Antonio Borja Won Pat

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Antonio Borja Won Pat
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Guam's At-Large district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1985
Preceded by office established
Succeeded by Ben Garrido Blaz
Speaker of the Guam Legislature
In office
January 1, 1951 – January 3, 1955
Succeeded by Francisco B. Leon Guerrero
In office
January 7, 1957 – January 4, 1965
Preceded by Francisco B. Leon Guerrero
Succeeded by Carlos P. Taitano
Personal details
Born (1908-12-10)December 10, 1908
Sumay (now Santa Rita), Guam
Died May 1, 1987(1987-05-01) (aged 78)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Political party Democratic Party of Guam
Spouse(s) Ana Salas Perez
Profession Politician, Teacher
Religion Roman Catholic

Antonio Borja Won Pat (December 10, 1908 – May 1, 1987) was the first Delegate from Guam to the United States House of Representatives from 1965 to 1985.

Political career[edit]

Won Pat was born in Sumay (present-day Santa Rita), Guam to his father Ignacio Won Pat from China, and his mother Maria Soriano Borja in Sumay. He worked as a teacher.[citation needed] His brother Francisco Borja Won Pat who is arrested during the Japanese occupation. He was first elected to the Advisory Guam Congress in 1936. In 1951 he became speaker of the Guam Assembly. In 1965 he was elected as a Democrat as Guam’s first representative to Washington, D.C.. He was re-elected in 1968 and served until 1970. In 1972, he was elected as Guam's first true, recognized delegate to Congress. He served six terms, until he was defeated for re-election in 1984 by Republican Ben Blaz.

Personal life[edit]

Won Pat was married to Ana Salas Perez in 1932 and they had eight children: Aveline, Marilyn, Jacqueline, Ellen, Anthony, Rosalind, Mark, and Judith Won Pat, who is the current Speaker of the Legislature of Guam.[1]

Retirement and death[edit]

After his 1984 defeat for re-election, Won Pat retired to Sinajana, Guam. He died in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 1, 1987 of a heart attack. He is interred in the Veterans Cemetery, Piti, Guam.

Honors[edit]

On January 1989 the Guam International Air Terminal was officially named as Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in his honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Limtiaco, Steve (2006). "Candidate Profile: Judith T. Won Pat". Pacific Daily News. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
None
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Guam

1973–1985
Succeeded by
Ben Garrido Blaz
Political offices
Preceded by
First
Speaker of the Guam Legislature
1951–1955
Succeeded by
Francisco B. Leon Guerrero
Preceded by
Francisco B. Leon Guerrero
Speaker of the Guam Legislature
1957–1965
Succeeded by
Carlos P. Taitano