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Reynaldo G. Garza
Birth: Jul. 7, 1915
Death: Sep. 7, 2004

First Mexican-American Federal Judge. Born the son of Mexican immigrants in Brownsville, Texas, he earned a law degree at the University of Texas in 1939. During WW II, he served in the Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945 and returned to private law practice in Brownsville. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed him the first Latino federal district judge. He served the Southern District of Texas for 18 years, the last five as its chief judge. In 1979, he became the first Mexican American appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals after President Carter nominated him for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, where he served till 1982. President Carter offered him the Cabinet post of attorney general, but he turned him down. Cause of death pneumonia, in a hospital in Brownsville, Texas at age 89. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Buena Vista Burial Park
Brownsville
Cameron County
Texas, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Sep 17, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9472996
Reynaldo G. Garza
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Reynaldo G. Garza
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Reynaldo G. Garza
Added by: Lionel Alva, Jr.
 
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