Regis Henri Post

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Regis Post

Regis Henri Post (January 28, 1870 – October 5, 1944) was a New York politician and Governor of Puerto Rico from April 17, 1907 to November 6, 1909. He was born in Suffolk County, New York.

Life[edit]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Suffolk Co., 2nd D.) in 1899 and 1900.

He was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as Auditor of Puerto Rico in 1903, as Secretary of Puerto Rico in 1904, and as Governor in 1907. Post held the office of Governor from April 18, 1907 to November 5, 1909. His governorship was extremely controversial, as his frequent disagreements with the Puerto Rico Legislature led to the Legislature's failure to pass any budget in 1909, resulting in a political crisis on the island and passage of the Olmsted Amendment at the request of President William Howard Taft.

Following Post's time in Puerto Rico, he worked with the American Ambulance Corps in France from 1913 to 1914. He joined the American Red Cross in 1917.

He married Carolyn Beatrice Post, daughter of Colonel Henry A V Post on March 6, 1895. In 1916, Post was discovered by his wife having an affair and they separated. She filed for divorce in 1922.

Death[edit]

Regis Post died October 5, 1944 in Nantucket, Massachusetts at the age of 74. He left behind his ex-wife, Carolyn, a wife he married in 1933, Marguertie, and a son, Regis H. Post, Jr. He was preceded in death by a wife, Leila Ellis Post, who passed in 1931.[1]

Relations[edit]

Regis was part of the Post political family. His second great-grandfather was Jotham Post, a United States Representative from New York and an assemblyman. His nephew was New York State assemblyman Langdon Post, and his distant cousin was New York State assemblyman Erastus F. Post.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Political Graveyard: Post family of New York". Lawrence Kestenbaum. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  • SPOUSE SUES EX-GOVERNOR.; Says He Was Too Fond of Pretty Domestics; Forgiveness Oft Given for Twenty-seven Years; Gubernatorial Laundress is Mentioned in Suit. The Los Angeles Times . Los Angeles, Calif.: Feb 13, 1922. pg. II1, 1 pgs
Preceded by
Beekman Winthrop
Governor of Puerto Rico
1907—1909
Succeeded by
George Radcliffe Colton