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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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Constituent Newsletter (English)
One of the best ways to hear Chavez's voice in the archives: Dennis Chavez regularly tried to keep in touch with his constituents while in Washington . His newsletter is one of the best ways to ...

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Research Links


The Dennis Chavez Archives

Center for Southwest Research Zimmerman Library

Most of Senator Chavez’s documents are housed at Zimmerman Library on the University of New Mexico Campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Anyone visiting the library can access the files which include photographs, maps, letters, negatives, legislation, and personal notes from the Senator.



Dennis Chavez History Page

Biographical Directory of The United States Congress

The Senate maintains research information on previous members. Chavez’s page points to various collections around the country that have information relating to the Senator’s life.


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