Former NM Gov. David Cargo Dies at Age 84

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

David F. Cargo, a maverick Republican who became the youngest governor of New Mexico and served two terms in the turbulent 1960s, has died at the age of 84.

Family members confirmed Cargo died early Friday at an Albuquerque hospital after falling ill the evening before.

Known as "Lonesome Dave," Cargo championed the film industry and established the first state film commission. He was an early advocate of a policy for apportioning legislative seats that has altered the political landscape over several decades.

Cargo earned his nickname during his first gubernatorial bid in 1966. He traveled the state alone to campaign in rural areas and small towns typically bypassed by his better-funded Democratic opponent.

He took office at age 37, making him the youngest man to serve as governor. He won re-election in 1968.

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