New Mexico Historical Society
LARRAZOLO, Octaviano Ambrosio (1859-1930)
Senate Years of Service: 1928-1929

LARRAZOLO, OCTAVIANO AMBROSIO, a Senator from New Mexico; born in El Valle de San Bartolo (now Allende), State of Chihuahua, Mexico, December 7, 1859; moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1870 as a protege of the bishop of Arizona; studied theology and attended St. Michael's College at Santa Fe, N.Mex., in 1875 and 1876; taught in the public schools in Tucson and in El Paso County, Texas; clerk of the district court at El Paso; clerk of the United States District and Circuit Courts for the Western District of Texas at El Paso, Tex.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1888; elected district attorney for the western district of Texas in 1890 and reelected in 1892; moved to Las Vegas, N.Mex., in 1895 and resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election as a Delegate to Congress from New Mexico in 1900, 1906, and 1908; changed affiliation to the Republican Party in 1911; elected Governor of New Mexico in 1918; member, New Mexico house of representatives in 1927 and 1928; elected on November 6, 1928, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Andrieus A. Jones and served from December 7, 1928, to March 3, 1929; due to illness, was not a candidate for the full term; resumed the practice of law; died in Albuquerque, N.Mex., April 7, 1930; interment in Santa Barbara Cemetery in Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Records Center
Santa Fe, NM
Papers: 1919-1920. 10 feet. Gubernatorial papers and photographs. Finding aid.
Papers: Correspondence (1911, 1916) in the Luis E. Armijo Papers, 1909-1938.

University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research
Albuquerque, NM
Papers: 1898-1919. 3 items.

  • Chacon, Jose A. "Octaviano Larrazolo: New Mexico's Greatest Governor."La Luz 1:7 (November 1972).
  • Cordova, Alfred C., and Charles Burnet Judah. "Octaviano Larrazolo, a Political Portrait." Albuquerque: Division of Research, Department of Government, University of New Mexico, 1952.
  • Gonzales, Phillip B. "Race, Party, Class: The Contradictions of Octaviano Larrazolo," in Norman Gross, ed., Noble Purposes: Nine Champions of the Rule of Law. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007: 95-125.
  • Larrazolo, Paul F. Octaviano A. Larrazolo. New York: Carlton Press, Inc., 1986.
  • Walter, Paul A. "Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo."New Mexico Historical Review 7:2 (April 1932): 97-104.
  • "Octaviano A. Larrazolo," in Vigil, Maurilio, ed., Los Patrones: Profiles of Hispanic Leaders in New Mexico History. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1980: 122-126.
  • "Octaviano A. Larrazolo" 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.