The Santa Fe Ring was a noted political and business combination that dominated New Mexico during the last half of the 19th century. While its existence was disputed, many historians agree that there was, over several decades, a dominant group of men who excelled at exercising political power to advance personal interests. David Caffey reduces a hazy concept to specifics of who did what in this storied and often infamous chapter in New Mexico’s history.

David Caffey met New Mexico at age fifteen, as a camper at the Philmont Scout Ranch. He lived in New Mexico from 1982 until 2015, working at the Harwood Library and Museum in Taos, San Juan College in Farmington, and Clovis Community College. He is author of books on the history and culture of New Mexico, and is a former chair of the New Mexico State Library Commission and a past board member of the Historical Society of New Mexico.