CLEVER, Charles P.

1830–1874

Biography

CLEVER, Charles P., a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico; born in Cologne, Prussia, February 23, 1830; attended the gymnasium of Cologne and the University of Bonn; immigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled in Santa Fe, N.Mex., in 1850; engaged in trade from 1855 to 1862; appointed United States marshal for New Mexico in 1857; became one of the owners of the Santa Fe Weekly Gazette, a paper published in English and Spanish, in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Santa Fe, N.Mex.; appointed United States marshal and census enumerator in 1861; served as adjutant on the staff of General Canby at the Battle of Valverde; adjutant general of New Mexico 1861-1865 and in 1867 and 1868; attorney general 1862-1867; presented credentials as a Democratic Delegate-elect to the Fortieth Congress and served from September 2, 1867 (date of election), to February 20, 1869, when he was succeeded by J. Francisco Chaves, who contested the election; appointed one of the incorporators of the Centennial Exposition in 1869; served as a commissioner to revise and codify the laws of New Mexico; engaged in the practice of law until his death in Tome, Valencia County, N.Mex., on July 8, 1874; interment in the National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.Mex.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Museum of New Mexico
Fray Angelico Chavez History Library

Santa Fe, NM
Papers: In the New Mexico Government and Military Documents, 1848-1911, 0.2 linear foot. Other authors include Charles P. Clever. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Argument in support of the claim of C.P. Clever, to a seat in the 40th Congress, U.S., as delegate from the territory of New Mexico. Washington, D.C.: McGill & Witherow, Printers & Stereotypers, [1867?]

Clever, Charles P. Address to the people of New Mexico. Sante Fe, N.M.: Printed at the Weekly Gazette Office, John T. Russell, Printer, 1867.

------. New Mexico: Her resources, her necessities for railroad communication with the Atlantic and Pacific states, her great future. Washington, D.C.: McGill & Witherow, printers and stereotypers, 1868.

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