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GALLEGOS, José Manuel, a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico; was born in what is now
Rio Arriba County, N.Mex., October 30, 1815; attended parochial schools;
studied theology at the College of Durango, Republic of Mexico, and was
graduated in 1840; member of the legislative assembly of what was then the
Department of New Mexico, Republic of Mexico, 1843-1846; member of the first
Territorial council of the Territory of New Mexico in 1851; elected as a
Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); presented
credentials as a Delegate-elect to the Thirty-fourth Congress and served from
March 4, 1855, to July 23, 1856, when he was succeeded by Miguel A. Otero, who
contested his election; member of the Territorial house of representatives
1860-1862 and served as speaker; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1862 to
the Thirty-eighth Congress; made a prisoner of war by the Texas Confederate
troops in 1862; treasurer of the Territory in 1865 and 1866; superintendent of
Indian affairs in New Mexico in 1868; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second
Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection
in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; died in Santa Fe, N.Mex., April 21, 1875;
interment in the Catholic Cemetery.
BibliographyJosé Manuel Gallegos in
Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the
direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the
Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.