Fillmore’s Nomination of James S. Calhoun as 1st Governor of NM Territory

Congress created the Territory of New Mexico – which included present-day Arizona – on September 9, 1850 as part of the Compromise of 1850. On December 23, 1850 President Millard Fillmore nominated James S. Calhoun to be the new territory’s first Governor.

Document Type: Primary Document
Historical Event: Statehood (1912)
Sub Event: US Government Role
Origin: National Archives
Date: December 23, 1850
Author: President Fillmore
Permission: Public Domain
Contributor: Tammie Torres
Albuquerque Historical Society

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