Clyde Tingley

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Clyde Tingley
Clyde Tingley.jpg
11th Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1935 – January 1, 1939
LieutenantLouis Cabeza de Baca
Hiram M. Dow
Preceded byAndrew W. Hockenhull
Succeeded byJohn E. Miles
Personal details
Born(1881-01-05)January 5, 1881
London, Ohio, U.S.
DiedDecember 24, 1960(1960-12-24) (aged 79)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Carrie Wooster

Clyde Kendle Tingley (January 5, 1881 – December 24, 1960) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician who served as the 11th governor of the State of New Mexico. He was a children's healthcare advocate.


Clyde Tingley was born on a farm near London, Ohio in 1881.[1][2] He lived a bad life of farming. His wife Carrie suffered from tuberculosis and was informed that the climate in Ohio would eventually kill her. Her doctors suggested visiting or relocating to the warmer climate of the Southwest, and recommended the Methodist Sanitarium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Tingleys relocated to New Mexico from Ohio in 1910. While his wife recovered, Clyde dabbled in local politics. He relocated just in time to see the admission of New Mexico as a state, and almost immediately he was alarmed over how the dominant Republican Party ran the State.

Tingley's first political office was on the Albuquerque City Council from 1916 to 1917 as alderman for the Second Ward.[3] After Albuquerque switched to a City commission government in 1917, Tingley served as a city commissioner from 1922 to 1935, including ten years as Chairman (mayoral equivalent) from 1925 to 1935.[4][5] He also served as district maintenance superintendent of the New Mexico State Highway Department for the Albuquerque district (1925–1926). He was also a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of (1928, 1932, and 1936). Through this entire period, his wife's illness was at his heart, and he was an outspoken advocate for healthcare – particularly for children.

Tingley was handily elected Governor of New Mexico in 1934 as a proponent of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs. During this time, he set up over a dozen hospitals in the state, including the Carrie Tingley Hospital in honor of his wife, to help children with tuberculosis. He was reelected in 1936 and became the first Governor of New Mexico to serve two consecutive full terms. (His predecessor, Arthur Seligman, died during his second term.) In 1938, he successfully resurrected the defunct New Mexico State Fair by breaking ground at the Fairgrounds. The center of the Fairgrounds, Tingley Coliseum, was named after him.

As governor, Tingley continued his predecessor's practice of systematically recording the political affiliation of applicants for federal aid, stating that "only by returning a solid Democratic front can New Mexico get its full share of the money to be distributed by the federal government in the next two years".[6]

After the end of his tenure as Governor, he was reelected to his old position as Chairman of the Albuquerque City Commission and served a further 13 years in that role from 1940 to 1953. Tingley was responsible for the local introduction and widespread planting of the Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) throughout the city of Albuquerque. At the time of pollination, the tree distributes voluminous amounts of granular chaffe, which has come to be known as Tingley's Dandruff.

Tingley died in Albuquerque at the age of 79. He is interred at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque.


  1. ^ Small Town Girl: And other stories about ordinary people who led extraordinary lives
  2. ^ New Mexico & Politicians of the Past
  3. ^ "New Aldermen Get Certificates After Canvass". Albuquerque Journal. April 8, 1916. Retrieved August 9, 2020 – via
  4. ^ "List of City Officials For Past 50 Years". Albuquerque Journal. June 30, 1935. Retrieved August 9, 2020 – via
  5. ^ "Tingley Resigns City Place". Albuquerque Journal. January 15, 1935. Retrieved August 9, 2020 – via
  6. ^ Folsom 2008, p. 284.

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Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of New Mexico
1934, 1936
Succeeded by
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Preceded by Governor of New Mexico
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