Otero, Miguel Antonio, 1859-1944

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Born in St. Louis, Mo. in 1849. His family moved to New Mexico in 1851. Otero's first job was working as a bookkeeper wit the family firm, Otero, Sellar & Company. He entered politics in 1883 as City Treasurer of Las Vegas. In 1897 he was appointed Territorial Governor of New Mexico, remained so until 1906. He remained active in politics throughout his life. By 1920 he switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party. He also had a career as a writer. His stories about his experiences in territorial New Mexico were printed in national magazines and several of his books were published.

From the description of Miguel Antonio Otero papers, 1819-1938 (bulk 1890-1938). (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 40226665

From the guide to the Miguel A. Otero Photograph Collection, 1872 ca. -1939 ca., (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

Photo of Miguel Antonio Otero. Part of M.A. Otero Pictorial Collection, PICT 000-021, (Box 2, Folder 10).

Miguel A. Otero was born in St. Louis, Missouri, October 17, 1849. His parents, who had temporarily relocated to St. Louis, returned to New Mexico when Miguel was two years old. Educated at local schools and at Notre Dame, Otero took his first job working as a bookkeeper with the family firm, Otero, Sellar and Company. He later worked at the San Miguel National Bank, then entered politics in 1883 as City Treasurer of Las Vegas. Serving as clerk in various court offices and involved in the Republican party, Otero moved into a recognizable position in New Mexico state politics. In 1897, by serendipitous circumstance, Otero was appointed Territorial Governor of New Mexico. He was reappointed and remained governor until 1906.

Remaining active in politics throughout his life, Otero attended national conventions and served in a number of appointments including a term as U.S. Marshal of the Panama Canal Zone, 1917-1921. Over time he became disenchanted with the Republicans. He followed Teddy Roosevelt to the Progressive party, attending their national convention in 1912. By 1920 he switched to the Democrats, where he served as a member of the Democratic National Committee.

While his commitment to politics remained strong, Otero's desire to tell of his experiences in territorial New Mexico led to a prolific career as a writer. His stories were printed in national magazines and several of his books were published, most notably, My Life on The Frontier (New York: The Press of the Pioneers, 1935-1939), My Nine Years as Governor (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1940), and The Real Billy the Kid (New York: R.R. Wilson, 1936.)

From the guide to the Miguel Antonio Otero Papers, 1819-1938 (bulk 1890-1938), (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

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referencedIn Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895. Correspondence, 1860-1868. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Bond, Marshall, 1867-1941. Collection, 1926-1954, (bulk 1926-1927, 1954). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Olsen, Clara H. Clara H. Olsen papers, 1879-1961. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Frank W. Parker Papers, 1880-1933 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn Charles Lanman Correspondence, 1860-1868 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
creatorOf Prince, L. Bradford (Le Baron Bradford), 1840-1922. L. Bradford Prince papers, 1744-1922. New Mexico State Library
creatorOf Otero, Miguel Antonio, 1859-1944. Miguel Antonio Otero papers, 1819-1938 (bulk 1890-1938). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Richard Lowitt Papers on Bronson M. Cutting, 1899-1993 (bulk 1910-1936, 1982-1988) The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
creatorOf Miguel Antonio Otero Papers, 1819-1938 (bulk 1890-1938) The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn Lucero, Jose R. Jose R. Lucero warrant, 1902. New Mexico State University
referencedIn L. Bradford Prince Papers, 1744-1922 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn Clara H. Olsen Papers, 1879-1961 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn Marshall Bond Collection, 1926-1954, (bulk 1926-1927, 1954) The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn Lowitt, Richard, 1922-. Papers on Bronson M. Cutting, 1899-1993, (bulk 1910-1936, 1982-1988). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Catron, Thomas Benton, 1840-1921. Thomas B. Catron papers, 1692-1934. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Otero-Stinson Family Papers, 1843-1985 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn Otero, Miguel A., 1892-. Otero-Stinson family papers, 1843-1985. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Parker, Frank W. Frank W. Parker papers, 1880-1933. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Governor Miguel A. Otero Papers, 1897-1906 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn Santa Fe Programs, Certificates, and Proclamations, 1833-1958 Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, New Mexico History Museum.
referencedIn A. A. Jones Family Papers, 1865-1942 (bulk 1885-1942) Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, New Mexico History Museum.
referencedIn Thomas B. Catron Papers, 1692-1934 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
creatorOf Miguel A. Otero Photograph Collection, 1872 ca. -1939 ca. The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn Otero, Miguel A. (Collection) [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Marshall Bond Photograph Collection, 1880-1926 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn New Mexico. Governor (1897-1906 : Otero). Governor Miguel A. Otero papers, 1897-1906. New Mexico State Library
creatorOf Jones, Andrieus Aristieus, 1862-1927. A.A. Jones Family Papers 1865-1942. Museum of New Mexico Library
creatorOf Otero, Miguel Antonio, 1859-1944. [Letter to Mr. Maurice H. Needham, Aug. 25th, 1939] / Miguel A. Otero. Lake Forest College, Donnelley and Lee Library
referencedIn United States. President (1897-1901 : McKinley). Santa Fe programs, certificates, and proclamations, 1833-1958. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Dargan, Marion. Papers, 1890-1943, (bulk 1890-1912). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Marion Dargan Papers, 1890-1943 (bulk 1890-1912) The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Canal Zone
New Mexico
Santa Fe (N.M.)
Tejon Land Grant (N.M.)
Fort Sumner (N.M.)
Las Vegas (N.M.)
Albuquerque (N.M.)
Lincoln County (N.M.)
Raton, N.M.
Roswell, N.M.
Tejon Land Grant (N.M.)
Canal Zone
New Mexico
White Oaks, (N.M.)
Washington (D.C.)
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Birth 1859-10-17

Death 1944-08-07

Spanish; Castilian,

French,

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