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John E. Miles

Born: 7-28-1884 - Died: 10-7-1971

John Esten Miles was born on July 28, 1884 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

In 1902 John began farming in Fannin County, TX, and in 1905 moved to Granite, OK. It was not until 1906 that he moved to New Mexico and homesteaded on a farm near Endee, Quay County. There, he purchased a general store in 1918, where he also served as a member of the school board, between 1918-1921, postmaster between the years 1917-1920. In 1920 he moved to Tucumcari and served as county assessor of Quay County between the years 1920-192 and secretary of the State Tax Commission between the years 1925-1927 and another term between 1931 and 1934. In 1927 he served as associate editor of the New Mexico Democrat and the Las Vegas Independent. In 1934 he accepted and served as the chief of the field division of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Albuquerque, N.M. In 1936, he served as the delegate to all Democratic National Convention. Governor of New Mexico, 1939-1942; chairman, New Mexico Public Service Commission, 1943-1945; Commissioner of Public Lands, 1945-1948; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1951) was not a candidate for reelection in 1950 but was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor; president of New Mexico School Book Depository; director of enforcement, Office of Price Stabilization, Denver, Colo., 1951-1952; appointed chairman of Public Service Commission, 1959-1960; chairman, Democratic Party of New Mexico, 1961-1964; died in Santa Fe, N.Mex., October 7, 1971; interment in Memorial Lawns Cemetery.