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Judge David Chavez Jr. Papers

Identifier: AC 041-P

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the papers of David Chavez Jr., 1890-1960. Included are: political correspondence, 1926-1955; land records for land in Santa Fe, New Mexico owned by Benjamin M. Read and his heirs, 1890-1931; and a copy of a final decree, heard in Santa Fe, New Mexico, concerning the ownership of a parcel of land on Cerrillos Road, 1960. Political correspondence pertains to various subjects including an allegation of bribery brought against Bronson M. Cutting. Land records for the Read property consist of deeds and an abstract of title.


  • 1890-1960

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Biographical Note

Judge David Chavez Jr. was born in Albuquerque on November 12, 1898. His education at the University of New Mexico was interrupted by service in World War I. After his discharge, he took his Bachelor of Laws degree at Georgetown University in 1922. In the same year, he set up practice in Santa Fe. He was elected District Attorney of Santa Fe County on 1932. From 1936-1942, he served as Judge of the First Judicial District.

During World War II, Judge Chavez served in North Africa and Europe as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Department of the United States Army. After the war, he helped establish the War Crimes Group which investigated the Atro cities at Dachan Concentration Camp.

Upon returning to Santa Fe, he was elected again to the position of Judge of the First Judicial District, a position he held for a year before, in 1947, he was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico. In 1950, he returned to Santa Fe and private practice. He was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1960, to fill out the term of the retiring Chief Justice, Eugene Lujan. The following year he was elected to his first full term on the Supreme Court.

Judge Chavez married Genevieve Trovillion (1897-1980) in 1926. Throughout her married life, Mrs Chavez was active in public welfare at the local, state, and federal levels. In 1967, she was appointed to the President's Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped, a concern she worked for until her death. She was also interested in Santa Fe's cultural and social life, working in many capacities for such activities as the Opera and the Woman's Club.

Judge and Mrs. Chavez had one daughter, Caroline Trovillion (Carol), born March 29, 1925.


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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. Fax: (+)505.476.5093
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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