Jose E. Torres Socorro County, New Mexico

Jose E. Torres, county treasurer and collector of Socorro County, was born in the city of Socorro, where he yet makes his home, his natal day being May 28, 1859, a son of Balentin and Josefa (Ortiz) Torres. His entire life has been passed in the city of his nativity, and in early manhood he became connected with the cattle business, while since 1901 he has given his attention to merchandising. He still, however, has farming and ranching property and is running cattle on the range. His fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, have called him to various public offices. He was first elected city marshal on the Republican ticket in April, 1889, serving for a two years term, and subsequently was elected city council, continuing in that office for four terms. As mayor of the city he gave a public spirited, practical and progressive administration. He was for three terms probate judge of the county, and in 1904 was elected county treasurer and collector.

On the 25th of April, 1889, Mr. Torres was married to Miss Guadalupe Padilla, and to them have been born the following children: Josefa, Delfino, Valentia, Esteban, Moriana, Jose Felipe, Juana Maria, and Guadalupe. 

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

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