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The Life of Territorial Delegate Trinidad Romero of New Mexico

August 28, 1918
The Life of Territorial Delegate Trinidad Romero of New Mexico Image, History of New Mexico From The Spanish Conquest to the Present time, 1530-1890, (New York: New Mexico Historical Publishing Co.), 1891 A one-term Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico, Trinidad Romero declined to run for a second term.
On this date, Trinidad Romero, a prominent New Mexican entrepreneur who served as a Territorial Delegate for one term, died in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on June 15, 1835, Romero helped his family build a successful merchandising business that spanned from St. Louis, Missouri, to branch stores throughout New Mexico. Romero transferred his business success into a burgeoning political career, where he served in the New Mexico territorial legislature and as a probate judge. Elected to the 45th Congress (1877–1879), Romero paid close attention to his constituents and submitted a number of bills on their behalf. Romero was unable to pursue a comprehensive legislative agenda because of his status as a non-voting delegate and his position as a freshman of the minority party. In one instance, Romero wrote about his frustration at his inability to get financial relief for farmers who suffered crop damage from a grasshopper infestation in Rio Arriba and Taos counties. The House private calendar determined the order that legislation would be debated and voted upon in the House. Because the majority party created the calendar schedule, Romero faced the unhappy reality that his bills were either listed at the bottom of the agenda or ignored altogether. “If the House would have acted on the private calendar at its due time, the bill . . . would have passed a long time since,” Romero explained, “but unfortunately it was not done, not on account of time, but on account of politics and demagogueism which predominate in the present Congress and seems to absorb the whole attention of its members.” Romero offered his constituents “one hundred head of sheep, as my private contribution for the relief of those that are in most need.” Romero declined to seek re-election to the 46th Congress (1879–1881). He returned to his territorial business activities, remaining active in local politics while serving as a United States Marshal from 1889 to 1893. Romero also edited the Campaign Bulletin, a newspaper that promoted aspiring Republican politicians in New Mexico.

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