Juan Cancel Ríos

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The Honorable
Juan Cancel Ríos
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Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the Arecibo district
In office
7th President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
In office
Preceded by Rafael Hernández Colón
Succeeded by Luis A. Ferré
Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico
In office
Preceded by Luis Negrón López
Succeeded by Miguel Hernández Agosto
Personal details
Born Juan José Cancel Ríos
(1925-08-20)August 20, 1925
Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
Died August 26, 1992(1992-08-26) (aged 67)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party Popular Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Carmen Leticia Alegría Estela
Children Carmencita
María Magdalena
Juan Andrés
Profession Politician, Attorney
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1945-1947

Juan José Cancel Ríos (August 20, 1925 — August 26, 1992) was a Puerto Rican politician and senator. He served as the 7th President of the Senate of Puerto Rico from 1973 to 1976.


Juan Cancel Ríos was born on August 20, 1925 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. His parents were Juan Cancel Matos and Salustiana Ríos. Cancel Ríos studied his elementary at Rafael Balseiro Maceira Elementary School in Barceloneta, graduating in 1940. He then went to José Severo Quiñonez High School in Manatí, graduating in 1944. He then went to study at the University of Puerto Rico, but after his first year, enrolled with the United States Army to serve during World War II. In 1947, he was honorably discharged by the Army and he returned to the University, graduating in 1953 with two degrees: Social Science and Law. After passing the bar exam, he became an attorney.

Cancel showed interest in politics since his youth. From 1957 to 1960, he presided the Municipal Assembly of Barceloneta. In 1960, he was elected as a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives for the District of Manatí-Barceloneta. He served in that position from 1961 to 1964.

In 1964, Cancel was elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico for the District of Arecibo. He was reelected in 1968 and 1972. In 1973, his fellow senators chose him as President of the Senate. He did so until 1976.

Cancel was also a member of the Board of the Attorney's College, the Lions Club of Manatí, the American Legion, and other civic organizations. After retiring from politics, Cancel presided the Puerto Rico Baseball League.

Cancel Ríos was married to Carmen Leticia Alegría Estela, and they had three children together: Carmencita, María Magdalena and Juan Andrés. Cancel Ríos died on August 26, 1992 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Barceloneta Government Center is named after him.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rafael Hernández Colón
President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Luis A. Ferré
Preceded by
Luis Negrón López
President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Miguel Hernández Agosto


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