Born in Taos in 1846, Joseph built a career as a territorial politician during his adult life. Between 1878 and 1880 he served as a judge in Taos County. He then moved to Ojo Caliente and was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives in 1882. For a full decade between 1885 and 1895 he served as New Mexico’s delegate to the U.S. Congress. In that capacity he was a tenacious advocate of statehood. He died in Ojo Caliente in April of 1910, nearly two years before statehood was finally granted to New Mexico.
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