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Eusebio Chacon

New Mexico

Eusebio Chacon was born in Penasco, New Mexico, on December 16, 1869, a descendant of Spanish pioneers who had settled this area of New Mexico. Shortly after his birth the Chacon family settled in Trinidad, Colorado. Chacon attended Las Vegas College in Las Vegas, New Mexico, obtained his degree at age seventeen, and attended Notre Dame University where, at nineteen years of age, obtained a law degree in 1889.

After graduation, Chacon began teaching English at Colegio Guadalupano, in Durango, Mexico. In 1891, he returned to Trinidad, Colorado, where he was admitted to the Colorado bar, and began his law practice. There, he was named deputy district attorney of Las Animas County, Colorado.

In 1891, he was appointed to to serve as official translator for the U.S. Court of Private Land Claims. In 1898, Chacon joined Jose Escobar to edit and write for the Spanish-language newspaper, El Progreso, in Trinidad, Colorado. Chacon, as a journalist, spoke out against anti-Hispanic prejudices in the Southwest.

"He is known to have written poetry, although none of his poetic works remain extant . . . ." [Source: Contemporary Authors Online, The Gale Group, 2000] [


Eusebio Chacon, El hijo de la tempestad, tras la tormenta la calma: Dos novelitas originales (Santa Fé, New Mexico: Tipografía de "El Boletín Popular," 1892)