Happy Birthday to Senator Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo 1859

Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo, the first Latinx to serve in the US Senate, was born in Allende, Mexico on December 7, 1859. At age 11, the Bishop of Arizona brought him to Arizona to study theology, and Larrazolo later completed his studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Larrazolo began working as a teacher, and became interested in local politics.  He was appointed as clerk of the US District and Circuit Courts, where he studied law.  He campaigned several times for various offices, and was elected Governor of New Mexico in 1918.  In 1928 Larrazolo was elected to fill the unexpired term of the state’s Democratic Senator. He served on the Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Public Surveying Committee, and the Territories and Insular Affairs Committees.

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