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Biographical Snapshot of Holm Bursum

BURSUM, HOLM O.: Republican, of Socorro; stock raiser; born at Fort Dodge, Iowa, February 10, 1867; resident of New Mexico since 1881; member of Territorial senate 1899‑1900; delegate to the Republican National Conventions 1904, 1908, 1912; chairman of the Republican Territorial central committee 1905, 1911; member and Republican floor leader of the constitutional convention 1910; member of the Republican National Committee since 1919; appointed United States Senator March 11, 1921, by Governor Mechem, to succeed Senator Fall; elected at special election held September 20, 1921, to fill the unexpired term of Senator Fall; served from March 11, 1921, to March 3, 1925. Now residing in Socorro, Socorro County, N. Mex.

New Mexico State Records Center and Archives

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.

BURSUM, Holm Olaf, (1867 - 1953)

Senate Years of Service: 1921-1925

Party: Republican

BURSUM, Holm Olaf, a Senator from New Mexico; born at Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, February 10, 1867; attended the public schools; moved to New Mexico in 1881; settled near Socorro, Socorro County, and engaged in stock raising; member, Territorial senate 1899-1900; chairman of the Territorial central committee in 1905 and 1911; member of the State constitutional convention in 1910; member of the Republican National Committee 1920-1924; appointed on March 11, 1921, and subsequently elected on September 20, 1921, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Albert B. Fall and served from March 11, 1921, to March 3, 1925; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses) engaged in the newspaper business at Washington, D.C., and subsequently returned to Socorro, N.Mex., and resumed his former business interests until his death in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 7, 1953; interment in Socorro Protestant Cemetery, Socorro, N.Mex.

 

Bibliography

Moorman, Donald R. “A Political Biography of Holm O. Bursum, 1899-1924.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of New Mexico, 1962; Fernlund, Kevin J. ”Senator Holm O. Bursom and the Mexican Ring, 1921-1924.” New Mexico Historical Review 66 (October 1991): 433-53.

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