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    Official Information: Colorado, A Statement of Facts Prepared and Published by Authority of the Territorial Board of Immigration, (Denver: Rocky Mountain News Stream Printing House, 1872), 35 pages, 8to (5.5" x 8.75"), missing the original wrappers, else, near fine. Sold with an autograph letter signed by George Curry, April 20, 1888, Lincoln, New Mexico, to "Friend [John H.] Cockrell". The letter written on "Rosenthal & Co. Successors to Jas. J. Dolan, Dealers in General merchandise" stationary.
    George Curry (1861 -1947) was a U.S. military officer and politician. During the Spanish American War he served in Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders. He did not see action in Cuba, but did participate in the fighting in the Philippines.
    He served as the Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1907 to 1910, and US Representative for New Mexico from 1911 to 1913. Curry County, New Mexico is named in his honor.
    Curry moved to the Territory of New Mexico in 1879 and worked on a cattle ranch until 1881; acted as post trader at Fort Stanton; engaged in the mercantile and stock business until 1886; deputy treasurer of Lincoln County in 1886 and 1887; elected county clerk in 1888, county assessor in 1890, and sheriff in 1892; member of the Territorial senate in 1894 and 1896, serving as president the latter year; lieutenant of the First Volunteer Cavalry, known as "Roosevelt's Rough Riders," in the Spanish-American War; sheriff of Otero County in 1899; resigned to join the Eleventh Volunteer Cavalry; lieutenant, provost marshal, and provost judge, with service in the Philippine Islands from December 16, 1899, to March 20, 1901; Governor of the Province of Camarines, Philippine Islands, in 1901; chief of police of the city of Manila, 1901; Governor of the Province of Isabela 1903-1905; Governor of the Province of Samar from 1905 to 1907, when he resigned; Governor of the Territory of New Mexico 1907-1911; upon the admission of New Mexico as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress and served from January 8, 1912, to March 3, 1913; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1912; engaged in the hotel business in Socorro, N.Mex.; private secretary to United States Senator Holm O. Bursum of New Mexico in 1921 and 1922; member of the International Boundary Commission, 1922-1927; moved to a ranch near Cutter, N.Mex.; served as State historian for New Mexico from 1945 until his death in Albuquerque, N.Mex., November 27, 1947.
    John H. Cockrell (1856-1919) was an attorney in Johnson County, Missouri before moving his practice to Lincoln County, New Mexico in 1885.
    James J. Murphy (1848-1898) was one of the primary instigators of the Lincoln County War, that made William Bonney, "Billy the Kid", into New Mexico's most famous desperado.

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