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Antonio Fernos-Isern

Dr. Antonio Fernós-Isern was an outstanding cardiologist and a senator.

Background

  • Fernos-Isern born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico and attended primary and intermediate schools in Caguas. His family moved to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania during his mid-year in high school.

  • Education

    • He attended primary and intermediate schools in Caguas. His family moved to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania during his mid-year in high school. He finished his high school education in the "Pennsylvania State Normal School".

    Career

    • In 1937, Fernos-Isern joined Luis Muñoz Marín organize the "Popular Democratic Party".

      In 1941, he served as the Director of civilian defense for the San Juan Metropolitan Area.

      In 1942 he returned to head the Department of Health and the Administration of Public Housing, as Director of the War Effort Office for Puerto Rico.

      From 1943 to 1946 Dr. Fernos-Isern was also the acting governor of Puerto Rico, during the Governorship of Rexford G. Tugwell under appointment as Permanent Acting Governor approved by president Franklyn D. Roosevelt.

      On June 8, 1950, the United States Senate approved the "Public Law 600", allowing Puerto Rico to establish its own constitutional local government. Fernos-Isern served as president of the Constitutional Convention, which formulated the Constitution of the "Commonwealth".

      Fernos-Isern did not seek re-election in 1964. He returned to Puerto Rico from Washington, D.C. and was elected to the Puerto Rican Senate, serving between 1965-1969.

      After he retired from politics, he returned to the University of Puerto Rico as Resident Scholar.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democratic Party

    Membership

    • Social Hygiene Association

    Connections

    • father: Buenaventura
    • mother: Dolores
    • 1st wife: Gertrudis Delgado
    Antonio Fernos-Isern
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    Died January 19, 1974
    (aged 78)
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    • 1915
      University Maryland
    • 1916 - 1918
      health officer, City of San Juan
    • 1919
      assistant, commissioner health for Puerto Rico
    • 1921
      director, medical school service San Juan
    • 1931 - 1933
      commissioner health
    • 1933 - 1942
      private practice, cardiology
    • 1942 - 1945
      commissioner health Puerto Rico
    • 1946 - 1965
      resident, commissioner of Puerto Rico to United States
    • 1965 - 1969
      senator Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
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