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FERNÓS-ISERN, Antonio

(1895—1974)


FERNÓS-ISERN, Antonio, a Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; born in San Lorenzo, P.R., May 10, 1895; attended elementary and high schools in Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania State Normal School, Bloomsburg, Pa; graduated from the University of Maryland, College of Physicians and Surgeons and School of Medicine, College Park, Md., 1915; physician; health officer of the city of San Juan, P.R., 1919; assistant commissioner of health Puerto Rico, 1920-1921, 1923-1931; commissioner of health of Puerto Rico, 1931-1933, 1942-1946; faculty, Public Health School of Tropical Medicine of Puerto Rico, 1931-1935; unsuccessful candidate as a Popular Democrat for Resident Commissioner in 1940; director of civilian defense, metropolitan area of Puerto Rico, 1942; Acting Governor of Puerto Rico, 1943-1946; appointed as a Popular Democrat to the United States House of Representatives to fill the vacancy, caused by the resignation of Resident Commissioner Jesús T. Piñero in the term ending January 3, 1949; elected to the Eighty-First Congress for a four-year term and reelected to the three succeeding four-year terms (September 11, 1946-January 3, 1965); was not a candidate for reelection to the Eighty-Ninth Congress in 1964; member of the Puerto Rican senate, 1965-1969; died on January 19, 1974, in San Juan, P.R.; interment in National Cemetery, Old San Juan, P.R.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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