Juan Patron by Paul L. Tsompanas
A Fallen Star in the Days of Billy the Kid

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Juan Patrón lived through one of the bloodiest chapters of the American West: the 1878 feud known as the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. Reputed for his heroics, Patrón tried to tame a frontier plagued with violence, illiteracy and greed--first as a teacher, then as a desperado hunter, and eventually as speaker of the territorial house at age twenty-five, the youngest person to hold this position in New Mexico in history.

With keen, well-researched detail and the skill of a master storyteller, author Paul Tsompanas leads us through Patrón's life and times--and his fate at the hands of a Texas cowboy named Michael Maney, who outdrew him in a dramatic showdown. Many believe that, had he lived, Patrón would have become New Mexico's first congressman when it entered the Union in 1912.

About Paul L. Tsompanas

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Paul L. Tsompanas returned to writing after a long career as a senior congressional staff member. Before entering the world of politics, he spent ten years as an award-winning reporter for California and New Mexico newspapers. Through the years, he has contributed articles to various regional and national magazines. He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Colonial Beach, Virginia, seventy miles south of Washington, D.C. For more about Paul and his book, visit his webpage at www.paultsompanas.com.
Published May 14, 2013 by Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, Inc.. 216 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime.

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