The Law Man

In 1873, Fountain moved from El Paso, Texas, to his wife’s hometown of Mesilla, New Mexico. He re-established his law practice using his fluent Spanish to his advantage in jury trials and would become one of New Mexico’s more prominent attorneys over the next 23 years. He was appointed Assistant United States District Attorney by President Benjamin Harrison and also served as probate judge and deputy court clerk. In 1881, Fountain was given the assignment of defending his most famous client, William Bonney aka Billy the Kid. Widely known for his success in the courtroom, Fountain would lose this case and Billy the Kid was subsequently convicted of the murder of Sherriff William Brady.