George A. Fleming San Miguel County, New Mexico

George A. Fleming, who at the organization of the Investment and Agency Corporation on the 20th of August, 1905, became manager of the business and maintains his residence in Las Vegas, was born in Chicago, Illinois. March 23, 1872. He attended the public schools of that city, and when his education was completed entered upon an active business career, occupying several clerical and office positions with important insurance agencies in Chicago until 1896. He then opened a general real estate and insurance business under the name of George A. Fleming & Company, continuing this with much success until 1899, when ill health forced him to seek a change of climate and he came to New Mexico.

Mr. Fleming greatly improved under the beneficial climatic conditions of Las Vegas and re-entered business life here as a lime manufacturer under the name of the Hot Springs Lime Company. While managing that enterprise he was also bookkeeper for James A. Dick and later for the Dunn Builders' Supply Company. He resigned the latter position to accept the office, of secretary and manager of the Crystal Ice & Cold Storage Company of Las Vegas, manufacturers of artificial ice, thus serving until the 1st of January, 1903, when he went to Santa Fe to become chief clerk in the office of Hon. James Wallace Raynolds, secretary of the Territory. The legislature of 1903 created the office of assistant secretary of the Territory, and to this Mr. Fleming was appointed, being the first incumbent in the position. He performed the duties of the office in excellent manner and established a record for painstaking energy and capability, but resigned in order to return to Las Vegas and become manager of the Investment and Agency Corporation, organized on the 20th of April, 1905.

He is peculiarly fitted, by reason of his varied and thorough business training and by his general acquaintance throughout the Territory, for the duties of the new position.

On the 17th of June, 1903, Mr. Fleming was married to Miss Maude E. Woods, of Chicago. Their home soon became a popular resort in leading social circles of Santa Fe, and already they have won many friends in Las Vegas, where Mr. Fleming was previously well known. When he left this city to go to the capital he was secretary of the Business Men's Protective Association, of which he had been one of the first and principal organizers. He was also secretary of the Montezuma Club, now known as the Commercial Club, of Las Vegas, and has recently been elected its treasurer. He takes an active interest in politics as a stanch and unfaltering advocate of Republican principles and is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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

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