The author of Ben Hur, Lew Wallace, wrote much of that book while holding this office:
Governor of Georgia
U.S. Ambassador to Italy
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
Governor of New Mexico Territory
Mayor of San Francisco
Governor of New Mexico Territory.
Lew Wallace served as territorial governor of New Mexico from September 1878 to 1881. Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ was published in 1880. Governor Wallace is also famous for refusing to give Billy the Kid a pardon after New Mexico?s bloody Lincoln County War.
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