Chavez, Dennis

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  • Proclaiming that his family was “American before Plymouth Rock,” Dennis Chavez (1888–1962) represented the state of New Mexico in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from 1930 until his death in 1962. The Democrat was the first Hispanic elected to the Senate, and during his political career, Chavez was an advocate for the New Deal and civil rights legislation while working for the economic development of New Mexico and the West.

    Dionisio Chavez was born April, 8 1888, in the farming community of Los Chévez, which was located within the territory of New Mexico. Although the Chavez family traced its New Mexico roots to a seventeenth-century Spanish land grant, the family struggled economically. In 1895, David and Paz Chavez moved their eight children to Albuquerque. ...

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