Joachim O. Fernández

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Joachim Octave Fernández (born August 14, 1896 in New Orleans , Louisiana , †  August 8, 1978 ibid) was an American politician . Between 1931 and 1941 he represented the state of Louisiana in the US House of Representatives .


Joachim Fernández attended public schools in his home country including the Cecil Barrois School in New Orleans. He then began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party . Fernández was initially a supporter of the party leader and Mayor of New Orleans, T. Semmes Walmsley . He later supported the Democratic Party's new strong man in Louisiana, Huey Long . In 1921 Fernández was a delegate at a meeting to revise the state constitution. Between 1924 and 1928 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Louisiana ; from 1928 to 1930 he was a member of the State Senate .

In the 1930 congressional elections , he was elected to the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the first constituency of Louisiana . There he took over from James O'Connor on March 4, 1931 . After four re-elections he was able to represent his state in Congress until January 3, 1931 . During this time, most of the Federal Government's New Deal laws were passed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt to overcome the Great Depression. In addition, in 1933 the 20th and 21st amendments came into force.

In 1940 Fernández was no longer nominated by his party for another term in Congress. At the beginning of the Second World War he served as an officer in the US Navy until 1943 . From 1943 to 1946, he headed the federal tax service for the state of Louisiana. Fernández later also worked as a tax advisor. From 1951 he worked for the Louisiana State Treasury. Joachim Fernández died on August 8, 1978 in New Orleans. He was married to Viola Murray since 1920.

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