David Chávez

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David Chávez, Jr. (November 12, 1897 – November 3, 1984) was a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chávez in the United States Army during World War I. He received his bachelor's degree from University of New Mexico and his law degree from Georgetown Law School. Chávez served as mayor of Santa Fe from 1932 to 1934, and later served as a judge for the District Court of New Mexico, serving until his resignation for U.S. Army service in World War II and returning to the bench after the war.[1] He was appointed to the judgeship of the Puerto Rico District by President Harry S. Truman, and served from 1947 to 1950. Chávez served on the New Mexico Supreme Court from 1960 until 1968. He was the brother of United States Senator Dennis Chávez. He died in Las Vegas, New Mexico.


  • Guillermo A. Baralt, History of the Federal Court in Puerto Rico: 1899-1999 (2004) (also published in Spanish as Historia del Tribunal Federal de Puerto Rico)
Preceded by
Robert A. Cooper
Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Roberts