Chavez, Dennis, 1888-1962

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Chavez served as one of New Mexico's U.S. Senators from 1935 to 1962. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

From the description of Dennis Chavez papers, 1954-1962. (Santa Fe Public Library). WorldCat record id: 37653223

Born in Valencia County, N.M. Elected to the New Mexico State Legislature in 1922. In 1930, elected as the Democratic candidate to the House of Representatives. Appointed in 1935 to the Senate where he served until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1962. Among other causes during his political career he supported improving higher educational facilities in N.M., was pro-labor, and advocate of the Good Neighbor Policy toward Latin America.

From the description of Papers, 1921-1963 (bulk 1930-1962). (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 35639286

Born in Valencia County, N.M. Elected to the New Mexico State Legislature in 1922. In 1930, elected as the Democratic candidate to the House of Representatives. Appointed in 1935 to the Senate where he served until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1962. Among other causes during his political career he supported improving higher educational facilities in New Mexico, was pro-labor, and advocate of the Good Neighbor Policy toward Latin America.

From the guide to the Dennis Chávez Pictorial Collection, 1866-1991, (University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research)

Dennis Chávez. (Box 69, Folder 14)

Dennis Chávez (christened "Dionicio") was born in Los Chávez, Valencia County, New Mexico on April 8, 1888. His parents, David and Paz (Sanchez) Chávez were members of families that had lived in Los Chávez for generations. In 1895, David Chávez moved his family to the Barelas section of Albuquerque where Dennis attended school until financial hardships necessitated that he go to work. His first job was delivering groceries at the Highland Grocery store. Later on, he studied engineering and surveying at night and worked as an engineer for the City of Albuquerque for several years.

In 1911, Chávez married Imelda Espinosa, a member of a prominent New Mexico family. In 1914, they moved to Belen. He worked briefly as editor of a Belen weekly newspaper, as a court interpreter, and as a private contractor until 1916, when he obtained temporary employment as a Spanish interpreter for Senator A. A. Jones' reelection campaign. In 1918, he was offered a position as assistant executive clerk of the Senate in Washington, D.C. by Senator Jones. He accepted this position, passed a special admission exam at Georgetown University Law School and studied law at night. He graduated from Georgetown in 1920 and returned to Albuquerque to establish a law practice.

In 1922, Chávez ran successfully for the New Mexico state legislature. In 1930, he was elected as the Democratic candidate to the U. S. House of Representatives; in 1932, he became chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. Chávez was defeated by Bronson Cutting for a Senate seat in 1934, but when Cutting was killed in 1935, Governor Clyde Tingley appointed Chávez to fill the vacant seat. He was elected to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term in 1936, and was re-elected in 1940, 1946, 1952, and 1958.

Chávez was instrumental in improving higher educational facilities in New Mexico. He actively supported legislation to benefit farmers and protect New Mexico's share of water from the Colorado River. Chávez was pro-labor, co-sponsoring the Fair Employment Practices Commission Bill; he was involved with legislation pertaining to Indian affairs; he was an advocate of the Good Neighbor Policy toward Latin America. Dennis Chávez was chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads, the Committee on Public Works, and the Senate Subcommittee for Defense Appropriations. Chávez was the first native-born Hispanic elected to the U. S. Senate. At the time of his death, he was fourth ranking in Senate seniority. He died in Washington D. C. on November 18, 1962 and is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque.

From the guide to the Dennis Chávez Papers, 1921-1963, 1930-1962, (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

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referencedIn Jackson, William Henry. Anderson, Clinton P. (Collection) [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Chavez, Dennis, 1888-1962. Dennis Chavez papers, 1954-1962. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Parman, Donald Lee 1932-. Donald L. Parman papers, 1883-1994 (bulk 1933-1944) University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Dennis Chávez Pictorial Collection, 1866-1991 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn Donald Lee Parman Papers, 1883-1994, 1933-1944 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn Governor Clyde K. Tingley Papers, 1935-1938 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Clinton P. Anderson Photographs, 1946-1975 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven photograph collection, 1914-1987 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn Vigil, Maurilio E., 1941-. Parallels in the careers of two Hispanic U.S. senators / by Maurilio Vigil and Roy Lujan. New Mexico Highlands University, Donnelly Library
referencedIn Governor Andrew W. Hockenhull Papers, 1933-1934 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
creatorOf Dennis Chávez Papers, 1921-1963, 1930-1962 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn BIG SLAM/PUERTO PINE, MARCH 1960
referencedIn Cutting, Bronson M., 1888-1935. Bronson M. Cutting papers, 1890-1950 (bulk 1910-1935). Library of Congress
referencedIn New Mexico postage stamp collection 1946-2006 Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn John Collier papers, 1910-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Dennis Chávez Papers, 1921-1963, 1930-1962 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn Richard Lowitt Papers on Bronson M. Cutting, 1899-1993 (bulk 1910-1936, 1982-1988) University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn Committee Papers, 1871 - 1946 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Dennis Chávez Papers, 1921-1963, 1930-1962 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn Committee Papers of the Committee on Privileges and Elections During the 74th Congress United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Frederick Hale Papers, 1917-1940 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986. Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Governor John E. Miles Papers, 1939-1942 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn Bachrach Studio. Dennis Chávez pictorial collection [Picture] University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Lyndon Baines Johnson Archives Collection. 1931 - 1968. Congressional Correspondence Files
referencedIn Central Council of District Clubs (Saint Paul, Minn.). Organization records, 1928-1940. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Dennis Chavez letter, 1938 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn GEN. LEMAY'S SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AT WHITE HOUSE
creatorOf New Mexico. Governor (1947-1950 : Mabry). Governor Thomas J. Mabry papers, 1946-1950. New Mexico State Library
creatorOf New Mexico. Governor (1935-1938 : Tingley). Governor Clyde K. Tingley papers, 1935-1938. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Lowitt, Richard, 1922-. Papers on Bronson M. Cutting, 1899-1993, (bulk 1910-1936, 1982-1988). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Chavez, Dennis, 1888-1962. Papers, 1921-1963 (bulk 1930-1962). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Cassidy, Gerald, 1869-1934. Gerald Cassidy collection, 1922-1949. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Gerald Cassidy Collection, 1922-1949 Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
creatorOf New Mexico. Governor (1933-1934 : Hockenhull). Governor Andrew W. Hockenhull papers, 1933-1934. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Ortiz y Pino de Kleven, Concha, 1910-2006. Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven photograph collection [Picture] University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Anderson, Clinton Presba, 1895-. Papers of Clinton Presba Anderson, 1938-1972 (bulk 1948-1972). Library of Congress
creatorOf New Mexico. Governor (1959-1960 : Burroughs). Governor John Burroughs papers, 1959-1960. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Clinton Presba Anderson Papers, 1938-1973, (bulk 1948-1973) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Records of the Subcommittee on Privileges and Elections, 1946 - 1968 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Bronson M. Cutting Papers, 1890-1950, (bulk 1910-1935) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Governor Arthur Seligman Papers, 1931-1933 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
creatorOf New Mexico. Governor (1931-1933 : Seligman). Governor Arthur Seligman papers, 1931-1933. New Mexico State Library
creatorOf New Mexico. Governor (1939-1942 : Miles). Governor John E. Miles papers, 1939-1942. New Mexico State Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New Mexico
United States
United States
Latin America
New Mexico
Albuquerque (N.M.)
New Mexico
Latin America
United States
Subject
Politicians--New Mexico
Indians of North America--Government relations
Hispanic American politicians--New Mexico
Pan American Highway System
Water resources development
Indians of North America--Government spending policy
Politicians--Latin America
Legislators
Water resources development--United States
Discrimination in employment--Law and legislation
New Deal, 1933-1939
Hispanic American politicians
Politicians--United States
Discrimination in employment--Law and legislation--United States
Occupation
Lawyers
Legislators
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Person

Birth 1888-04-08

Death 1962-11-18

Americans

English,

Spanish; Castilian

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