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HERNÁNDEZ, Joseph Marion, a Delegate from the Territory of Florida; born in St. Augustine,
Fla. (then a Spanish colony), May 26, 1788; transferred his allegiance to the
United States; upon the formation of Florida Territory was elected as a
Delegate to the Seventeenth Congress and served from September 30, 1822, to
March 3, 1823; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Eighteenth Congress
in 1823 and Nineteenth Congress in 1825; member and presiding officer of the
Territorial house of representatives, 1824-1825; appointed brigadier general of
Volunteers in the war against the Florida Indians; entered the United States
service and served from 1835 to 1838; commanded the expedition in 1837 that
captured the Indian chief Oceola; appointed brigadier general of Mounted
Volunteers in July 1837; unsuccessful Whig candidate for the United States
Senate in 1845; moved to Cuba and engaged as a planter in the District of
Coliseo, near Matanzas; died at the familys sugar estate, Audaz, in the
District of Coliseo, Matanzas Province, Cuba, June 8, 1857; interment in the
Junco family vault in San Carlos Cemetery, Matanzas, Cuba.
BibliographyJoseph Marion Hernández in
Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the
direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the
Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.