- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Salvador Anzelmo, a former New Orleans city attorney and three-term state representative has died.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1h8ZTO8 ) that Anzelmo died Sunday while in hospice care in Deland, Florida. He was 93.

After serving in the state House of Representatives, Anzelmo became an attorney for the Legislature and later the city attorney under Mayor Dutch Morial, whom he met while the two served in the House.

Former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu recalled that in the 1960s Anzelmo took a stand against segregationist legislation and endured verbal abuse and threats because of his views.

“He was really a rock. He held his ground despite some unbelievable criticism and threats on his life,” Landrieu said. “Sam stood up virtually on a daily basis and opposed the obnoxious legislation that was being proposed.”

Lankford Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. Anzelmo is to be buried Friday at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

A memorial service is set in New Orleans for June 14 at St. Rita Catholic Church.

“He loved public service,” said Tommy Anzelmo, his son. “He was a natural in the Legislature.”

Anzelmo - known as Sal, Sam or Mr. A - was born in Chicago in 1920. His family moved back to the New Orleans area when he was a boy, first to St. Bernard Parish and later to the city.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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