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L. Bradford Prince

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L. Bradford Prince
Bradford Prince.jpg
14th Governor of New Mexico Territory
In office
April 17, 1889 – April 20, 1893
Appointed byBenjamin Harrison
Preceded byEdmund G. Ross
Succeeded byWilliam Taylor Thornton
Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court
In office
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 1st district
In office
Personal details
Born(1840-07-03)July 3, 1840
Flushing, New York
DiedDecember 22, 1922(1922-12-22) (aged 82)
Flushing, New York
Resting placeFlushing Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materColumbia University

LeBaron Bradford Prince (July 3, 1840 – December 22, 1922) was an American lawyer and politician who served as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court from 1878 to 1882, and as the 14th Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1889 to 1893.


Prince was born on July 3, 1840, in Flushing, Queens, New York. His parents were horticulturist William Robert Prince and his wife, Charlotte Goodwin (Collins) Prince. Young Prince started his career working in nurseries run by his father and brother. The nurseries were sold at the end of the Civil War, and he studied law at Columbia University, where he received an LL.B. in 1866.[1][2]

He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from New York in 1868. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co., 1st D.) in 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874 and 1875. He was a member of the New York State Senate (1st D.) in 1876 and 1877.

In the Republican National Convention of 1876, he was among those who supported Rutherford B. Hayes over Roscoe Conkling. That resulted him being given the opportunity to be governor of the Territory of Idaho.[1] He passed on that option but later became a chief justice of the New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court from 1878 to 1882. In 1883, he became president of the New Mexico Historical Society.[1]

President Benjamin Harrison appointed Prince to Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1889 to 1893. Prince and his wife, Mary, resided in the Palace of the Governors and held social functions there.[3]

Prince led the movement to create the Spanish American Normal School and served as President of its governing board from 1909–1912.[4]

He was a member of New Mexico Territorial Council in 1909 and a delegate to the New Mexico State Constitutional Convention of 1911.

He was a member of the New Mexico Horticultural Society, the Society for the Preservation of Spanish Antiquities, the New Mexico Archaeological Society,[1] the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars and the Protestant Episcopal Church.

In 1879, he married Hattie E. Childs, who died in 1880. In 1881, he married Mary C. Beardsley. They had one child.[1] Prince died on December 22, 1922, in Queens, New York.


  • E Pluribus Unum: The Articles of Confederation vs. the Constitution (1867)
  • The General Laws of New Mexico (1880)
  • A Nation or a League (1880)
  • Historical Sketches of New Mexico (1883)
  • The American Church and Its Name (1887)
  • The Money Problem (1896)
  • The Stone Lions of Cochiti (1903)
  • Old Fort Marcy (1911)
  • A Concise History of New Mexico (1912)
  • The Student's History of New Mexico (1913)
  • Spanish Mission Churches of New Mexico (1915)
  • Abraham Lincoln, the Man (1917)


  1. ^ a b c d e Paul Alfred Francis Walter (1935). "Prince, LeBaron Bradford". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  2. ^ Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). "Prince, William" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  3. ^ Poldervaart, Arie (1948). Black-robed justice : A history of the administration of justice in New Mexico from the American occupation in 1846 until statehood in 1912. Santa Fe: Historical Society of New Mexico. p. 118.
  4. ^ Prince, L. Bradford (1977). Spanish Mission Churches of New Mexico. Glorieta, N.M: Rio Grande Press. p. 12. ISBN 0873801261.

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New York State Assembly
Preceded by
James B. Pearsall
New York State Assembly
Queens County, 1st District

Succeeded by
Townsend D. Cock
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John A. King
New York State Senate
1st District

Succeeded by
James M. Oakley
Government offices
Preceded by
Edmund G. Ross
Governor of New Mexico Territory
Succeeded by
William Taylor Thornton
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