Thomas Catron arrived in New Mexico following the Civil War and he established a law practice in the territory. Through his adept manipulation of land grant laws and the desperation of many heirs, he was able to gain control of much of the territory’s land and resources. At one point, he was owned more land than any other individual in the United States. His wealth and power provided him with the ability to command New Mexico’s nefarious political machine known as the Santa Fe Ring.
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