Richard C. Dillon

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Richard C. Dillon
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8th Governor of New Mexico
In office
January 1, 1927 – January 1, 1931
Lieutenant Edward F. Sargent
Hugh B. Woodward
Preceded by Arthur T. Hannett
Succeeded by Arthur Seligman
Member of the New Mexico Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1877-06-24)June 24, 1877
St. Louis, Missouri
Died January 5, 1966(1966-01-05) (aged 88)
Encino, New Mexico
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maurine Williams
Residence Encino
Profession Entrepreneur

Richard Charles Dillon (June 24, 1877 – January 5, 1966) was an American politician and the eighth Governor of New Mexico. He held the governor's office from January 1, 1927 to January 1, 1931.

Early life

Dillon was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 24, 1877. His early education was attained in the common schools of Missouri. In 1889, his family moved to Springer, New Mexico. He attended the public schools there. Before entering politics, he worked as a railroad laborer and a merchant.


Dillon won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 1924. He held the position for two years. He then secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He was elected the governor of New Mexico by a popular vote on November 2, 1926. In 1928 he was reelected to a second term, becoming the first New Mexico governor to successfully run for reelection since the state's first governor, Wiliam C. McDonald. During his tenure, the state government was managed in an efficient business-like method and the Carlsbad Caverns were declared a national monument by the federal government.

Later years

After leaving office, he retired from political life. He remained active in his business career. He eventually established the R.C. Dillon Company. He died on January 5, 1966. He was buried at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]


  1. Find A Grave accessed 21 Feb 2016
  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 978-0-313-28093-1
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur T. Hannett
Governor of New Mexico
Succeeded by
Arthur Seligman