George Curry (politician)

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George Curry
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Personal details
Born April 3, 1861
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
Died November 24, 1947 (aged 86)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nationality American
Occupation politician

George Curry (April 3, 1861 – November 24, 1947) was a U.S. military officer and politician.

Biography[edit]

He was born in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. During the Spanish American War he served in Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders. He did not see action in Cuba, but did participate in the fighting in the Philippines.

He served as the 18th Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1907 to 1910,[1] and US Representative for New Mexico from 1911 to 1913. Curry County, New Mexico was named in his honor.

He was a Representative from New Mexico; born on Greenwood plantation, near Bayou Sara, Louisiana., April 3, 1861; attended the public schools; moved to the Territory of New Mexico in 1879 and worked on a cattle ranch until 1881; acted as post trader at Fort Stanton; engaged in the mercantile and stock business until 1886; deputy treasurer of Lincoln County in 1886 and 1887; elected county clerk in 1888, county assessor in 1890, and sheriff in 1892; member of the Territorial senate in 1894 and 1896, serving as president the latter year; lieutenant of the First Volunteer Cavalry, known as “Roosevelt’s Rough Riders,” in the Spanish-American War; sheriff of Otero County in 1899; resigned to join the Eleventh Volunteer Cavalry; lieutenant, provost marshal, and provost judge, with service in the Philippine Islands from December 16, 1899, to March 20, 1901; Governor of the Province of Camarines, Philippine Islands, in 1901; chief of police of the city of Manila, 1901; Governor of the Province of Isabela 1903-1905; Governor of the Province of Samar from 1905 to 1907, when he resigned; Governor of the Territory of New Mexico 1907-1911; upon the admission of New Mexico as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress and served from January 8, 1912, to March 3, 1913; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1912; engaged in the hotel business in Socorro, N.Mex.; private secretary to United States Senator Holm O. Bursum of New Mexico in 1921 and 1922; member of the International Boundary Commission, 1922–1927; moved to a ranch near Cutter, N.Mex.; served as State historian for New Mexico from 1945 until his death in Albuquerque, N.Mex., November 27, 1947; interment in National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.Mex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ State of New Mexico (July 2012). Kathryn A. Flynn, ed. 2012 Centennial Blue Book. Diana J. Duran. Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. p. 210. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Herbert James Hagerman
Governor of New Mexico Territory
1907-1910
Succeeded by
William J. Mills
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
none
Representative from New Mexico
1911–1913
Succeeded by
Representatives cut to one