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Illustrious Citizen

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María Teresa Babín (1910-1989)
Alfredo M. Aguayo - Educator and writer. Professor at the University of Havana in Cuba. A member of the Cuban Academy of History. Because of his outstanding career as an educator, the School of Education at the University of Havana bears his name.

Pedro Albizu-Campos - A leader of the Puerto Rican nationalist movement who left a profound mark in his country’s history. He presided the Nationalist Party and spent many years in prison for defending the independence struggle.

María Teresa Babín - Educator and essayist who has also written poetry and plays. Her best-known works include Panorama de la cultura puertorriqueña and several essays on Federico García Lorca.

Vicente Balbás-Capó - Journalist and political figure, a defender of the Spanish colonial regime. During the Spanish-American War Balbás-Capó organized a volunteer battalion and was imprisoned for his opposition to Puerto Ricans serving in the United States armed forces.

Héctor Campos-Parsi - One of the most important contemporary Puerto Rican composers. Author of two important essays on Puerto Rican music.

Carlos E. Chardón-Palacios – Scientist and essayist. Chardón held important public positions, notably in the financial sector; he promoted an economical proposal known as the Plan Chardón in 1935. Among other works, Chardón wrote an excellent essay on Simón Bolívar, for which he was decorated by the Venezuelan government with the Order of the Liberator.

Arístides Chavier-Arévalo - Musician and composer of the modernist period. Chavier wrote the Puerto Rico Overture and the essay "El arte musical puertorriqueño: su desarrollo y evolución hasta el presente", in 1923.

Federico Degetau-González - A liberal political figure and writer; delegate to the Spanish Cortes and resident commissioner in Washington (1901 – 1905).

Ruth Fernández-Corrada - Signer of international renown. Senator and director of the Governorgovernor: in the Spanish colonies, the governor was the figure immediately beneath the viceroy in political and legal affairs. Like the alcaldes mayores, the governors could not be vecinos, encomenderos or owners of land or mines in the jurisdiction. When the title was added to that of Captain General, the position also implied the highest military authority. Governorships were applied to sparsely populated colonies or frontier zones. Puerto Rico was a frontier zone.’s Cultural Affairs Office.

Luis A. Ferré-Aguayo - Engineer, pianist, founder of the New Progressive Party (1967); Ferré was a senator (1977 - 1985) president of the Senate (1977 – 1981), and governor of Puerto Rico (1968-1972). He also was a patron of the arts and founder of the Museo de Arte de Ponce (1959).

Félix Franco-Oppenheimer - Poet and writer. His works include Contornos, Imagen y visión edénica de Puerto Rico and Antología poética.

Julio J. Henna - Physician. Henna participated in the foundingtown, founding: A group of vecinos that wanted to found a town had to grant a power of attorney to one or more other vecinos to represent them before the governor and viceroy. This person could authorize the founding of the town and the establishment of a parish. The grantors of the power of attorney had to be a majority in the given territory and more than ten in number. Once the case had been made, the governor appointed a capitán poblador or settlement official to represent the vecinos and one or more delegates, who usually lived in nearby cabildos vecinos to receive the necessary documentation. Proof was required that the settlement was so far from a church that it was very difficult for the settlers to partake of sacraments and municipal services. In general, proof was provided of the absence or bad condition of roads and bridges. If the petition was approved, it was required that the vecinos mark off the new municipality and build public works such as a church, a parish house, a government house (Casa del Rey), a slaughterhouse, and a cemetery, and to set aside land for the town square or plaza and the commons (ejidos). The vecinos were expected to cover the cost of building these works by levying special assessments. Usually one of the land owners donated some land for the founding. Once the requirements had been met, the governor authorized the founding of the town and the parish, and he appointed a Lieutenant at War who usually was the same capitán poblador. of the Puerto Rico Section of the Cuban Revolutionary Party in New York. He later supported the annexation of Puerto Rico to the United States.

Rafael Hernández-Colón – Attorney, secretary of justice (1964-1968), President of the Senate (1968-1972), and Governor of Puerto Rico (1972-1976, 1984-1988, 1988-1992).

Antonio S. Luchetti -Public servant, engineer. Under his initiative, the electric power system was established and developed in Puerto Rico under the Puerto Rico Water Resources Authority (PRWRA).

Washington Llorens – Linguist, poet, and essayist. His works include El español de Puerto Rico and El habla popular de Puerto Rico.

Juan Morel-Campos - A great composer and musician. Although Manuel G. Tavárez is recognized as "the Father of the Puerto Rican danza," it was Morel Campos who perfected the danza, based on Tavarez’s habanera style. His compositions include: Sopapos, Alma sublime, Felices días, Laura y Georgina, Sueño de amor, and Vano empeño.

Antonio E. Paoli-Marcano - A singer of international renown, known as "The tenor of kings" and "The king of tenors."

Olga Albizu - abstract painter

César Andreu-Iglesias- journalist, writer

Rosario Ferré-Ramírez de Arellano- writer, profesor and member of the Academia Puertorriqueña de la Lengua. Has written fiction, poetry, essays and was the director of the journal Zona de Carga y descarga in 1970.

Raúl Gándara-Cartagena -A fire chief; he wrote a book on the firemen’s service in 1951, which became a manual in several Latin American countries.

Elías López-Sobá- pianist, professor

Elisa Tavárez- daughter of the "Father of the danza" Manuel G. Tavárez, a pianist of international renown.

Mariano Villaronga-Toro Commissioner of Public Education (1946).

Emilio J. Pasarell – Writer, journalist and poet. Pasarell wrote about the origins of the theater in Puerto Rico.

Miguel Pou-Becerra - Painter of countryside genre paintings, among them: Camino del pueblo, El bohío de yaguas, El flamboyán, Lavanderas del River Portugués, and Paisaje de montaña.

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