William H. Duckworth

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William H. Duckworth

Death: 1970 (84-85)
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Son of Joseph W. Duckworth and Ada C. England

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William H. Duckworth , also called Bill Duckworth , (born August 24, 1885 in Fort Dodge , Iowa , † May 21, 1970 in Clovis , New Mexico ) was an American politician . Between 1921 and 1922 he served as Lt. Governor in the state of New Mexico .


William H. Duckworth was born during the tenure of President Grover Cleveland in Webster County. He left school at the age of 16 to work as a pharmaceutical trader for drug maker McKesson. Duckworth sold medicines in Texas Panhandle and New Mexico. In 1908 he came to Clovis in Curry County . He liked the up-and-coming town. In 1910 he moved permanently to Clovis. He acquired the Southwest Drug Company at the Main and Grand. In 1917 he married his first wife Mabel Shannon (1892-1962). The marriage remained childless.

Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In 1920, he was elected Lt. Governor of New Mexico - a post he held from January 1921 to December 1922.

In 1922 he sold his company to enter the car trade. He continued to trade in real estate and farms until 1928. At that time, he purchased his own Dodge dealership. About the early years of depression he said the following:

"I am active in running a business and a farm and meeting both financial success and fiasco."

In 1934 he opened the Duckworth Drug Company on the 320 Main, which he led until 1952. He sat for six years in the Senate of New Mexico . During this time he was on August 29, 1968 one of the well-wishers of Fabián Chávez Jr., who won the Democratic primary elections for the office of governor of New Mexico, but lost the later governor elections. Duckworth served in the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Regents at Eastern New Mexico University, the Lincoln County Memorial Commission, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Tax Commission.

He was a collector of books, which he donated to the Clovis Library. He also had an almost daily 15-minute radio show, where he made a story about old timepieces. Years after the death of his first wife, he married Lucia Staubus, widow of Rock Staubus. He died on May 21, 1970 in Clovis Memorial Hospital , where he was previously amputated on 5 May 1970, the right leg. His body was then buried at the Mission Garden of Memories Cemetery in Clovis.

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