Happy Birthday to Congressman Joachim Fernández

August 14, 1896 is the birthday of politician, officer and gentleman, Joachim Fernández, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Fernández began his public service career as a tariff agent, and was elected to the state legislature in 1923.  He was later elected to the US House of Representatives and reelected four times.  Fernández served in Congress during the Great Depression, and was an ardent supporter of many programs to create jobs for the unemployed.  After his political career ended, Fernández was called to active duty as a lieutenant commander in the US Naval Reserve during World War II.

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