Daniel F. Foley, a native of Wabasha, Minn., was elected National Commander of The American Legion in 1963 during the 45th Annual National Convention in Miami Beach, Fla.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, Foley was a Life Member of Wabasha Post 50. He served as a District and Department Commander, as well as Alternate National Executive Committeeman, National Executive Committeeman and on the Advisory Committee to the National Commander.
Foley received his bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn., and his Law degree from Fordham University in New York City. He joined the family law firm in 1948. In 1966, he was appointed District Judge. For the next three terms, he was re-elected without opposition. In 1983 he was appointed as a judge on the newly established Minnesota Court of Appeals. He retired from the court in 1991.
During his term as National Commander, Foley received the Lantern Award from the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus and an Honorary Doctorate from the Mexican Academy of International Law.
Foley served as President of ANAVICUS, an organization promoting good will with Canadian veterans from 1981 until his death August 17, 2002.
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