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Baptist Politicians in New Mexico

  John Elmore Browne (1905-1985) — also known as Jack Browne — of Corrales, Sandoval County, N.M. Born in Gibsonton, Westmoreland County, Pa., September 3, 1905. School teacher; chemist; Corrales municipal judge, 1971-76. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners. Died in Corrales, Sandoval County, N.M., July 17, 1985 (age 79 years, 317 days). Cremated; ashes scattered.
  Relatives: Son of William Fred Brown and Carmie (Forsythe) Brown; married, November 29, 1935, to Katherine Pearl Umbel.
  Oran K. Gragson (1911-2002) — of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev. Born in Tucumcari, Quay County, N.M., February 14, 1911. Republican. Furniture merchant; appliance dealer; mayor of Las Vegas, Nev., 1959-75; candidate for Governor of Nevada, 1962. Baptist. Member, Elks; Eagles. Died in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev., October 7, 2002 (age 91 years, 235 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Palm Memorial Park - Green Valley, Las Vegas, Nev.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Walter Gragson and Willie (Mun) Gragson; married, December 21, 1934, to Bonnie Henley.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Fred Roy Harris (b. 1930) — also known as Fred R. Harris — of Oklahoma; Corrales, Sandoval County, N.M. Born in Walters, Cotton County, Okla., November 13, 1930. Democrat. Member of Oklahoma state senate, 1956-64; candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1962; U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1964-73; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1969-70; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1976; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; American Bar Association. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Books by Fred Harris: Does People Do It?: A Memoir (2008)
  Books about Fred Harris: Richard Lowitt, Fred Harris: His Journey from Liberalism to Populism
  William Carr Lane (1789-1863) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born near Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa., December 1, 1789. Whig. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; physician; surgeon; mayor of St. Louis, Mo., 1823-29, 1837-40; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1826-30; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1852-53; candidate for Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1853. Episcopalian; later Baptist. Died in St. Louis, Mo., January 6, 1863 (age 73 years, 36 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Presley Carr Lane and Sarah 'Sallie' (Stephenson) Lane; married, February 26, 1818, to Mary Ewing.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Stevan Edward Pearce (b. 1947) — also known as Steve Pearce — of Hobbs, Lea County, N.M. Born in Lamesa, Dawson County, Tex., August 24, 1947. Republican. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War; member of New Mexico state house of representatives 62nd District, 1997-2000; Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 2000 (primary), 2008; U.S. Representative from New Mexico 2nd District, 2003-09, 2011-. Southern Baptist. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Encyclopedia of American Loons
Ken Zangara Kenneth B. Zangara (born c.1952) — also known as Ken Zangara — of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M. Born in Roswell, Chaves County, N.M., about 1952. Republican. Automobile dealer; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 2004, 2008. Baptist. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Jerome 'Jerry' Zangara and Lucille Zangara.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Image source: Examiner.com
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