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Administrative/Biographical HistoryBoaz Walton Long (9-27-1876 to 7-30-1962) was born in Warsaw, Indiana where his father held a judicial position. The Long family came to the Southwest in 1885 when President Grover Cleveland named Elisha V. Long Chief Justice of New Mexico. The Longs lived in Santa Fe initially and then moved to Las Vegas after redistricting of the Territory. Boaz graduated from Las Vegas High School and then spent one year at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. Subsequent clerking in his father's law office ended when Long's love of travel took him through the Western United States, Mexico, Central America, and Cuba. More than ten year's experience abroad in the Western Hemisphere facilitated Long's appointment as Chief of the Division of Latin American Affairs for the State Department in 1913. Long remained in various positions of government service for more than thirty years until his retirement in 1946. Among numerous assignments, Boaz Long acted as Minister to San Salvador, Cuba and Nicaragua, and Ambassador to Ecuador and Guatemala. Retirement from federal service ushered in a period of state service as Long became Director of the Museum of New Mexico from 1948 to 1957.
From the guide to the Boaz W. Long Papers, 1942-1957, (Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.)
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