|Name||Jesús Toribio Piñero|
Carolina, Puerto Rico , United States
|| April 06, 1897
|| November 16, 1952
|Last Modifed||Mr. Matt|
Sep 22, 2012 04:52pm
|Info||Jesus Toribio Piñero (April 6, 1897-November 16, 1952) was the first native Puerto Rican to be appointed governor of Puerto Rico by the government of the United States. |
Piñero was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico into a wealthy family and obtained his primary and secondary education in his hometown. In 1914, he graduated from the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Puerto Rico. He also attended and graduated from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
From 1920-1944, Piñero's interest in agriculture kept him always engaged in the dairy business and in the cultivation of the sugar cane. He was always interested in the agricultural development of Puerto Rico. This was one of the main reasons that led Piñero to participate in political activities, particularly those concerning the issues of the sugar cane cultivation.
From 1928-1932, during the period that Puerto Rico's internal government was still governed by Americans appointed by the U.S., Piñero, was the President of the Assembly of the Municipality of Carolina. From 1933-1937, he was the President of the Association of the Sugar Cane Industry and served in the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico.
In 1938, Piñero was one of the founding members, along with Luis Muñoz Marin of the Popular Democratic Party. He was named Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico by the party, and represented the island in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. His position, however, was one that did not have voting powers.
PIÑERO, Jesús T., a Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; born in Carolina, P.R., April 16, 1897; attended the grade schools, Colegio Janer (a private school), Baltimore, Md., and the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; was graduated from the College of Liberal Arts, University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in 1914; engaged in agricultural pursuits and in the sugarcane and dairy industries 1920-1944; member and president of the municipal assembly at Carolina, P.R., 1928-1932; member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives 1940-1944; delegate to the Popular Democratic Convention at San Juan, P.R., in 1940; elected as a Popular Democrat a Resident Commissioner to the United States and served from January 3, 1945, until his resignation on September 2, 1946, having been appointed Governor of Puerto Rico, serving until December 1948; died in Loiza, P.R., November 19, 1952; interment in Carolina Cemetery, Carolina, P.R.