Colorado State Senator. Called the "perpetual senator", he was elected to his first term as State Senator in 1876 and served in this role for 37 years. He was an active politician and businessman in Las Animas county starting at the age of 22. He advocated for the Hispanic population in Colorado, and owned two different Spanish newspapers, Las Dos Republicas in Denver, and El Progresso in Las Animas County. He served as Denver consul for Mexico and Costa Rica. He also supported women's voting rights in Colorado. In 1907, he proposed the Columbus Day bill that was not passed until 1971. His family donated the land for the Catholic Cemetery in Trinidad. He attended the 1920 inauguration of President Obregon of Mexico with Governor Shoup. He developed pneumonia shortly after returning home and soon passed away.
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