Calvin Horn

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From the Dust Jacket of this book: NEW MEXICO’S TROUBLED YEARS: The Story of the Early Territorial Governors By Calvin Horn:


Calvin Horn, New Mexico businessman and life-long Albuquerque resident, has spent over 20 years in research on New Mexico’s territorial period.  He studied history at the University of New Mexico, from which he was graduated in 1939, and at the University of California as a graduate student. 


He began working on this book (NEW MEXICO’S TROUBLED YEARS: The Story of the Early Territorial Governors) seven years ago.  He explored many avenues in his search to portray accurately the early territorial governors of New Mexico.  He interviewed living descendants of the men recorded in this book, secured unpublished letters and family information by visiting their birthplaces, and even located and visited their graves.  “I feel I know them better than many of my real-life friends,” he says.  During Calvin Horn’s exploration of the archival trails, his wife and the seven children absorbed much of the technique of the historian; they learned the uses of the microfilm reader and other details of research processes.  He lectures frequently on New Mexico history and has been president of the New Mexico Historical Society. 


While studying Southwestern history, Horn became fascinated with many rare regional books and he felt that the out-of-print tiles deserved a new audience.  This led to the establishment of the publishing firm of Horn and Wallace, which he founded jointly with a librarian friend, William S. Wallace, to help preserve the historical heritage of the Southwest.  The firm reprints several out-of-print books each year, as well as original titles. 


The author’s personal knowledge of New Mexican government helped in the preparation of this volume.  He served in both the New Mexico House of Representatives and the State Senate for a total of ten years, including the term as Speaker of the House.  As state chairman of the Democratic party, he worked closely with the recent governors of the state [of New Mexico].