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Governor Washington E. Lindsey Papers,

Identifier: 1959-096

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Lindsey. Correspondence, appointments, resignations, proclamations, and executive orders involve various state agencies and institutions. Oaths consist of Lindseys oath of office. Reports concern the New Mexico Land Office and several New Mexico counties. Special reports and investigations include documentation on labor disputes in the Gallup area, a threatened strike in the Madrid mining district, the influenza outbreak in Rio Arriba County, general health conditions in New Mexico, and various other subjects. Petitions pertain to the price of coal and the construction of the Hondo-Mogollon road in Socorro County. Reports to the governor on World War I include documentation on the war effort and documentation from several administrative agencies. Pardons and penal papers contain paroles, requisitions for extraditions, and reprieves from sentences. Some penal papers relate to Villistas involved in the raid on Columbus, New Mexico.


  • 1917-1918

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Biographical Note

Washington E. Lindsey was born near Armstrong, Ohio, on December 20, 1862, the son of Robert Washington and Julia Anne (Shipman) Lindsey. He earned a bachelors degree in 1884 from Scio College in Harrison County, Ohio and worked as a teacher in Ohio, New York, and Illinois. Lindsey earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1891 and practiced law in Chicago for 10 years before moving to Portales, New Mexico in the early 1900s. A Republican, he served as a United States Commissioner; County Clerk of Roosevelt County (1903-1905); Assistant District Attorney in Roosevelt County (1905-1909); Mayor of Portales (1909-1910); and a Member of the State Constitutional Convention (1910-1912). Lindsey was elected Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in 1916 and assumed the office of Governor in February, 1917 upon the death of newly-elected Ezequiel C De Baca. Lindsey completed his term as Governor at the end of 1918, and died on April 5, 1926.


11 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into nine series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Oaths
  3. Appointments, resignations, proclamations, and executive orders
  4. Legislative papers
  5. Reports to the governor
  6. Special reports and investigations
  7. Petitions
  8. Reports to governor, World War I
  9. Pardons and penal papers


Contact Information

  1. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  2. Archives and Historical Services Division
  3. 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
  5. Phone: 505-476-7908
  6. Fax: 505-476-7909
  7. Email:
  8. URL:
Inventory of the Governor Washington E. Lindsey Papers, 1917-1918
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7948