Manuel V. Domenech
|Manuel V. Domenech|
|Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Antonio Arias|
|Succeeded by||Luis P. Valdivieso|
March 23, 1869|
Isabela, Puerto Rico
|Died||1942 (aged 72–73)
San Juan, San Juan
|Alma mater||Lehigh University|
Manuel V. Domenech (March 23, 1869 – 1942) was a Puerto Rican politician and engineer.
Early years 
Political career 
Upon his return to Puerto Rico, he became active in politics and was a member of the first Puerto Rico House of Representatives created after the Spanish American War of 1898. Elected in 1900, he was reelected in 1902 and 1904.
During 1904, he served as Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico. In 1914, he was appointed to serve as Puerto Rico's Commissioner of the Interior, becoming one of the first Puerto Ricans to hold a presidentially-appointed Puerto Rico Cabinet position. He was subsequently appointed as Treasurer of Puerto Rico, a position he held from 1930 to 1935. On several occasions, he served as acting Governor of Puerto Rico.
Domenech attended the 1928 Republican National Convention as an alternate delegate. His great grand nephew, Francisco Domenech, is also active in contemporary politics, but in the Democratic Party, where he serves as a so-called "superdelegate". Another relative, Douglas Domenech, his grand nephew, served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Department of the Interior and a Bush appointee to the White House Task Force on Puerto Rico's Political Status and now serves as Secretary of Naturl Resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Domenech is also known to have acted as municipal architect for the city of Ponce. He was a civil engineer and, in 1914, also rehabilitated the house where King of Tenors Antonio Paoli was born and grew up.
Death and burial 
Domenech died in 1942 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Pennsylvania Alpha Graduates 1885-1900
- Buena Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904 By Guillermo A. Baralt. Page 5.
- US Dept of the Interior, National Park Service. NRHP Registration Form. Casa Paoli. 2009-08-11.
- Architecture. TravelPonce. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
See also 
|Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
Luis P. Valdivieso