New Mexico Territory

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Territory of New Mexico
Organized incorporated territory of the United States
1850–1912
Flag of New Mexico Territory
Flag
of New Mexico Territory
Coat of arms
AZ-NM1867.jpg
A map of the later Federal Arizona and New Mexico Territories, split from the original New Mexico Territory of 1851, showing existing counties.
CapitalSanta Fe
History
Government
 • TypeOrganized incorporated territory
Governor 
• 1851–1852
James S. Calhoun
• 1910–1912
William J. Mills
LegislatureNew Mexico Territorial Legislature
History 
May 30 1848
September 9 1850
June 24 1853
• Colorado Territory established
February 28 1861
• Arizona Territory established
February 24 1863
• Statehood
January 6 1912
Preceded by
Succeeded by
U.S. provisional government of New Mexico
Republic of Texas
New Mexico
Arizona Territory
Colorado
Nevada

The Territory of New Mexico was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed (with varying boundaries) from September 9, 1850, until January 6, 1912, when the remaining extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of New Mexico, making it the longest-lived organized incorporated territory of the United States, lasting approximately 62 years.

References[change | change source]

  • David L. Caffey, Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2014.