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Charles P. CLEVER

(1830-1874)

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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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