James F. Hinkle

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James F. Hinkle
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6th Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1923 – January 1, 1925
Jose A. Baca
Preceded byMerritt C. Mechem
Succeeded byArthur T. Hannett
Member of the New Mexico Senate
In office
8th New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands
In office
GovernorArthur Seligman
Preceded byAustin D. Crile
Succeeded byFrank Vesely
Personal details
Born(1862-10-20)October 20, 1862
Franklin County, Missouri
DiedMarch 26, 1951(1951-03-26) (aged 88)
Roswell, New Mexico
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lillie E. Roberts
ProfessionBanker, rancher

James Fielding Hinkle (October 20, 1862 – March 26, 1951) was an American politician and the sixth governor of New Mexico.

Early life[edit]

Hinkle was born in Franklin County, Missouri on October 20, 1862.[1][2] He studied at the University of Missouri. In 1885 he moved to New Mexico and established a successful business career.


He served as a member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners from 1891 to 1893 and also served as a member of the New Mexico Territorial House of Representatives from 1893 to 1896. He became a member of the New Mexico Territorial Senate in 1901 and served as a member of the Lincoln County Board of Equalization from 1901 to 1911. He served as the mayor of Roswell from 1904 to 1906. He then served in the New Mexico State Senate from 1912 to 1917.

He was elected the Governor of New Mexico by a popular vote on November 7, 1922. During his term, a First World War veteran’s property tax exemption was sanctioned. He was the Governor of New Mexico from January 1, 1923 to January 1, 1925.

Hinkle was later elected as New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands in 1931 and served a single two-year term.[3]

Later years[edit]

After leaving the office, he remained active in business. He died in Roswell, New Mexico on March 26, 1951. In 1964, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for his contribution to the cattle industry.[4]


  1. ^ American Political Leaders 1789–2009
  2. ^ American Leaders, 1789–1994: A Biographical Summary
  3. ^ State of New Mexico (July 2012). Kathryn A. Flynn (ed.). 2012 Centennial Blue Book (PDF). Diana J. Duran. Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. pp. 233–234. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "Hall of Great Westerners". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  • Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978 (1978). Vol 4.
Political offices
Preceded by
Merritt C. Mechem
Governor of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Arthur T. Hannett