Bernard Seligman Santa Fé County, New Mexico

Bernard Seligman came to Santa Fé in 1856 from Germany, and engaged in business under the firm name of Seligman & Clever, which partnership was maintained until the election of Mr. Clever as delegate to Congress. Mr. Seligman was several times a member of the legislature, serving in both houses, and was chairman of the board of county commissioners for three terms. He was also territorial treasurer, was commissioner to the exposition in Vienna in 1872 and to the exposition in Paris about 1881. He was mainly instrumental in building the court house, and to his efforts in the legislature is due the passing of the mechanic's lien law, one of the most important acts of the territorial legislature. He served in the army with commission from Governor Connelly as captain and quartermaster, and was a member of the grand lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He died in Philadelphia. February 3, 1904.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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