Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
HERNÁNDEZ, Benigno Cárdenas (1862-1954)

HERNÁNDEZ, BENIGNO CÁRDENAS, a Representative from New Mexico; born in Taos, N.Mex., February 13, 1862; attended common and private schools; clerk in a general merchandise establishment in Taos County from 1880 to 1889; engaged in general merchandising and stock raising; moved to Lumberton in 1896 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; probate clerk and ex officio recorder of deeds for Rio Arriba County 1900-1904; moved to Tierra Amarilla in 1901; sheriff of Rio Arriba County 1904-1906; county treasurer and ex officio collector of taxes from 1908 until 1912; delegate to numerous State Republican conventions; receiver of the land office at Sante Fe, N.Mex., in 1912 and 1913, when he resigned; again engaged in mercantile pursuits and stock raising; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1912 and 1916; member of the State exemption board during the First World War; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress; elected to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1921); was not a candidate for renomination in 1920; appointed collector of internal revenue for the district of New Mexico by President Harding on April 22, 1921, and served until 1933; member of the Selective Service Board 1940-1947; died in Los Angeles, Calif., on October 18, 1954; interment in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Calif.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Microfilm: In the National Women's Party Papers, ca. 1850-1975, 97 reels.
Reel #1 contains an advertisement sponsored by the Women's Political Union, 1913-December 27, 1916. Reel #33 has a letter from B.C. Hernandez to Adelina Nina Otero-Warren written in September 1916.


New Mexico History Museum
Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
Santa Fe, NM
Papers: In the Venceslao Jaramillo Papers, 1896-1954, 1 folder.
The papers include a letter from B.C. Hernandez written on July 21, 1898.


New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
Santa Fe, NM
Papers: In the Governor William C. McDonald Papers, ca. 1880-1968, 24 linear feet and 13 oversize volumes.
Persons represented include B.C. Hernandez.


The University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library
Albuquerque, NM
Papers: In the Nicolas T. Armijo Family Papers, 1865-1947, 1.83 cubic feet.
Correspondents include B.C. Hernandez.

Papers: In the Thomas B. Catron Papers, 1692-1934, 259 boxes, plus 105 volumes and 6 oversize folders.
Correspondents include Benigno C. Hernandez, 1914-1916.

Papers: In the Wool Warehouse Company Records, 1929-1971, 6 boxes plus 6 volumes and an oversize folder.
Persons represented include B.C. Hernandez.

  • Coan, Charles F. A History of New Mexico. Three Volumes. Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, Inc., 1925.
  • "Benigno C?rdenas Hern?ndez" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.