by Mr. Hatch. 77th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Document 91, July 24, 1941. Washington, D.C., 1941.