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Commissioner Thomas M. Brahney
          Records, 1946-1954, bulk 1950-1954
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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, during which he was perhaps the most vocal opponent of Mayor deLesseps S. Morrison. In 1954, Brahney tried unsuccessfully to unseat Morrison, who was elected easily to a third term. In 1958, Brahney was elected Judge of Criminal District Court; 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).


Inventory

Campaign for Mayor, 1953-1954--Correspondence with Contributors
Campaign for Mayor, 1953-1954--Miscellaneous Material
Civic Center Project, 1951-1953
Clippings, 1951-1953
Huntlee Village Subdivision, 1951-1952
Ice House (New Orleans Terminal), 1951-1952
Miscellaneous Data
Permit Fund--Ordinance
Personal, 1946, 1949-1952
Pines Village Development, 1949-1950
Police Investigation, 1953-1954
Telegrams 1950, 1953-1954


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