Daniel K. Sadler

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Judge of the New Mexico Supreme Court
In office
January 1, 1931 – May 15, 1959
Preceded by Clarence J. Roberts
Succeeded by Tony Scarborough

Daniel Kennard Sadler (October 28, 1882 – April 2, 1960) was an American lawyer and justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court.


Sadler was born on October 28, 1882 in Paris, Arkansas.[1] He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1905, and earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.[2]

Sadler married Jessie McGaugh, a native of Gentry, Arkansas, on August 27, 1911; they had two sons: Daniel Jr. and Robert G.[2]

He then practiced law for six years in Dallas, Texas.[2] He moved to New Mexico in 1915. He practiced law for three years in Santa Fe, and then for eleven years in Raton.[2]

Sadler was first elected to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1930; it was his first candidacy for public office.[2][3] He served as Chief Justice from 1935 to 1936, from June 1, 1943 to March 15, 1945, from March 28 to December 31, 1946, and again in 1953.[2][4][5]

Sadler suffered multiple heart attacks in the 1950s.[6] He retired May 15, 1959.[7] His health continued to deteriorate, and he was admitted to St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe on March 11, 1960.[8] His condition steadily worsened, and he died in the hospital the evening of April 2, 1960.[2][3]


At the time of his death, his 28-year tenure was the longest of any justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court during statehood.[2][3] He is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Santa Fe.[5]


  1. ^ Fifield, James Clark, ed. (1921), The American Bar: A Biographical Directory of Contemporary Lawyers of the United States and Canada, J.C. Fifield Company, p. 656 ; "Sadler Memorial OK'd by Senate", Albuquerque Journal: A-9, March 8, 1961 .
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "D. K. Sadler Dies; Former Court Justice", Hobbs Daily Sun-News: 1, April 3, 1960 .
  3. ^ a b c "Sadler Services Are Held Monday in Santa Fe", Las Cruces Sun News: 2, April 4, 1960 .
  4. ^ "Chief Justice Robe Goes to Judge Bickley", Albuquerque Journal: 3, January 1, 1947 .
  5. ^ a b Sze, Corinne P., Fairview Cemetery, New Mexico Office of the State Historian, retrieved October 3, 2010 .
  6. ^ "Justice Daniel Sadler Released From Hospital", Albuquerque Journal: 1, January 10, 1958 .
  7. ^ Supreme Court Justices of the State of New Mexico Since Statehood (PDF), New Mexico Supreme Court, April 7, 2010, p. 2, retrieved October 2, 2010 .
  8. ^ "Justice Sadler Critically Ill", Hobbs Daily Sun-News: 10, March 25, 1960 .