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William G. Haydon Papers

Identifier: MSS-526-BC

Scope and Content

The William G. Haydon Papers contains photocopies of family correspondence, short stories, business documents and newspaper clippings: Family correspondence includes William Haydon's letters to his son Bill, March 1919 to August 1926; letters to William Haydon from his son Bill, October 1911 to March 1926; III. Letters from William Haydon to his family March 1919 to January 1926; and correspondence between the four Haydon brothers: William, Curtis, Condit, and Ned, February 1922 to May 1934.

All the letters show a close and supportive family. The personal correspondence between William Haydon and his son Bill reveals a deep affection between the two men.

In May 2001, the Constance Modrall Papers, formerly MSS 372 SC, were added to this collection. They comprise folder 10 of this collection.


  • 1911-1934

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

William G. Haydon was born on March 31, 1861 in the town of Columbia, Missouri. He had three brothers: Curtis, Condit, and Ned. Educated in law at Missouri State University, he graduated and passed the Bar examination in 1888. From 1888 until his death in the fall of 1937, William Haydon worked as an attorney, judge, and banker in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

After practicing law for two years with the firm of Lee and Fort, Mr. Haydon founded his own law office in 1890. He also held the office of deputy collector and deputy assessor, both positions for two years. After serving two terms as a trustee of the town of East Las Vegas, he ran, as a Democrat, for a seat on the city council, but was defeated.

On December 30, 1896, he married Jessie E. Osborne. She was a native of Shullsburg, Wisconsin and a graduate of the School of Oratory in Northwestern University of Chicago. They had three children: William Jr., Osborne and Virginia. Bill (William Jr.) married Faye, Osborne married Ada, and Virginia married William S. Stone.


1 box (.26 cu. ft.)

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • History of New Mexico, Index for the Historical Review, F796.H7, p. 346
  • Modrall, Constance Letters and Speeches of Judge William G. Haydon, 1970
Finding Aid of the William G. Haydon Papers, 1911-1934
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131