Albuquerque and Surrounding Communities (10)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:51

Bullfighting in New Mexico

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                                                                                                     , reported that a letter signed by my grandfather, Governor Arthur Seligman, was sold on EBay in 2008. Price is not disclosed. My grandfather served as Governor of New Mexico from 1931-1933, when he died in office. These were among the states most difficult years. He faced the great depression, massive unemployment, poverty, austerity measures, and cutting of the state budget. However, this letter addresses a problem which, few, if any state governors, ever had to address.    The description of the letter is as follows:  “This is a letter signed by New Mexico Governor Arthur Seligman. It is typed on Executive Office stationary and dated October 12, 1931. It also has its original envelope. The contents of the letter deal with the Governor explaining that he has received a letter complaining about a bullfight to be held in Socorro.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:03

Gallup Coal Strike and Communism in New Mexico

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The Gallup Coal Strike and Communists in New Mexico


Arthur Scott


   My grandfather, Arthur Seligman, served as Governor from 1930 to 1933, when he died in Office. This was an extremely difficult time in United States history, the midst of The Great Depression. The percentage of those unemployed was in high double-digit numbers. State budgets had to be cut. President Roosevelt’s New Deal was in full swing providing some relief through the Federal public works programs such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and The WPA (Works Progress Administration.) As far as I can determine, my grandfather was forced to mobilize e the National Guard and declare Military Law in various counties three times during his administration; once during demonstrations in Taos and Santa Fe against perceived discriminatory practices at the University of New Mexico, during the 1932 election, and during the 1933 coal strike at Gallup. Thiws is the story ofGallup.

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