From the editor’s desk: Past governors had Clovis ties

If any of the eight 2014 candidates for New Mexico governor has close ties to Clovis, they’ve not volunteered that information.

But the city’s had at least two residents who’ve climbed to the state’s political top spot.

Andrew Hockenhull was New Mexico’s 10th governor. He was a banker and practiced law in Clovis more than 20 years before he was elected lieutenant governor in 1930, then re-elected in 1932.

He became governor when Arthur Seligman died in 1933.

Hockenhull died at age 97 in 1974 and is buried in Clovis’ Mission Garden of Memories.

Thomas Mabry, elected governor in 1947 and 1949, started the Clovis Journal newspaper in 1909.

He was also chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 1939 through 1946.

Mabry Drive, a 10-mile stretch of highway from Texico to Clovis (now U.S. 60-70-84), was named in his honor on April 26, 1949. Gov. Mabry came to the ceremony after attending a Clovis Lions Club luncheon.

In 1950, Gov. Mabry met with Brushy Bill Roberts of Hico, Texas, who claimed to be Billy the Kid. Roberts wanted Mabry to pardon him for the Kid’s actions during the Lincoln County War, but Mabry declined.

“I am taking no action, now or ever, on this application for a pardon for Billy the Kid because I do not believe this man to be Billy the Kid,” Mabry ruled, according to the website aboutbillythekid.com.

The Editor’s Desk is compiled by Clovis News Journal Editor David Stevens. Contact him at:
dstevens@cnjonline.com