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OTERO, Miguel Antonio (1829-1882)

OTERO, MIGUEL ANTONIO, (uncle of Mariano Sabino Otero), a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico; born in Valencia, N.Mex., June 21, 1829; attended private and parochial schools and St. Louis University, Missouri; was graduated from Pingree's College, Fishkill, N.Y., and later became a member of the faculty; returned to St. Louis, Mo.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Albuquerque, N.Mex., in 1852; member of the Territorial house of representatives 1852-1854; attorney general for the Territory of New Mexico in 1854; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Jóse M. Gallegos to the Thirty-fourth Congress and served from July 23, 1856, to March 3, 1857; reelected to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Charleston, S.C., in 1860; appointed by President Lincoln as secretary of the Territory of New Mexico and Acting Governor in 1861, and served for one year; engaged in mercantile pursuits at Westport Landing (now Kansas City), Mo., 1861-1864, and at several other places in the West until 1877; interested in the construction of railroads and engaged in banking; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; died in Las Vegas, N.Mex., May 30, 1882; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Denver, Colo.

Brigham Young University
Harold B. Lee Library
Provo, UT
Papers: In the New Mexico collection, 1526-1924, 4 linear feet.
Subjects include Otero.


Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In records of the Graduate School of Business Administration, n.d.
Contains credits reports on Miguel Otero and Otero, Sellar & Co.


The Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the William G. Ritch collection, 1539-1901, 2,274 items.
Various items related to Otero throughout the collection.


New Mexico State Library
Santa Fe, NM
Papers: In the Felipe Chavez papers, 1810-1913, 2.5 linear feet.
Subjects include Miguel Otero.


University of California, Los Angeles
Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: In the United States Ephemera collection, n.d, 58.5 linear feet.
Subjects include Otero.


University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research
Albuquerque, NM
Papers: In the Gross, Kelly & Company collection, 1863-1996, 130 linear feet
Business records of Otero, Sellar & Co.


University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Library and Archives
Hattiesburg, MS
Papers: In the papers of Alexander Melvorne Jackson, 1846-1892, 632 items.
Miguel A. Otero wrote several letters to Jackson in 1860 regarding slave property, the Territorial Slave Code, attempts to further divide the territory, territorial and national politics and the opinion that the territory should apply for admission to the Union as a state.

  • Ganaway, Loomis Morton. "Otero and the New Mexico Slave Code of 1859," in New Mexico and the Sectional Crisis, 1846-1861. 1944. Reprint Edition: Philadelphia, PA: Porcupine Press, 1976, 60-76.
  • "Miguel Antonio Otero" 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.
  • Otero, Miguel Antonio (Sr.) The Indian Depredations in the Territory of New Mexico. Washington, D. C.: n. p., 1859.
  • ___. Address to the People of New Mexico. Santa Fe, NM: n. p., 1860.
  • ___. An Abolition Attack upon New Mexico, and a Reply by the Hon. M. A. Otero. Santa Fe, NM: n. p., 1861.
  • Otero, Miguel Antonio (Jr.) My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882. 1935. Reprint, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1987.
  • "Hon. Miguel A. Otero," in Speer, William S., and John Henry Brown, eds., The Encyclopedia of the New West. 1881. Reprint, Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978: 30-32.
  • Stegmaier, Mark J. "New Mexico's Delegate in the Secession Winter Congress, Part 1: Two Newspaper Accounts of Miguel Otero in 1861," New Mexico Historical Review, Vol. 86, No. 3 (Summer 2011): 385-92.
  • ___. "New Mexico's Delegate in the Secession Winter Congress, Part 2: Miguel A. Otero Responds to Horace Greeley, and Greeley Takes Revenge," New Mexico Historical Review, Vol. 86, No. 4 (Fall 2011): 513-23.