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Joachim Octave Fernández, Sr.
|Member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 1st district|
March 4, 1931 - January 3, 1941
|Felix Edward Hébert|
|Louisiana State Representative from Orleans Parish (at-large delegation)|
|Louisiana State Senator from Orleans Parish (at-large)|
|Born||August 14, 1896|
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Died||August 8, 1978 (aged 81)|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Resting place||Metairie Cemetery of New Orleans|
|Spouse(s)||Viola Murray Fernández (married 1920)|
|Children||Florau Joachim Fernández|
Mercedes Fernández Bradley
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Joachim Octave Fernández, Sr. (August 14, 1896 – August 8, 1978), was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives for Louisiana's 1st congressional district. Like all other members of his state's congressional delegation at the time of his tenure, Fernández was a Democrat.
Son of Octave Gonzales Fernández and Mary Benson, he was born, lived, and died in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their ancestors came from the Canary Islands, Spain. Settlers in Louisiana from the Canaries are known as Isleños. On June 3, 1920, he married Viola Murray, and the couple had two sons and two daughters. He began his political career as a member of the Old Regular political machine. He was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1924 to 1928 and the State Senate from 1928 to 1930 at the time of the administration of Mayor T. Semmes Walmsley. In 1930, however, Fernández defected to the camp of Walmsley's enemy, Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr. He became Long's Ninth Ward political boss and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1930 with Long's support. He lost his seat in 1940 to reform candidate Felix Edward Hébert, a former journalist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Fernández was a delegate to the Louisiana state constitutional convention in 1921, which wrote the document to govern his state until 1975. He was an alternate delegate to the 1936 Democratic National Convention, which renominated the Franklin D. Roosevelt-John Nance Garner ticket. In his forties, Fernández served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant commander during World War II. After his congressional service, Fernández was the U.S. collector of internal revenue in New Orleans.
In the election of 1946, Fernández briefly served as the reform candidate against Mayor Robert Maestri, but he withdrew from the race at the last minute after Maestri offered to pay his campaign expenses. Maestri was unseated, however, by the reformers' choice, deLesseps Story Morrison.
Fernández was known as "Bathtub Joe" Fernández for his habit of avoiding calls from reporters by claiming he was taking a bath.
Florau Joachim Fernandez married Elizabeth (Betty) Abigail Richard > children
Mercedes Fernandez married Milton Bradley
Junerose Fernandez married Chester (Chick) Keating > 7 children
Joachim (Joe) Octave Fernandez, Jr. married Grace Bergeron in 1949 > 4 children | Married Beverly Wenger in 1970 > 5 children
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana
1931 – 1941
Felix Edward Hébert