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Edwin L. Mechem Correspondence

Identifier: AC 167

Scope and Content

Correspondence and letters to and from the governor's office during the year 1952. He served as governor during the years 1951-1954.

The collection is inventoried largely in alphabetical order by sender. The Governor is identified as "ELM."


  • 1952-1964


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Biographical Information

Edwin Leard Mechem was born to Edwin Mechem and Eunice Leard Mechem on 2 July 1912 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was educated at New Mexico State University and the University of Arkansas Law School. He practiced law in Las Cruces; was an FBI agent during WWII; was elected to the state legislature in 1946; and served four terms as governor of New Mexico (1951-54; 1957-58; 1961-62). In 1962 he was appointed to the U.S. Senate filling Dennis Chávez's seat upon his death but lost re-election in 1964. From 1970 on, Mechem served on the U.S. District Court bench until his death in November 2002 in Albuquerque.


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Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Email:
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Guide to the Edwin L. Mechem Correspondence, 1952-1964
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090