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Biography of Senator Chavez Biography of Senator Chavez
Fond of proclaiming he was "American before Plymouth Rock," Dennis Chavez traced his roots in the New World to a 17 th century Spanish land grant. The Son of David and Paz Sénchez, Dionisio, "Dennis," Chavez was born on April 8, 1888 , in the rural community of Los Chévez. In 1895, David moved his family of eight children to the Barelas community near Albuquerque ....

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Senator Led Fight to Save Cannon AFB and Jobs in 1950s Senator Led Fight to Save Cannon AFB and Jobs in 1950s
Cannon Air Force Base, known as Clovis Army Air Field in the 1940s, was closed more than 50 years ago. The Defense Department's findings today, which recommend the closure of Cannon AFB, mirrored those of the War Department in 1946 when the base was put on reduced operational status. Similar to efforts today to save Cannon, the community and New Mexico 's congressional delegation, led by Senator ...

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Chavez Shepherds Project to Bring N.M. Cities Water Chavez Shepherds Project to Bring N.M. Cities Water
The City of Albuquerque , whose aquifer was long thought to be "the size of Lake Superior ," acknowledged in 1994 that ground water was not nearly as plentiful as originally imagined. Senator Chavez and others, in the 1950s, initiated the current San Juan-Chama transmountain diversion project, anticipating current growth and drought conditions....

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External Archives
A number of archival sources are available for Senator Chavez. His official papers are at UNM's Center for Southwest Research. If you visit the Center, you can thumb through Chavez's work collected by his office, his family and friends. Additional archives are cataloged at other universities. Listed below are the two most helpful websites for collecting information on the Senator....

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Constituent Newsletter in Spanish and English
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