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  Aníbal Acevedo Vilá (b. 1962) — of San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Hato Rey, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, February 13, 1962. Lawyer; member of Puerto Rico House of Representatives, 1991-2001; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 2001-05; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2004, 2008; Governor of Puerto Rico, 2005-09; defeated, 2008. In March, 2008, he was charged with 19 counts of campaign finance corruption; in August, 2008, five more counts were added; fifteen counts were dismissed in December; tried on the remaining nine charges; found not guilty in March, 2009. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Raymond L. Acosta (1925-2014) — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J.; San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., May 31, 1925. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; FBI special agent; U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1980-82; U.S. District Judge for Puerto Rico, 1982-94; took senior status 1994. Hispanic ancestry. Died in Chapin, Lexington County, S.C., December 23, 2014 (age 89 years, 206 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ramon Acosta and Carmen Acosta; married, November 2, 1957, to Marie Hatcher.
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
Herman Badillo Herman Badillo (1929-2014) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Caguas, Caguas Municipio, Puerto Rico, August 21, 1929. Lawyer; accountant; borough president of Bronx, New York, 1966-69; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 29th District, 1967; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1988; candidate for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1969 (Democratic primary), 1973 (Democratic primary), 1977 (Democratic primary), 2001 (Republican primary); U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1971-77; Democratic candidate for New York state comptroller, 1986. Protestant. Puerto Rican ancestry. Member, Beta Gamma Sigma. First person of Puerto Rican birth to have a vote in the U.S. Congress. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., December 3, 2014 (age 85 years, 104 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Francisco Badillo and Carmen (Rivera) Badillo; married, May 18, 1961, to Irma Deutsch (1932?-).
  Cross-reference: Charles M. Kinsolving, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Jaime Benitez Rexach (1908-2001) — also known as Jaime Benitez — of San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Vieques, Vieques Municipio, Puerto Rico, October 29, 1908. Lawyer; university professor; chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico, 1942-66; president of the Puerto Rico University System, 1966-71; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 1973-77; defeated, 1976; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1976. Puerto Rican ancestry. Died, of pneumonia, in San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, May 30, 2001 (age 92 years, 213 days). Interment at Cementerio de Santa Maria Magdalena, Santa Maria, Puerto Rico.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harry Felipe Besosa (1881-1947) — also known as Harry F. Besosa — of Santurce, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., April 24, 1881. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; candidate for Puerto Rico senate, 1924; delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1928 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization; member, Credentials Committee; member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee); member of Republican National Committee from Puerto Rico, 1928-32; U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1932-33. Protestant. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Elks; Rotary. Died October 22, 1947 (age 66 years, 181 days). Interment at Cementerio de Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico.
  Relatives: Son of Manuel Besosa (1832-1898) and Fruta (Melero) Besosa; married, September 15, 1900, to Maria Cabellero.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Rumsey Beverley (1894-1967) — also known as James R. Beverley — of San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Dalhart, Dallam County, Tex., June 15, 1894. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; Governor of Puerto Rico, 1929, 1932-33. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi; Freemasons. Died, from myocardial failure, in Seton Hospital, Austin, Travis County, Tex., June 17, 1967 (age 73 years, 2 days). Interment at Austin Memorial Park, Austin, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of William Beverley (1854-1941) and Clara Eleanor (Hendricks) Beverley (1871-1926); married, June 20, 1925, to Mary Smith Jarmón (1898-1986); second great-grandson of Thomas Lloyd Posey (1750-1818).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Foster Vincent Brown (1852-1937) — also known as Foster V. Brown — of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn. Born near Sparta, White County, Tenn., December 24, 1852. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1884, 1896, 1900, 1916; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 3rd District, 1895-97; Puerto Rico attorney general, 1910-12; U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1910-11, 1912. Member, Freemasons. Died in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn., March 26, 1937 (age 84 years, 92 days). Interment at Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  Relatives: Father of Joseph Edgar Brown (1880-1939).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Charles Butte (1877-1940) — also known as George C. Butte — of Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla.; Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in San Francisco, Calif., May 9, 1877. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for Governor of Texas, 1924; Puerto Rico attorney general, 1925; Governor-General of the Philippine Islands, 1932. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; American Society for International Law; American Law Institute; Alpha Tau Omega; Delta Theta Phi. Died, following surgery for an intestinal blockage, in American Hospital, Mexico City (Ciudad de México), Distrito Federal, January 18, 1940 (age 62 years, 254 days). Interment at Live Oak Cemetery, Dublin, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Felix Butte and Lena Clara (Stoes) Butte; married, August 21, 1898, to Bertha Lattimore (1878-1926).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jose Alberto Cabranes (b. 1940) — of Connecticut. Born in Mayagüez, Mayagüez Municipio, Puerto Rico, December 22, 1940. Lawyer; U.S. District Judge for Connecticut, 1979-94; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1994-. Hispanic ancestry. Member, American Bar Association. Still living as of 2014.
  See also federal judicial profile — NNDB dossier
  Wilfredo Caraballo (b. 1947) — of South Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Yabucoa, Yabucoa Municipio, Puerto Rico, January 1, 1947. Democrat. Lawyer; law professor; member of New Jersey state house of assembly 29th District, 1996-2007; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996, 2000; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2004. Puerto Rican ancestry. Still living as of 2016.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Robert Archer Cooper (1874-1953) — also known as Robert A. Cooper — of Laurens, Laurens County, S.C.; Washington, D.C.; San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Laurens County, S.C., June 12, 1874. Democrat. Lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1901-04; Solicitor, 8th Judicial Circuit, 1905-16; Governor of South Carolina, 1919-22; U.S. District Judge for Puerto Rico, 1934-. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died August 7, 1953 (age 79 years, 56 days). Interment at Laurens Cemetery, Laurens, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Addison Cooper and Elizabeth Archie (Jones) Cooper; married, March 22, 1899, to Mamie Machen; married, November 15, 1917, to Dorcas Calmes.
  Jorge Luis Cordova Diaz (1907-1994) — of Guaynabo, Guaynabo Municipio, Puerto Rico; San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Manatí, Manatí Municipio, Puerto Rico, April 20, 1907. Lawyer; district judge in Puerto Rico, 1939-44; justice of Puerto Rico supreme court, 1945-46; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 1969-73. Died September 16, 1994 (age 87 years, 149 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Felix Cordova Davila and Mercedes Diaz Collazo; married, November 26, 1931, to Dora Rodriguez Pereyo.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Federico Degetau y González (1862-1914) — also known as Federico Degetau — of San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Ponce, Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico, December 5, 1862. Lawyer; author; mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1898; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 1901-05. German and Puerto Rican ancestry. Died in Santurce, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, January 20, 1914 (age 51 years, 46 days). Interment at Cemetery of San Juan, Santurce, Puerto Rico.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset (b. 1960) — also known as Luis G. Fortuño Burset — of Guaynabo, Guaynabo Municipio, Puerto Rico; San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, October 31, 1960. Lawyer; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 2005-; member of Republican National Committee from Puerto Rico, 2008; delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2008; Governor of Puerto Rico, 2009-13; defeated, 2012. Still living as of 2019.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Jaime B. Fuster (1941-2007) — of Rio Piedras, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico; San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Guayama, Guayama Municipio, Puerto Rico, January 12, 1941. Lawyer; law professor; president, Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 1981-84; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 1985-92; resigned 1992; justice of Puerto Rico supreme court, 1992-2007; appointed 1992; died in office 2007. Puerto Rican ancestry. Died, of cardiac arrest, in Guaynabo, Guaynabo Municipio, Puerto Rico, December 3, 2007 (age 66 years, 325 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Alejandro Javier García Padilla (b. 1971) — also known as Alejandro García Padilla — Born in Coamo, Coamo Municipio, Puerto Rico, August 3, 1971. Lawyer; Puerto Rico Secretary of Consumer Affairs, 2005-07; member of Puerto Rico senate at-large, 2009-13; Governor of Puerto Rico, 2013-17. Still living as of 2017.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John Longdon Gay (1866-1956) — also known as John L. Gay — Born in Pizgah, Cooper County, Mo., June 23, 1866. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1928-31. Member, Federal Bar Association; American Legion; Reserve Officers Association; Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died November 17, 1956 (age 90 years, 147 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas C. Gay and Mary Ann (Hill) Gay; married, November 18, 1915, to Gertrude Mary Vidler.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hans H. Hertell (b. 1950) — of San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, 1950. Republican. Lawyer; banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2000, 2008 (alternate); U.S. Ambassador to Dominican Republic, 2001-. Still living as of 2008.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
John J. Jenkins John James Jenkins (1843-1911) — also known as John J. Jenkins — of Baraboo, Sauk County, Wis.; Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wis. Born in Weymouth, England, August 24, 1843. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Sauk County Circuit Court Clerk, 1867-70; lawyer; member of Wisconsin state assembly, 1872; Chippewa County Judge, 1872-76; U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, 1876-79; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, 1895-1909 (10th District 1895-1903, 11th District 1903-09); defeated in primary, 1908; U.S. District Judge for Puerto Rico, 1910-11; died in office 1911. Died in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wis., June 8, 1911 (age 67 years, 288 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Autobiographies and Portraits of the President, Cabinet, etc. (1899)
  Howard L. Kern (c.1886-1947) — of West Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa, about 1886. Democrat. Lawyer; Puerto Rico attorney general, 1915-19; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1920; assistant general attorney for International Telephone and Telegraph, 1928-41; general counsel, Central Railroad of New Jersey, 1941-47. Died in West Orange, Essex County, N.J., May 12, 1947 (age about 61 years). Burial location unknown.
  John Tabor Kingston, Jr. (1860-1898) — also known as John T. Kingston, Jr. — of Ashland, Ashland County, Wis. Born in Necedah, Juneau County, Wis., January 4, 1860. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Wisconsin state senate, 1891-93; postmaster at Ashland, Wis., 1893-97. Volunteered for military service in the Spanish-American War, and died, from peritonitis, in Coamo, Coamo Municipio, Puerto Rico, August 26, 1898 (age 38 years, 234 days). Interment at Bay View Cemetery, Necedah, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of John Tabor Kingston (1819-1899) and Hannah (Dawes) Kingston (1830-1916).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Raul Rafael Labrador (b. 1967) — also known as Raul Labrador — of Boise, Ada County, Idaho. Born in Carolina, Carolina Municipio, Puerto Rico, December 8, 1967. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 2004; member of Idaho state house of representatives, 2006-10; U.S. Representative from Idaho 1st District, 2011-; candidate in primary for Governor of Idaho, 2018. Mormon. Puerto Rican ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Miles M. Martin — of San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1915-21; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1924 (member, Credentials Committee). Burial location unknown.
  Pedro Pierluisi (b. 1959) — of Guaynabo, Guaynabo Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, April 26, 1959. Lawyer; Puerto Rico secretary of justice, 1993-96; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 2009-17; Governor of Puerto Rico, 2019. Catholic. Puerto Rican ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Married to Maria Elena Carrión.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Francisco Ponsa Feliu — Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1948. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Manuel Ramos (b. 1917) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Puerto Rico, November 23, 1917. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of New York state assembly 79th District, 1967-72. Puerto Rican ancestry. Member, Urban League; NAACP. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Jose Ramos Lopes (b. 1915) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Bayamón, Bayamón Municipio, Puerto Rico, December 2, 1915. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly, 1959-67 (New York County 14th District 1959-65, 75th District 1966, 70th District 1967). Catholic. Puerto Rican ancestry. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Aida Cartagena.
  Bernard Shandon Rodey (1856-1927) — also known as Bernard S. Rodey — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M. Born in County Mayo, Ireland, March 1, 1856. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Mexico territorial senate, 1889; delegate to New Mexico state constitutional convention, 1890; Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1901-05; defeated (Independent Republican), 1904; U.S. District Judge for Puerto Rico, 1906-10; U.S. Attorney for the 2nd District of Alaska Territory, 1910-13. Died March 10, 1927 (age 71 years, 9 days). Interment at Fairview Memorial Park, Albuquerque, N.M.
  Relatives: Son of Patrick Rodey and Ellen (Macdonnell) Rodey; married 1886 to Minnie Codington.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Carlos Antonio Romero Barceló (b. 1932) — also known as Carlos A. Romero Barceló — of San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Santurce, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico, September 4, 1932. Lawyer; mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1969-76; Governor of Puerto Rico, 1977-85; member of Puerto Rico senate, 1986-89; Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 1993-2001; defeated (New Progressive), 2000; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1996, 2000, 2004. Still living as of 2004.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Juan Ramon Sanchez (b. 1955) — Born in Vega Baja, Vega Baja Municipio, Puerto Rico, 1955. Lawyer; public defender; common pleas court judge in Pennsylvania, 1998-2004; U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004-. Hispanic ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
  Gloria Tristani — of New Mexico. Born in San Juan, San Juan Municipio, Puerto Rico. Democrat. Lawyer; member, Federal Communications Commission, 1997-2001; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 2002. Female. Puerto Rican ancestry. Still living as of 2005.
  Relatives: Granddaughter of Dionicio Chavez (1888-1962).
  Modesto Velazquez Flores (1909-1998) — also known as M. Velazquez Flores — of Las Piedras, Las Piedras Municipio, Puerto Rico; Humacao, Humacao Municipio, Puerto Rico. Born in Juncos, Juncos Municipio, Puerto Rico, June 15, 1909. Democrat. Lawyer; Interim Alcade (mayor) of Las Piedras, P.R., 1936; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1944 (member, Credentials Committee), 1956 (alternate), 1960. Puerto Rican ancestry. Died March 28, 1998 (age 88 years, 286 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, December 21, 1940, to Mary Peet.
  Laurence Hawley Watres (1882-1964) — also known as Laurence H. Watres — of Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pa. Born in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pa., July 18, 1882. Republican. Lawyer; major in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 11th District, 1923-31. Died in Puerto Rico, February 6, 1964 (age 81 years, 203 days). Interment at Glenwood Mausoleum, South Abington Township, Lackawanna County, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Louis Arthur Watres (1851-1937) and Effie (Hawley) Watres.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Beekman Winthrop (1874-1940) — of Westbury, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Orange, Essex County, N.J., September 18, 1874. Republican. Lawyer; Governor of Puerto Rico, 1904-07; U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, 1907-09; U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1909-13; director, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Lackawanna Steel Co., and National City Bank. Died November 10, 1940 (age 66 years, 53 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Winthrop and Kate W. (Taylor) Winthrop; married, October 7, 1903, to Melza Riggs Wood.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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