RODEY, Bernard Shandon

1856–1927

Biography

RODEY, Bernard Shandon, a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico; born in County Mayo, Ireland, March 1, 1856; immigrated with his parents to Canada in 1862; attended the public schools at Sherbrooke, Province of Quebec, Canada; studied law in Boston, Mass.; moved to Albuquerque, N.Mex., in 1881; was private secretary to the general manager of the A.&P. Railroad; court stenographer of the second district of New Mexico in 1882; was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Albuquerque; city attorney of Albuquerque in 1887 and 1888; member of the Territorial senate in 1889; member of the constitutional convention of New Mexico in 1890; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1905); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908; judge of the Federal Court of Puerto Rico 1906-1910; United States attorney for the second division of Alaska 1910-1913; appointed on March 6, 1912, as special assistant United States attorney, western district of Washington, to assist in the prosecution of coal frauds in Alaska, and served until December 16, 1913; resumed the practice of law; died in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.Mex., March 10, 1927; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research

Albuquerque, NM
Papers: 1902-1903, 0.35 cubic foot. The collection contains one scrapbook of newspaper articles kept by Bernard Rodey during his terms in Congress. The articles originate from several newspapers around the nation. Since Bernard Rodey saved only clippings that contained his name, the scrapbook is a summary of the issues that Bernard Rodey advocated for during his tenure in Congress. The majority of articles relate to New Mexico's bid for statehood, but some document Bernard Rodey's advocacy for public trust lands and state debts. The scrapbook covers the time period of 1902-1904. No explanations or writings by Bernard Rodey are contained in the book.
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