José Dapena Laguna

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Dapena and the second or maternal family name is Laguna.
José Dapena Laguna
Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
In office
Preceded by Andrés Grillasca Salas
Succeeded by Carlos Juan Cintrón
Personal details
Born 28 July 1912
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died 20 September 1991
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Nationality Puerto Rican
Political party Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico (PDP)
Spouse(s) Georgia Thompson
Children Jose, Maria Rosa, Georgia, Baby
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico
Profession Politician

José Dapena Laguna, (28 July 1912 - 20 September 1991) was a Puerto Rican politician and Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1956.

Early years[edit]

José Dapena Laguna was born in Ponce on July 28, 1912. His parents were Ramon Dapena Pacheco and Maria Laguna y Cedo.[1] He was the father of José Dapena Thompson, mayor of Ponce from 1984 to 1988.

Political life[edit]

In 1941 he worked as a political aide in the Ponce City Hall, and was also interim municipal secretary. In 1956, he was appointed mayor of Ponce. Later that year (1956) he resigned as mayor to become a member of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico, a post for which he had been elected. In 1960 he was elected to the Puerto Rico Senate, a post he occupied until 1968.[2]


He earned a degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.[3]

Family life[edit]

His wife was Georgia Thompson. His children were Jose (the mayor), Maria Rosa (who became the executive assistant of the first lady of Puerto Rico, Lila Mayoral de Hernandez Colon), Georgia, and Baby.[4]

Last years and legacy[edit]

Dapena Laguna lead a relatively quiet life the last few years of his life. He died in Ponce on September 20, 1991, of a heart condition.[5] The government of Ponce honored him naming the main Ponce firehouse after him.[6]


See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Andrés Grillasca Salas
Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Carlos Juan Cintrón