Richard F. Ballard Chaves County, New Mexico

Richard F. Ballard, filling the office of deputy probate clerk at Roswell, was born in Fort Griffin, Shackelford County, Texas, in 1877, and is a son of Allen J. Ballard. In February, 1878, the father brought his family to New Mexico, locating at Fort Sumner, and Richard F. Ballard has since remained a resident of the Territory. He acquired his preliminary education in the early public schools and afterward attended the New Mexico Military Institute. Early in his business career he became connected with the cattle industry and was thus engaged until September, 1903, when he was appointed deputy probate clerk by F. P. Gayle.

His political allegiance is given to the Democratic Party. Although a young man he has exerted considerable influence in local political circles and he is a typical son of New Mexico, possessing the alert and enterprising spirit which has been the dominant factor in the rapid and substantial growth of this part of the country.

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

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