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Clyde Tingley
New Mexico

Gov. Clyde Tingley

  • January 1, 1935 - January 1, 1939
  • Democratic
  • January 5, 1882
  • December 24, 1960
  • Ohio
  • Married Carrie Wooster


CLYDE TINGLEY was born in London, Ohio, on January 5, 1882. His education was attained in the public schools of his native state. In 1910, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he became interested in politics while his wife recuperated from tuberculosis. From 1912 to 1920 he served as alderman of the Albuquerque City Council; and from 1925 to 1926 he served as the Albuquerque district superintendent of the New Mexico State Highway Department. He also served as a delegate to the 1928, 1932, and 1936 Democratic National Conventions. Tingley next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by popular vote on November 6, 1934. He was reelected to a second term in 1936. During his tenure, the New Mexico Relief and Security Authority was created; a highway connecting Santa Fe with Mexico City was reopened; oil wells were discovered in the southeastern part of the state; and the New Mexico state police was founded. Also, several new hospitals were established, one of which treated children with tuberculosis and was named in honor of Tingley’s wife. After completing his term, Tingley served as chairman of the Albuquerque City Commission, a position he held from 1940 to 1953. He passed away on December 24, 1960, and was buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


* Governor Clyde K. Tingley Papers, 1935-1938 (official papers)

The Political Graveyard

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

* Finding aid available at New Mexico Commission of Public Records.

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