L. Bradford Prince

L. Bradford Prince
14th Governor of New Mexico Territory
In office
April 17, 1889  April 20, 1893
Appointed by Benjamin Harrison
Preceded by Edmund G. Ross
Succeeded by William Taylor Thornton
Chief Justice of New Mexico Supreme Court
In office
New York State Senator 1st District
In office
Personal details
Born (1840-07-03)July 3, 1840
Flushing, New York
Died December 22, 1922(1922-12-22) (aged 82)
Flushing, New York
Resting place Flushing Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Episcopalian

LeBaron Bradford Prince (July 3, 1840  December 22, 1922) was the 14th Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1889 to 1893.


Prince was born on July 3, 1840, in Flushing, Queens, New York. His parents were horticulturist William Robert Prince and his wife, Charlotte Goodwin (Collins) Prince. Young Prince started his career working in nurseries run by his father and brother. The nurseries were sold at the end of the Civil War, and he studied law at Columbia University, where he received an LL.B. in 1866.[1][2]

He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from New York in 1868. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co., 1st D.) in 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874 and 1875. He was a member of the New York State Senate (1st D.) in 1876 and 1877.

In the Republican National Convention of 1876, he was among those who supported Rutherford B. Hayes over Roscoe Conkling. This resulted him being given the opportunity to be governor of the Territory of Idaho.[1] He passed on this option, but later became a chief justice of the New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court in 1878. He held that position till 1882. In 1883, he became president of the New Mexico Historical Society.[1] He was Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1889 to 1893. He was a member of New Mexico Territorial Council in 1909 and a delegate to the New Mexico State Constitutional Convention of 1911.

Prince led the movement to create the Spanish American Normal School and served as President of its governing board from 1909-1912.[3]

He was a member of the New Mexico Horticultural Society, the Society for the Preservation of Spanish Antiquities, the New Mexico Archaeological Society,[1] the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars and the Protestant Episcopal Church.

In 1879, he married Hattie E. Childs, who died in 1880. In 1881, he married Mary C. Beardsley. They had one child.[1] Prince died on December 22, 1922, in Queens, New York.


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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Paul Alfred Francis Walter (1935). "Prince, LeBaron Bradford". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  2.  Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Prince, William". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  3. Prince, L. Bradford (1977). Spanish Mission Churches of New Mexico. Glorieta, N.M: Rio Grande Press. p. 12. ISBN 0873801261.
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New York Assembly
Preceded by
James B. Pearsall
New York State Assembly
Queens County, 1st District

Succeeded by
Townsend D. Cock
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John A. King
New York State Senate
1st District

Succeeded by
James M. Oakley
Government offices
Preceded by
Edmund G. Ross
Governor of New Mexico Territory
Succeeded by
William Taylor Thornton
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