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David Chavez, Jr. Papers

Identifier: AC622p

Scope and Content

Papers include black and white copies of three war memorial photographs, an invitation to Mr. Chavez for a 1948 reception honoring President Harry S. Truman from Puerto Rico's governor Pinero and copies of a poem written to commemorate the christening of the USS New Mexico (also called "Lucky Lady") by Chavez' daughter Caroline in 1942. Two letters from 1984 and 1985 were written to Caroline from Dr. A.E. Laurence, who served in World War II alongside Colonel Chavez, and which recount stories about Dachau prison rescue attempts and the War Crimes Tribunal. A third letter to Caroline was written in 1950 by a maternal aunt living in Boulder Colorado.


  • 1950-1985

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Biography / History

David Chavez, Jr. was born in Albuquerque, NM in 1897 and studied at the University of New Mexico and Georgetown Law School. He spent much of his adult life in New Mexico, apart from service in both World Wars and a District Judgeship in Puerto Rico. He was mayor of Santa Fe, NM from 1932 to 1934 and served in the New Mexico Supreme Court from 1960-1968. He died in 1984.


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Finding Aid of the David Chavez, Jr. Papers, 1950-1985
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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