James F. Hinkle

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James F. Hinkle
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6th Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1923 January 1, 1925
Lieutenant Vacant
Jose A. Baca
Preceded by Merritt C. Mechem
Succeeded by Arthur T. Hannett
Member of the New Mexico Senate
In office
8th New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands
In office
Governor Arthur Seligman
Preceded byAustin D. Crile
Succeeded byFrank Vesely
Personal details
Born(1862-10-20)October 20, 1862
Franklin County, Missouri
DiedMarch 26, 1951(1951-03-26) (aged 88)
Roswell, New Mexico
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Lillie E. Roberts
Residence Roswell
Profession Banker, rancher

James Fielding Hinkle (October 20, 1862 March 26, 1951) was an American politician and the sixth governor of New Mexico.

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Early life

Hinkle was born in Franklin County, Missouri on October 20, 1862. [1] [2] He studied at the University of Missouri. In 1885 he moved to New Mexico and established a successful business career.

Franklin County, Missouri U.S. county in Missouri

Franklin County is located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 101,492. Its county seat is Union. The county was organized in 1818 and is named after Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.

Missouri State in the United States

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. Missouri is bordered by eight states : Iowa to the north, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee to the east, Arkansas to the south and Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska to the west. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.

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He served as a member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners from 1891 to 1893 and also served as a member of the New Mexico Territorial House of Representatives from 1893 to 1896. He became a member of the New Mexico Territorial Senate in 1901 and served as a member of the Lincoln County Board of Equalization from 1901 to 1911. He served as the mayor of Roswell from 1904 to 1906. He then served in the New Mexico State Senate from 1912 to 1917.

Roswell, New Mexico City in New Mexico, United States

Roswell is a city in, and the seat of, Chaves County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 48,411, making it the fifth-largest city in New Mexico. It is a center for irrigated farming, dairying, ranching, manufacturing, distribution, and petroleum production. It is also the home of New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), founded in 1891. Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located a few miles northeast of the city on the Pecos River. Bottomless Lakes State Park is located 12 miles (19 km) east of Roswell on US 380.

He was elected the Governor of New Mexico by a popular vote on November 7, 1922. During his term, a First World War veteran’s property tax exemption was sanctioned. He was the Governor of New Mexico from January 1, 1923 to January 1, 1925.

Governor of New Mexico Head of state and of government of the U.S. state of New Mexico

The Governor of New Mexico is the chief executive of the state of New Mexico. The governor is the head of the executive branch of New Mexico's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. Responsibilities include making annual State of the State addresses to the New Mexico State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that state laws are enforced. The officeholder is afforded the courtesy title of The Honorable for life. This gubernatorial office is proceeded by the Spanish and Mexican governors of Nuevo México and the governors of the New Mexico Territory.

Hinkle was later elected as New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands in 1931 and served a single two-year term. [3]

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands

The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected constitutional officer in the executive branch in charge of managing all state lands and mineral rights, as well as overseeing leases and royalties on state land, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The Commissioner of Public Lands is elected to a four-year term and is able to serve up to two consecutive terms; more terms may be served after one full term has intervened.

Later years

After leaving the office, he remained active in business. He died in Roswell, New Mexico on March 26, 1951. In 1964, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for his contribution to the cattle industry. [4]

The Hall of Great Westerners was established by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1958. Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., the Hall was created to celebrate the contributions of more than 200 men and women of the American West. Inductees include explorers, Native American leaders, writers, poets, politicians, statesmen and others.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum non-profit organisation in the USA

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, with more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. The facility also has the world's most extensive collection of American rodeo photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies. Museum collections focus on preserving and interpreting the heritage of the American West. The museum becomes an art gallery during the annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale each June. The Prix de West Artists sell original works of art as a fund raiser for the Museum. The expansion and renovation was designed by Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA of Fentress Architects.

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  2. American Leaders, 1789–1994: A Biographical Summary
  3. State of New Mexico (July 2012). Kathryn A. Flynn (ed.). 2012 Centennial Blue Book (PDF). Diana J. Duran. Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. pp. 233–234.
  4. "Hall of Great Westerners". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Merritt C. Mechem
Governor of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Arthur T. Hannett