Néstor Montoya, Editor and Politician

April 14, 1862 is the birthday of editor and politician Néstor Montoya in Old Albuquerque, New Mexico.   Montoya worked tirelessly for the inclusion of Hispanics in the political and social life of New Mexico. In 1889, he founded the weekly Spanish-language newspaper, “La Voz del Pueblo”, which advocated statehood for New Mexico.  In 1910 Montoya was elected as a delegate to the New Mexico Constitutional Convention, and two years later New Mexico became a state.  Montoya helped write provisions into the Constitution of New Mexico to protect the rights of Hispanics in the areas of civil liberties, voting and education.  He died in office in 1923.

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