Happy Birthday to José Mariano Hernández, Politician and Soldier

August 4, 1793 is the birthday of José Mariano Hernández, an American politician, plantation owner, and soldier.  Hernández was born in Saint Augustine when it was a Spanish holding, and became a loyal US citizen when the territory became part of the US.  He was the first Latinx to serve in US Congress and the first delegate from the Florida Territory.  Thirty years passed before another Latinx was elected to national office.

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