Edward Hidalgo, First Latinx US Secretary of the Navy

On October 24, 1979, Edward Hidalgo was sworn in as the first Latinx US Secretary of the Navy.  Hidalgo was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and immigrated as a young child with his family, an early “DREAMer”.  Hidalgo earned a BA at Holy Cross University and law degrees from Columbia and the University of Mexico.  He had a distinguished career in law and public service prior to his appointment, including with the US Information Agency.  Among his numerous awards, he was knighted by the Swedish government and received the Order of the Aztec Eagle from Mexico.

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