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J. Francisco Chaves

J. Francisco Chaves was born on June 27, 1833. He attended St. Louis University and was trained at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. During the Civil War, Chaves commanded a unit of New Mexican volunteers fighting on behalf of the Union. Chaves was later a delegate to the US Congress from the Territory of New Mexico. In 1900 he served as President of the New Mexico Territorial Council and was Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Territory of New Mexico from 1901-1903. Chaves also published and edited "La Bandera Americana," (The American Flag) a Spanish language newspaper that championed the rights of New Mexico's Latino citizens. Chaves died in 1904, the victim of a political assassination.
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