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Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

L. Bradford Prince

July 3, 1840 - December 8, 1922

 
 
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Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
1. L. Bradford Prince Marker
Inscription.  
Chief Justice, Territory of New Mexico, 1879-1882
Territorial Governor of New Mexico, 1889-1893

L. Bradford Prince's contributions to New Mexico and its people spanned more than forty years of service. He is described by historians as every inch a man with the physique of a frontiersman and a stature of a soldier. Appointed Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879, after a distinguished career in New York state politics. Prince fell in love with Santa Fe and the Rio Arriba country, and he remained in his adopted land.

As Chief Justice, and later as Territorial Governor, Prince was concerned with improving conditions and securing equal treatment and protection of the rights of the Spanish-speaking citizens. He insisted that all proclamations and laws be published in both English and Spanish. He compiled the confusing hodge-podge of enactments since U.S. occupation as well as the ancient Spanish irrigation, mining and community customs and rights, into the first New Mexico Statutes.

Economic progress marked Governor Prince's administration,
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due largely to his influence in attracting Eastern capital. Under his prodding, the Legislature established the first public school system, and institutions of higher learning were constructed during his governorship. He constantly labored for statehood until it was secured in 1912.
 
Erected by Historical Society of New Mexico.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEducation. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #19 Rutherford B. Hayes series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 35° 41.38′ N, 105° 55.842′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Kearney Avenue south of Prince Avenue. Marker is located at the center of Cross of the Martyrs parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 Kearney Ave, Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Historic Fort Marcy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blockhouse Ruins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Witnessed from Fort Marcy Hill (about 300 feet away); Invasion of Santa Fe (about 300 feet away); First Army Fort in the Southwest (about 300 feet away); To the Future
L. Bradford Prince Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
2. L. Bradford Prince Marker
Plaque is on the other side of the stone
(about 700 feet away); 1985 (about 700 feet away); 1982 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
 
Also see . . .  L. Bradford Prince on Wikipedia. Prince was born in Flushing, New York and held political office in his home state (includes serving in the State Senate) before relocating to New Mexico. He was given the opportunity to serve as governor of the Territory of Idaho but declined. During his time in New Mexico, he was involved with several organizations including being president of the New Mexico Historical Society. (Submitted on November 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
L. Bradford Prince Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
3. L. Bradford Prince Marker
Wide view of the side that shows the plaque with historical text
L. Bradford Prince Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
4. L. Bradford Prince Marker
On the side of the memorial is a bronze depiction of L. Bradford Prince
L. Bradford Prince Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
5. L. Bradford Prince Marker
Front part of the memorial, reads "L. Bradford Prince Memorial Park"
L. Bradford Prince Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
6. L. Bradford Prince Marker
Inscription on the base of the memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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