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John J. Mershon papers

Identifier: Ms-0225

Scope and Content

The John J. Mershon Papers span the years 1907-1984. The bulk of the materials date from 1958-1982, when Mershon was a New Mexico State Representative. Materials include campaign and legislative files, in addition to subject files maintained by Mershon. Also included are handbooks, reports, and publications from various legislative committees. The files are organized largely in alphabetical order.


  • 1907 - 1984

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Access and Use Restrictions

This material may be examined by researchers under supervised conditions in the Search Room.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with copyright and other applicable statutes.

The copyrights possessed in this collection have not been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Historical Sketch

John J. Mershon was born September 16, 1908 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, to John Moss and Mabel Frances (Adams) Mershon. He graduated from Mena, Arkansas High School and attended Oklahoma Baptist University for most of four years. He married Milicent Lucille Browne in Washington, D. C. in 1936, and the couple moved to Mayhill, New Mexico in 1938 where he worked in his father’s lumber business.

In 1941, he entered a partnership with Bernie Bounds to raise and market produce in Mayhill and Carrizo Springs, Texas. Mr Mershon participated in the organization of the Otero County Electric Cooperative, Inc., and served as a director for a number of years. In 1956, he was a member of the founding board of directors of the First National Bank in Alamogordo where he served as director and director emeritus. He began developing recreation property in Cloudcroft in 1957. He was elected to the New Mexico State House of Representatives in 1958 and served 12 consecutive terms, retiring in 1982. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite and the Shrine.

Mershon died in Alamogordo, New Mexico July 6, 2004.


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Office files of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, legislator John J. Mershon. Mershon served as a representative of Otero and Lincoln counties for twenty-four years. Included are campaign materials, correspondence, legislative session records, reports, publications, and clippings.

Separated Material

Cassette tapes (2): RG-T 185


Contact Information

  1. Archives and Special Collections
  2. New Mexico State University Library
  3. P.O. Box 30006
  4. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8006
  5. Phone: (575) 646-3839
  6. Fax: (575) 646-7477
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Register of the John J. Mershon Papers, 1907-1984 (bulk 1958-1982)
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© 2000
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Finding aid is in English

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  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State University::Archives and Special Collections//TEXT (US::NmLcU::Ms 225::John J. Mershon Papers)//EN" "nmlcu1ms225.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA