Martínez, Antonio José 1793-1867

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Antonio José Martínez was born in Abiquiu, N.M. in 1793. His family moved to Taos in 1804. Upon completion of his studies at the seminary in Durango, Mexico he returned to N.M., first to Tomé, then Abiquiu and finally Taos. Martínez, with others was responsible for bringing the first printing press to Santa Fe in 1834. The first printing press was primarily used to advance political, ecclesiastical, and educational agendas. Martínez is recognized as a champion of the common folk, a pastoral leader, progressive thinker, educator, politician, and as a publisher. He died in 1867 in Taos, N.M.

From the description of Publications, [1835?]-1859. (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 38893160

Antonio José Martinez was born in Abiquiu, New Mexico, in 1793. His family moved to Taos in 1804. He married María de la Luz Martín in 1812. She died a year later, leaving their infant daughter, who died in 1825.

Martinez studied in the seminary in Durango, Mexico from 1817-1823. Upon completion of his studies, he returned to New Mexico, where he was assistant to Cura Madariago of Tomé from December 1823 until March 1824, then pastor at Abiquiu. In July, 1826, Martinez was assigned to the Taos parish.

Antonio José Martinez, together with Licenciado Antonio Barreiro (an official of the Mexican government who was in New Mexico as legal advisor to the provincial authorities in Santa Fe), and Ramón Abreú (Provincial Secretary of New Mexico) were responsible for bringing the first printing press to Santa Fe in 1834. It is believed that Martinez published El Crepúsculo, New Mexico's first newspaper, although no issues have been found. The first printing press was primarily used to advance political, ecclesiastical, and educational agendas.

Martinez is recognized as a champion of the common folk, a pastoral leader, progressive thinker, educator, politician, and as a publisher. He is also known as the great antagonist of Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, the first Catholic archbishop of Santa Fe. Lamy ultimately excommunicated Martinez over issues relating to church tithing, the publication of articles criticizing the bishop, and the exercise of ecclesiastical functions without proper faculties.

Padre Antonio José Martinez died on July 27, 1867 in Taos.

From the guide to the Antonio José Martinez Publications, [1835?]-1859, (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

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referencedIn Valdez, Santiago. Biography of Padre Antonio Jose Martinez Cura=Pastor of Parish of Taos, N. Mex., A.D. 1877 / by Santiago Valdez. Modern translation by Rev. Juan Romero, 1993. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Read, Benjamin M. (Benjamin Maurice), 1853-1927. Benjamin M. Read collection, 1704-1926 (1804-1854). New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Montoya, Mauro. Mauro Montoya collection of New Mexican historical documents, 1709-1949. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Romero, Juan. Biography of Padre Antonio Jose Martinez, 1993. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Governor Sterling Price Papers, 1847-1848 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn Ward Alan Minge Collection of Historical Documents, 1697-1954 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
creatorOf Antonio José Martinez Publications, [1835?]-1859 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
referencedIn McGavran, Henry C. Henry C. McGavran collection of Beaubien family papers, 1852-1914. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Papers, (inclusive), (bulk), 1893-1983, 1943-1983 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Woodward, Dorothy, 1895-. Dorothy Woodward papers, 1847-1963. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Martínez family. Martínez family papers, 1810-1954. New Mexico State University
creatorOf Catholic Church. Diocese of Santa Fe (N.M.). Collection, 1851-1886. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library
referencedIn Valdez, Santiago. Biography of Padre Antonio Jose Martinez Cura=Pastor of Parish of Taos, N. Mex., A.D. 1877 / by Santiago Valdez. Modern translation by Rev. Juan Romero, 1993. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Mauro Montoya Collection, 1709-1949 Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
referencedIn Biography of Padre Antonio José Martinez, 1993 Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
referencedIn Minge, Ward Alan. Ward Alan Minge collection of historical documents, 1697-1954. New Mexico State Library
creatorOf Martínez, Antonio José, 1793-1867. Publications, [1835?]-1859. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf New Mexico. Governor (1847-1848 : Price). Governor Sterling Price papers, 1847-1848. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Ritch, W. G. (William Gillet), 1830-1904. Papers of William Gillet Ritch, 1539-1901 (bulk 1845-1882). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Governor Sterling Price Papers, 1847-1848 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
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correspondedWith Jacqueline Bernard person
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associatedWith McGavran, Henry C. person
associatedWith Minge, Ward Alan person
associatedWith Minge, Ward Alan. person
associatedWith Montoya, Mauro person
associatedWith Montoya, Mauro. person
associatedWith New Mexico. Governor (1847-1848 : Price) corporateBody
associatedWith Read, Benjamin M. (Benjamin Maurice), 1853-1927. person
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Private presses
Printing--New Mexico
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Birth 1793-01-17

Death 1867-07-27

Spanish; Castilian

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