Soledád Chávez de Chacón

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Chávez de Chacon served as Secretary of State from 1922 to 1927, the first woman to hold statewide elected office in New Mexico. In 1924, she was one of the first women to act as a state governor due to a stipulation in the New Mexico Constitution that requires either the Lieutenant Governor or Secretary of State to officially step in when the Governor is not physically present in the state.