Historic Markers Across Alabama

Joseph (Joe) N. Langan

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Location: 900 Spring Hill Ave, Mobile, AL
County: Mobile
Coordinates: N 30° 41.421    W 088° 3.359
  30.69035    -88.05598333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Joseph (Joe) N. Langan
1912 - 2004

Joseph (Joe) N. Langan devoted his life to helping others and championing noble causes. He provided wisdom as a city and stare leader and served courageously as a U.S. Army officer during World War II and the Korean War. As a leading advocate for a vibrant, prosperous city during the mid-20th century, he helped create modern Mobile.

After graduating from Murphy High School and attending Spring Hill College, Langan launched his public service career in 1938 with his election to the state legislature. In 1940 he was called to active duty with the Alabama National Guard. During World War II he served as chief of staff for the 8th U.S. Army Area Command in the South Pacific. After the war he returned to Mobile and his private law practice and served again in the legislature. He was recalled to military service for two years during the Korean War.

In 1953 he won a seat on the city commission and served until 1969. As mayor, while on the city commission, he led the campaign for expansion of Mobile's western boundaries, increasing the city's size from 33 square miles to over 160 square miles. He strengthened relations between Mobile's black and white communities, and in partnership with his friend John L. LeFlore supported African Americans' quest for economic, political, and social equality.

the City of Mobile 2010

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