Entrepreneur and politician Miguel Antonio Otero (1829-1882), who had been born in present-day New Mexico when it was still a Mexican province, was a strong supporter of railroads in that part of the world. While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for the New Mexico Territory’s at-large district from 1856 to 1861, he steadfastly promoted the need for railroads in the region. Otero became a staunch champion of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. He also helped organize the New Mexico and Southern Pacific Railroad.
For more information about Miguel Antonio Otero, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_Antonio_Otero_(born_1829) and http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/doc/egp.ha.030.