CHAVEZ, Dennis (1888-1962)

CHAVEZ, DENNIS, a Representative and a Senator from New Mexico; born in Los Chavez, Valencia County, N.Mex., April 8, 1888; attended the public schools; worked as a grocer's clerk as a boy and later in the engineering department of the city of Albuquerque; travelled to Washington in 1917 with Senator Andrieus A. Jones and served as clerk in the office of the Secretary of the United States Senate 1917-1920; graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1920; admitted to the bar in 1920 and commenced practice in Albuquerque, N.Mex.; member, State house of representatives 1923-1924; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1935); chairman, Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation (Seventy-third Congress); did not seek renomination in 1934, but was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator; appointed as a Democrat on May 11, 1935, and elected on November 3, 1936, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bronson M. Cutting; reelected in 1940, 1946, 1952, and again in 1958, and served from May 11, 1935, until his death in Washington, D.C., November 18, 1962; chairman, Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Seventy-ninth Congress), Committee on Public Works (Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses); interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque, N.Mex.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Winfield K. Denton papers, 1913-1971.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Clinton Presba Anderson papers, 1938-1972. Finding aid.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Eduardo Quevedo papers, 1929-1968.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Frederick Hale papers, 1917-1940.

University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research
Albuquerque, NM
Papers: 1922-1962 (bulk 1930-1962). 383 cubic feet. Personal and congressional correspondence and papers, photographs, news clippings, publications, maps, reports, legislation, press releases, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Includes material relating to Senator Joseph McCarthy, project files on New Mexico counties, subject files on agriculture, mining and water resources; and documents his involvment in Indian affairs, labor, post office, defense, Latin America, and New Deal issues. Finding aid, available on disk.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In John Collier papers, 1910-1987; and Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1973.

  • Beaupre, Richard H. "The 1934 Senatorial Election in New Mexico." M.A. thesis, University of New Mexico, 1969.
  • Crouch, Barry A. "Dennis Chavez and Roosevelt's `Court-Packing' Plan.'' New Mexico Historical Review 42 (October 1967): 261-80.
  • Diaz, Rosemary T. "El Senador, Dennis Chavez: New Mexico Native Son, American Senior Statesman, 1888-1962." Ph.D. dissertation, Arizona State University, 2006.
  • Lahart, Edward. "The Career of Dennis Chavez as a Member of Congress, 1930-1934." M.A. thesis, University of New Mexico, 1958.
  • Lowitt, Richard. "Two-Star General, Three-Time Loser: Patrick Hurley Seeks a Senate Seat in New Mexico.'' In Politics in the Postwar American West, edited by Richard Lowitt, pp. 162-73. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.
  • Lujan, Joe Roy. "Dennis Chavez and the Roosevelt Era, 1933-1945.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of New Mexico, 1987.
  • ___. "Dennis Chavez and the National Agenda: 1933-1946." New Mexico Historical Review 74 (January 1999): 55-74.
  • Pickens, William H. "Bronson Cutting vs. Dennis Chavez: Battle of the Patrones in New Mexico, 1934.'' New Mexico Historical Review 46 (January 1971): 5-36.
  • ___. "Cutting vs. Chavez: A Reply to Wolf's Comments.'' New Mexico Historical Review 47 (October 1972): 337-59.
  • Seligmann, G. L., Jr. "The Purge That Failed: The 1934 Senatorial Election in New Mexico: Yet Another View.'' New Mexico Historical Review 47 (October 1972): 361-81.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Dennis Chavez, Late a Senator from New Mexico. 87th Cong., 2d sess., 1962. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1963.
  • Vigil, Maurilio, and Roy Lujan. "Parallels in the Career of Two Hispanic U.S. Senators.'' Journal of Ethnic Studies 13 (Winter 1986): 1-20.
  • Wolf, T. Phillip. "Cutting vs. Chavez Re-Examined: A Commentary on Pickens' Analysis.'' New Mexico Historical Review 47 (October 1972): 317-36.
  • "Dennis Chavez" 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.