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Rufus James Palen

Rufus James Palen, American banker. member Capitol Bldg; member Board of Equalization, Ty.


  • Palen, Rufus James was born on January 13, 1843 in Hudson, New York, United States. Son of Joseph Gilbert and Caroline Anne (Little) Palen.

  • Education

    • University of Michigan, 1861-1862 (left school to enter Union Army). Second lieutenant Company G, 128th New York Vols., August 1862-August 1863. Major 78th United States.C.T., August 1862-January 1866.


    • Began as assistant cashier, 1878, later cashier, president, 1894, 1st National Bank, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Clerk Superior and 1st Judicial District cts., Ty. of New Mexico, 1873-1877. Treasurer Ty. of New Mexico, 1891-1895 and October 1911-January 15, 1912.

      Member Capitol Building Board, Capitol Rebldg. Board and Capitol Extension Board. Member Board of Equalization, Ty. of New Mexico, 2 years.

      Trustee New Mexico Asylum for Deaf and Dumb 11 years.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Capitol Bldg; member Board of Equalization, Ty.


    • Married Ellen Seager Webbe, September 17, 1878.
    • father: Joseph Gilbert Palen
    • mother: Caroline Anne (Little) Palen
    • spouse: Ellen Seager Webbe
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    Born January 13, 1843
    Died March 14, 1916
    (aged 73)