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|Commissioner Thomas M. Brahney|
Records, 1946-1954, bulk 1950-1954
Thomas M. Brahney grew up in the Third Ward and attended Jesuit High School and
Loyola Law School. After service
in the Navy during World War II, he entered private practice and was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney, a
post he held
until 1949. He was elected Commissioner of Health and Institutions in 1950 and served one term in office,
he was perhaps the most vocal opponent of Mayor deLesseps S. Morrison. In 1954, Brahney tried
unseat Morrison, who was elected easily to a third term. In 1958, Brahney was elected Judge of Criminal
he retired in 1974.
The records are obviously fragmentary. They include correspondence, clippings, telegrams, speeches, and campaign material related to Brahney's 1954 mayoral race; correspondence and other material related to a variety of municipal issues, including controversies over septic tanks in the Pines Village and Huntlee Village subdivisions, the purchase of the Herman Ice Factory to allow for widening of Loyola Avenue, the construction of the Civic Center, the investigations into police corruption, and the Mayor's Permit fund.
Gift of Linda Finnergan, Thomas Brahney, III, and Terry Brahney, July 1994 (courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection).
Campaign for Mayor, 1953-1954--Correspondence with Contributors
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