IGLESIAS, Santiago, (1872 - 1939)


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IGLESIAS, Santiago, (formerly Santiago Iglesias Pantin; father-in-law of Bolívar Pagán), a Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; born in La Coruña, Spain, February 22, 1872; attended the common schools; apprenticed as a cabinet maker; moved to Cuba and was secretary of the Workingmen Trades Circle in Habana 1889-1896; moved to Puerto Rico and was the founder and editor of three labor papers: Porvenir Social 1898-1900, Union Obrera 1903-1906, Justicia 1914-1925; appointed general organizer of the American Federation of Labor for the districts of Puerto Rico and Cuba in 1901; member of the Puerto Rican senate 1917-1933; served as secretary of the Pan American Federation of Labor 1925-1933; elected as a Coalitionist a Resident Commissioner to the United States on November 8, 1932; reelected in 1936 for the term ending January 3, 1941, and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 5, 1939; interment in San Juan Cemetery, San Juan, P.R.


Bibliography

”Santiago Iglesias” in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.