Bravo, Manuel Box, 1901-1984


Bravo, Manuel Box, 1901-1984


Bio: Manuel Box Bravo (b. May 2, 1901, Hidalgo County, Texas-d. September 18, 1984, Zapata, Texas), county judge in Texas. Bravo quit school after the eighth grade but eventually received his diploma in 1924 from McAllen High School. He worked in the Hidalgo County courthouse tax collector’s office and was promoted to chief deputy in the delinquent tax department. In the late 1920’s he served as president of the Edinburg Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens. In 1933 he moved to Zapata, Texas where he was self-employed. In 1937 Bravo was elected county judge for Zapata County, where he worked towards improving schools and living conditions, and fought for civil rights. During World War II he was chairman of the War Fund in Zapata County. Bravo retired from public office in 1957. He is the son of David and Emma Box. He married Josefa Villarreal Perez in Edinburg, Texas in 1919; they had four children. Bravo is interred in the Zapata Cemetery in Zapata, Texas.


LBJ Connection: Judge in Zapata County, Texas