First Lady of Puerto Rico

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First Lady of
Puerto Rico
Incumbent
Beatriz Rosselló

since January 2, 2017
Style First Lady of Puerto Rico
(diplomatic)
The First Lady
(third person)
Residence La Fortaleza
Inaugural holder Inés Mendoza
Formation 2 January 1949
Website Official website

First Lady of Puerto Rico is the title given by the government of Puerto Rico to the spouse of the Governor of Puerto Rico or the daughters of the Governor should the Governor be a lady, single, divorced, or a widow. The First Lady leads the Office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico and is expected to represent the women of Puerto Rico in elegance and demeanor. The current First Lady is Beatriz Areizaga, wife of Ricardo Rosselló.

Role[edit]

The position of First Lady carries no official duty and receives no compensation for their service. They generally oversee the administration of La Fortaleza, the mansion that serves as the Governor's residence and office. They also organize events and civic programs, and typically get involved in different charities and social causes.

Portraits[edit]

The official portraits of each First Lady, beginning with Jesús T. Piñero's wife, are exhibited in La Fortaleza since Rafael Hernández Colón's administration. They are located in the staircase that leads to the third floor private gubernatorial residence. Current First Lady Lucé Vela had the portraits loaned to the Puerto Rico Department of State, to be seen by the public during two weeks in May 2009. The opening reception of the exhibit, presided by Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock, was attended by three governors (Luis Fortuño, Rafael Hernández Colón, and Carlos Romero Barceló), and four first ladies (Jeannette Ramos, Kate Donnelly, María Elena González, and Lucé Vela).

List of First Ladies[edit]

First Lady Date of birth Date of marriage Governor
(Husband)
Date tenure began Date tenure ended Length of
retirement
Date of death (age)
Melza Riggs Wood 1870[1] October 7, 1903 Beekman Winthrop 1904 1907 21 years, 0 days (1928-01-01)January 1, 1928 (147 years, 265 days)
Aurelia Bou Ledesma 1931[2] Jesús T. Piñero January 2, 1946 January 1, 1949
1 Inés Mendoza (1908-01-10)January 10, 1908 November 16, 1946 Luis Muñoz Marín January 2, 1949 January 1, 1965 25 years, 224 days (1990-08-13)August 13, 1990 (82 years, 215 days)
2 Conchita Dapena 1913 July 10, 1936[3] Roberto Sánchez Vilella January 2, 1965 January 1, 1966 37 years, 55 days (2003-02-25)February 25, 2003[4]
3 Jeannette Ramos 1967 1967 January 1, 1969 48 years, 265 days Living
4 Lorenza Ramírez de Arellano 1906 May 30, 1931 Luis A. Ferré
& (father)
January 2, 1969 1970 1970
5 Rosario Ferré (1938-09-28)September 28, 1938 N/A 1970 January 1, 1972 45 years, 265 days Living (78 years, 360 days)
6 Lila Mayoral Wirshing (1942-05-12)May 12, 1942 October 24, 1959 Rafael Hernández Colón January 2, 1972 January 1, 1977 N/A (2003-07-01)July 1, 2003 (61 years, 50 days)
7 Kate Donnelly Carlos Romero Barceló January 2, 1977 January 1, 1985 32 years, 265 days Living
8 Lila Mayoral Wirshing (1942-05-12)May 12, 1942 October 24, 1959 Rafael Hernández Colón January 2, 1985 January 1, 1993 10 years, 181 days (2003-07-01)July 1, 2003 (61 years, 50 days)
9 Irma Margarita Neváres August 9, 1969 Pedro Rosselló January 2, 1993 January 1, 2001 16 years, 265 days Living
10 Sila María González Calderón
and
María Elena González Calderón
N/A Sila Calderón
(mother)
January 2, 2001 January 1, 2005 12 years, 265 days Living
11 Luisa Gándara Aníbal Acevedo Vilá January 2, 2005 January 1, 2009 8 years, 265 days Living
12
Prince Felipe and Fortuño.jpg
Lucé Vela 1961 (age 55–56) August 3, 1984[5] Luis Fortuño January 2, 2009 January 1, 2013 4 years, 265 days Living
13 Wilma Pastrana.jpg Wilma Pastrana 1970 (age 46–47) April 7, 2001[6] Alejandro García Padilla January 3, 2013 January 2, 2017 265 days Living
14 Beatriz Areizaga (1985-01-04)January 4, 1985 April 7, 2001[7] Ricardo Rosselló January 3, 2017 Incumbent Incumbent Living

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibit/melza-riggs-wood-1870-1928
  2. ^ Biografia Jesús T. Piñero on SUAGM
  3. ^ Conchita Dapena on FindaGrave
  4. ^ Fallece otra ex primera dama on Primera Hora (February 26, 2003)
  5. ^ "Fortuño y Lucé celebrarán aniversario "bajo la luz de la luna"" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. August 3, 2012. Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "De aniversario García Padilla" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Día. April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "De aniversario García Padilla" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Día. April 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)