Ritch, William G.

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William Gillet Ritch (1830-1904) was territorial secretary of New Mexico from 1873 to 1885 and authored several books about New Mexico history. He was a native of New York who moved to Michigan in 1855 and later settled in Wisconsin. After serving in the 46th Wisconsin Cavalry in the Civil War, Ritch returned to Wisconsin and was elected state senator. He was later proprietor and editor of the Winnebago County Press. Failing health forced Ritch to seek a better climate, and in 1873 he was appointed secretary of the Territory of New Mexico. He served in this capacity until 1885, with the added responsibility of serving as acting territorial governor in 1875. He was active in the establishment of a public school system in the Territory and became a regent of the State Normal School. He developed an interest in the history of New Mexico and began collecting historical documents in hopes of circumventing their destruction or dispersal. He was elected as the first president of the New Mexico Historical Society in 1880.

From the guide to the William G. Ritch Collection, 1539-1901, bulk 1845-1882, (The Huntington Library)

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associatedWith Abreu, Santiago person
associatedWith Allen, William S. (William Stickney), 1805-1868 person
associatedWith Alvarez, Manuel, 1794-1856 person
associatedWith Armijo, Manuel person
associatedWith Arny, William Frederick Milton person
associatedWith Axtell, Samuel B. (Samuel Beach), 1819-1891 person
associatedWith Baca, Ramón person
associatedWith Baird, Spruce M. person
associatedWith Baker, Grafton person
associatedWith Bandelier, Adolph Frances Alphonse, 1840-1914 person
associatedWith Beall, Benjamin Lloyd person
associatedWith Beaubien, Carlos person
associatedWith Becknell, William, 1787 or 8-1856 person
associatedWith Beck, Preston person
associatedWith Benedict, Kirby, 1810-1874 person
associatedWith Blumner, Charles person
associatedWith Buell, Salmon A. person
associatedWith Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881 person
associatedWith Bustamante, Anastasio, 1780-1853 person
associatedWith Calhoun, James S. person
associatedWith Carleton, James Henry, 1814-1873 person
associatedWith Carson, Kit, 1809-1868 person
associatedWith Chandler, Zachariah, 1813-1879 person
associatedWith Clark, William, 1770-1838 person
associatedWith Clever, Charles P., 1830-1874 person
associatedWith Concha, Fernando de la person
associatedWith Cooke, Philip St. George, 1809-1895 person
associatedWith Ewell, Richard Stoddert, 1817-1872 person
associatedWith Fernández de la Cueva Enríquez, Francisco Duque de Alburquerque person
associatedWith Gantt, Juan person
associatedWith Garland, John person
associatedWith Gregg, Josiah, 1806-1850 person
associatedWith Houghton, Joab person
associatedWith Houston, Sam, 1793-1863 person
associatedWith Howell, José Miguel person
associatedWith Howe, Timothy O. (Timothy Otis), 1816-1883 person
associatedWith Iturbide, Augustín de person
associatedWith Jones, Anson, 1798-1858 person
associatedWith Kearny, Steven Watts, 1794-1848 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870 person
associatedWith Lamy, John Baptist, 1814-1888 person
associatedWith Lane, William Carr, 1789-1863 person
associatedWith Leavenworth, Henry, 1783-1834 person
associatedWith MacKenzie, Ranald Slidell, 1840-1889 person
associatedWith Magoffin, James Wiley person
associatedWith Mainez, Alberto person
associatedWith Maxwell, Lucien Bonaparte, 1818-1875 person
associatedWith McMullen, William, 1824-1901 person
associatedWith Melgares, Facundo person
associatedWith Meriwether, D. (David), 1800-1893 person
associatedWith Messervy, William S. person
associatedWith Otermin, Antonio de person
associatedWith Otero, Antonio José person
associatedWith Otero, Miguel A. (Miguel Antonio), 1829-1882 person
associatedWith Paredes y Arrillaga, Mariano, 1797-1849 person
associatedWith Philip III, King of Spain, 1578-1621 person
associatedWith Pino, Juan Estevan person
associatedWith Prince, L. Bradford (LeBaron Bradford), 1840-1922 person
associatedWith Rencher, Abraham, 1798-1883 person
associatedWith Riley, Bennett, 1787-1853 person
associatedWith Robidoux, Antoine person
associatedWith Rynerson, William Logan person
associatedWith Salcedo y Salcedo, Nemesio, 1754-1814 person
associatedWith Santa Anna, Antonio López de person
associatedWith Sturgis, Samuel Davis, 1822-1889 person
associatedWith St. Vrain, Ceran person
associatedWith Sumner, Edwin V. (Edwin Vose), 1797-1863 person
associatedWith Uribarri, Juan de person
associatedWith Vargas, Diego de, 1643-1704 person
associatedWith Vigil, Donaciano, 1802-1877 person
associatedWith Vigil y Alarid, Juan Bautista person
associatedWith Waldo, Jose David person
associatedWith Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905 person
associatedWith Washington, John Macrae, 1797-1853 person
associatedWith Watts, John S. (John Sebrie), 1816-1876 person
associatedWith West, J. R. (Joseph Rodman), b. 1822 person
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