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Charles P. Clever

Born: Feb 23, 1830

Death: Jul 8, 1874

Birthplace: Cologne

Nationality: Germany

Charles P. Clever

Date of Birth : Feb 23, 1830
Date of Death : Jul 8, 1874
Birth Place : Cologne

Charles P. Clever was a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico. Born in Cologne, Prussia, Clever attended the gymnasium of Cologne and the University of Bonn. Immigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled in Santa Fe, N.Mex., in 1850. He engaged in trade from 1855 to 1862. He was appointed United States marshal for New Mexico in 1857. He became one of the owners of the Santa Fe Weekly Gazette, a paper published in English and Spanish, in 1858. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Santa Fe, N.Mex.. He was appointed United States marshal and census enumerator in 1861. He served as adjutant on the staff of General Canby at the Battle of Valverde. He served as adjutant general of New Mexico in 1861–1865 and in 1867 and 1868. Attorney general in 1862–1867. Presented credentials as a Democratic Delegate-elect to the Fortieth Congress and served from September 2, 1867, to February 20, 1869, when he was succeeded by J. Francisco Chaves, who contested the election. He was appointed one of the incorporators of the Centennial Exposition in 1869. He served as a commissioner to revise and codify the laws of New Mexico.

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