PEREA, Francisco, (cousin of Pedro Perea), a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico; born in Los Padillas, N.Mex. (then in the Republic of Mexico), January 9, 1830; attended select schools in Bernalillo County and at Santa Fe 1836-1839; enrolled at the Jesuit College, St. Louis, Mo., 1843-1845 and received collegiate training at the Bank Street Academy in New York City 1847-1849; from 1850 to 1864 was engaged in stock raising and commercial pursuits and in carrying merchandise by mule train from St. Louis and Independence, Mo., to Mexico; member of the Territorial council in 1858, 1866, and 1884; during the Civil War served as lieutenant colonel of Perea’s Battalion in 1861 and 1862; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1864; moved from Bernalillo County to Jemez Springs, Sandoval County, N.Mex., in 1881; proprietor of the springs and a hotel; postmaster of Jemez Springs 1894-1905; moved to Albuquerque, N.Mex., in 1906 and died there May 21, 1913; interment in Fairview Cemetery.
BibliographyAllison, W. H. H. “Colonel Francisco Perea,” in Ralph Emerson Twitchell, ed. Old Santa Fe. Volume I, 1913-1914: 208-222.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present