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29 December 2008

Anastacio C. Torres

Anastacio C. Torres was the nephew of my 2nd great grandfather, Crespin Torres. I found this brief biographical sketch of him in the book "The Leading Facts of New Mexican History", Volume IV.

A. C. Torres

In all phases of New Mexico's development A. C. Torres is equally interested and along many lines of progress he has been an active worker. At the present time he is serving as chairman of the board of regents of the New Mexico School of Mines. He makes his home in Socorro, where is (sic) is filling the office of postmaster and is also editor and proprietor of the El Defensor. He was born in Socorro county on the 28th of February, 1868, a son of Canuto Torres and Isabelita Padilla de Torres, both of whom were natives of Socorro county. The father has now departed this life, while the mother makes her home in Socorro.

A. C. Torres is one of a family of seven children, of whom six are yet living. His youthful days were spent in his native county and during the period of his boyhood he attened the public schools, making good use of his opportunities, so that he eventually took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for several years. He was also county superintendent of schools for four years and has never ceased to feel the deepest interest in the cause of education, while the efforts that he has put forth have been resultant factors in promoting educational instituation in the state. His fellow townsmen appreciative of his worth and ability have on various occassions called him to public office and he enjoys the respect of the adherents of the repubican party as well as the confidence and good will of the followers of democracy, among whom he is numbered. He served as city clerk and is now occupying the position of postmaster at Socorro, to which he was appoined by President Wilson. His public duties further embrace service as chairman of the board of regents of the New Mexico School of Mines, in which connection he has put forth every possible effort to raise the standard of the school and make it of the greatest possible benefit as a source of practical instruction to those who will probably become factors in development of the rich mineral resources of this state.

Mr. Torres has been married twice. In August, 1898, he wedded Miss Encarnacion Torres, who died February 8, 1912. In March, 1915, he married Miss Margarita Telles. He owns an attractive home in Socorro, together with a number of city lots and several substantial buildings. He takes an active and helpful interest in all public enterprises of town and county and cooperates heartily in all well formulated plans for the development and improvement of city and state. He is a member of the Spanish-American Alliance and he is interested in every movement which bring into close connection the Spanish and American population of the state in their effort to utilize and develop New Mexico's resources and improve her opportunities for making this one of the great states of the Union.

Ralph Emerson Twitchell, editor, The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, Volume IV (Cedar Rapids, IA: The Torch Press, 1917), 377-378.

For more information about Anastacio C. Torres, including a photo of him, check on this link.

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