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Ortiz y Pino Family History

The Ortiz family has been prominent in New Mexican history and politics since before the
Territorial Period. Nicolas Ortiz II, Niño LadrÛn de Guevara (also written Guebara), was
born in Mexico to Nicolas Ortiz I, who joined colonists in Zacatecas in 1693 and served as aid to
Governor of New Mexico, Don Diego de Vargas. Nicolas Ortiz II received the Caja del Rio land grant
in Santa Fe County by authority of the King, himself.

In addition to having two family members designated land grantees (Nicol·s Ortiz II and Don
Antonio Ortiz), Ramon Ortiz, son of Antonio Ortiz was the last Spanish priest at the Juarez Mission. Col.
Miguel E. Pino served with the First Regiment, New Mexican Volunteers, Union Army in the 1860s. Don Nicolas
Pino was Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, in 1868. Don Jose Ortiz y Pino was a member of the State Legislature,
House of Representatives, 1926-1942. Sra. Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven served as a member of the State Legislature,
House of Representatives, 1936-1942. She was the first woman Majority Whip in the Legislature. Jose Ortiz y Pino III
was elected State Senator, 1964-1966.

Pedro Bautista Pino, husband of Ana MarÌa Baca, and thus descendant of Nicol·s Ortiz II by marriage, was elected
to represent the Province of New Mexico to the Spanish Cortes (the Spanish Parliament) in C·diz, Spain, from the
inception of this institution in 1810 to its dissolution by Fernando VII in 1814. Pino was the first legislator
of the territory. Prior to this appointment, Pedro Bautista Pino was a New Mexico rancher who held the position
of Alcalde of TomÈ. He was appointed Commissioner for the settlement of the Pecos valley by Governor Chacon as
well as Regidor of Santa Fe. In 1810, he was elected New Mexico’s first and only Delegate to the Cortes in Spain.
His report to the Cortes, “La exposiciÛn sucinta y sencilla de la provincia del nuevo mundo, ” was published in
C·diz, Spain. In his report on the conditions in the province of New Mexico, don Pedro petitioned the Court to
establish a bishopric in Santa Fe, to establish of a seminary college and public schools, for uniformity in military
service, and to establish a civil and criminal audiencia in Chihuahua.

Pedro Bautista Pino’s grandson, JosÈ Ortiz y Pino, and his great-granddaughter, Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven,
followed in his footsteps (in keeping with a promise made by the first legislator that each generation of his family
would serve the government), becoming legislators themselves. In addition to her position as the first female
majority whip in the House of Representatives, where she served from 1936-1942, Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven’s work
as a research assistant in the Washington Office of the Historical Records Survey, as a member of the advisory
committee on women’s participation in the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, as a correspondent regarding the Coronado
Cuarto Centennial celebration in 1940, as president of the Santa Fe Women’s Aero Club and as a proponent for bilingual
education in New Mexico are also reflected in this collection.

Courtesy of The Online Archive of New Mexico.

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