List of mayors of Ponce, Puerto Rico

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This is a list of mayors of Ponce, Puerto Rico's southern economic center, the island's second largest[1] and second most important city.[2]

Ponce's first mayor was Don Pedro Sánchez de Mathos, in 1692. Ponce elected its first mayor (as well as its first Municipal Assembly) on 20 September 1812.[3] Its first elected mayor was José Ortiz de la Renta, who took office in 1812. Ortiz de la Renta occupied the post of mayor on eight different occasions from 1812 to 1846.

The current mayor of Ponce is María "Mayita" Meléndez Altieri, from the New Progressive Party, elected in 2008. She became the first woman elected to the office of mayor by the people of Ponce in its extensive political history. She is also the first mayor of a party other than the Popular Democratic Party in Ponce since 1989, when Rafael "Churumba" Cordero Santiago won the elections and took the oath of office that same year.

18th century[edit]

Source: Puerto Rico Encyclopedia[4]

# Name In Office Political Party
1 Don Pedro Sánchez de Mathos 1692  
2 Don Dámaso de Toro 1701  
3 Don Aurelio Juan Ramírez de Arellano 1706  
4 Don Joseph de Toro 1710  
5 Don Francisco Ortíz de la Renta 1766  

19th century[edit]

Source: Government of the Municipality of Ponce[5]

# Name In Office Political Party
6 Don José Benítez 1800  
7 José Ortíz de la Renta 1812  
8 José de Toro 1814  
9 José Ortíz de la Renta 1815  
10 Alejandro Ordóñez 1816  
11 Juan Dávila 1819  
12 Francisco Vasallo 1820  
13 Joaquín Martínez 1820  
14 José de Toro 1820  
15 José Ortíz de la Renta 1820  
16 José Casimiro Ortíz de la Renta 1821  
17 Joaquín Tellechea 1821  
18 José Casimiro Ortíz de la Renta 1821  
19 José Molina 1822  
20 José Mercado 1822  
21 José Ortíz de la Renta 1823  
22 Tomás Pérez Guerra 1826  
23 Julián Villodas 1827  
24 Tomas de Renovales 1831  
25 Francisco Vasallo 1832  
26 Antonio Toro 1833  
27 Antonio Albizu 1836  
28 Juan de Dios Conde 1836  
29 José Ortíz de la Renta 1837  
30 Patricio Colón 1838  
31 Juan de Dios Conde 1839  
32 Salvador de Vives 1840–1842  
33 José Ortíz de la Renta 1842  
34 Juan Rondón 1843  
35 José Ortíz de la Renta 1843  
36 Bonifacio Martinez de Banos 1844  
37 Salvador de Vives 1844–1845  
38 Antonio Corro 1845  
39 José Zaldo 1845  
40 Antonio Corro 1846  
41 José Ortíz de la Renta 1846  
42 José de Jesús Fernández 1846  
43 David Laporte 1847  
44 Francisco Romero 1847  
45 Juan Lacot 1848  
46 José María Quesada 1848  
47 Juan Prats 1849  
48 Esteban Vidal 1849  
49 Juan Prats 1849  
50 Flavius Dede 1850–1851  
51 Manuel Cedeño de Poveda 1851  
52 Guillermo Neumann 1851  
53 Coronel Vicente Julbe 1851–1854  
54 Julio Duboc 1854  
55 Escolástico Fuentes 1854  
56 Pablo Manfredi 1854  
57 José Benito Paz Falcón 1854  
58 Antonio E. Molina 1854  
59 Coronel Félix O'Neil 1854–1856  
60 Pedro Juan Capó 1856  
61 Hilarión Pérez Guerra 1857–1863  
62 Coronel Luis de Quixano y Font de la Vall 1863–1865  
63 Francisco Olazarra 1865  
64 Francisco Carreras 1866  
65 Francisco Romero 1866  
66 Carlos Cabrera 1866  
67 Coronel Enrique O'Neil 1866–1867  
68 Demetrio Santaella 1867–1868  
69 Coronel Elicio Berriz 1869–1870  
70 Vicente Pérez Valdivieso 1871  
71 Miguel Arribas 1871  
72 Coronel Elicio Berriz 1872  
73 Francisco Arce y Romero 1872  
74 Alejandro Albizu 1872  
75 Juan Cortada y Quintana 1873–1874  
76 Rafael León y García 1874–1875  
77 Coronel Serafín Donderis 1875–1876  
78 Pedro Rosaly* 1874  
79 Juan José Cartagena 1876–1879  
80 Coronel Lucas Jiménez 1879–1880  
81 Coronel José Mileris 1880–1881  
82 Juan José Cartagena 1881  
83 Andrés Caparrós y García 1881–1882  
84 Maximo de Meana y Guridi[6] 1882–1884  
85 Rafael de Zárate y Sequera 1884–1886  
86 Ramón Elices Montes 1886–1887  
87 Ermelindo Salazar[7] 1887  
88 Fernando Díaz de Ulzurrum y Somellera 1887–1888  
89 Juan de Ponte 1888  
90 Vicente de Solivares y Miera 1888–1889  
91 Miguel Rosich y Mass 1889–1890  
92 Carlos Eusebio de Ayo 1890–1892  
93 José de Nonvilas de Vilar 1893–1894  
94 Eduardo Armstrong 1894–1895  
95 Félix Saurí y Vivas 1895  
96 Juan José Potous 1895–1896  
97 Comandante Luis Alvarado 1896–1897  
98 Miguel Rosich y Mass 1897  
99 Luis Gautier (until June 20) 1897–1898  
100 Ulpiano Colóm 1898  
101 José Lloréns Echevarría 1898  
102 Luis Porrata Doria 1898  
103 Major Albert L. Meyer 1899  

20th century[edit]

# Name In Office Political Party
104 Pedro Juan Rosaly 1900
105 José de Guzmán Benítez 1901
106 Enrique Chevalier[8] 1902
107 Antonio Arias 1903
108 Manuel V. Domenech 1904
109 Luis P. Valdivieso 1905
110 Santiago Oppenheimer 1906
111 Simón Moret Gallart 1907–1914 Union[9]
112 Rafael Rivera Esbrí 1915–1917 Union[10]
113 Luis Yordán Dávila 1917–1918 Union[11]
114 Rodulfo del Valle 1918–1920 Union[12]
115 Francisco Parra Capó 1921–1923 Popular ("El Ligao")[13]
116 Abelardo Aguilú, Jr. 1924–1925 Popular ("El Ligao")[14]
117 Guillermo Vivas Valdivieso 1925–1928 Alianza[15]
118 Emilio Fagot 1929–1933
119 Blas Oliveras 1933–1937
120 José Tormos Diego 1937–1941
121 Andrés Grillasca Salas[16] 1941–1956 PPD[17][18]
122 José Dapena Laguna[19] 1956-1957 PPD[20]
123 Carlos Juan Cintrón 1957–1961 PPD[21]
124 Juan Luis Boscio 1961–1964 PPD
125 Eduardo Ruberté Bisó 1965–1968 PPD
126 Juan H. Cintrón García 1969–1972 PNP
127 Luis A. Morales 1973–1976 PPD
128 José G. Tormos Vega[22] 1977 – 1984 PNP
129 José Dapena Thompson[23] 1984 – 1987 PNP
130 Iván Ayala Cádiz 1987–1988 PNP[24]
131 Rafael Cordero Santiago 1989–2000 PPD

21st century[edit]

# Name Office Political Party
132 Rafael Cordero Santiago 2000-2004 PPD
133 Delis Castillo Rivera de Santiago 2004-2005 PPD
134 Francisco Zayas Seijo 2005-2009 PPD
135 Maria "Mayita" Meléndez Altieri 2009-present PNP

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Long Range Multimodal Transportation Plan: 2032 Puerto Rico Five Transportation Planning Regions. Long Range Transportation Plan. Strategic Planning Office. Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority. Department of Transportation and Public Works. May 2012. p.7.
  2. ^ Port of the Americas. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Port of the Americas Authority. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Ponce se prepara para celebrar su día mundial. Darisabel Texidor Guadalupe. Primera Hora. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  4. ^ Puerto Rico Encyclopedia. Fundacion Puertorriquena para las Humanidades Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Municipios – Ponce Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  6. ^ Adventure Guide to Puerto Rico By Kurt Pitzer, Tara Stevens, ebrary, Inc. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Cultural Center Carmen Solá de Pereira. TravelPonce website.
  8. ^ James H. McLeary (1901), "List of Municipal Officers and Employees: Ponce", Register of Porto Rico, San Juan: Press of the San Juan News, pp. 280–298 
  9. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. La Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000): "Al servicio de mi tierra". Page 82. Fundación El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2002. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  10. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. La Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000): "Al servicio de mi tierra". Page 81. Fundación El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2002. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  11. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. La Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000): "Al servicio de mi tierra". Page 82. Fundación El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2002. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  12. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. La Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000): "Al servicio de mi tierra". Page 82. Fundación El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2002. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  13. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. La Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000): "Al servicio de mi tierra". Page 82. Fundación El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2002. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  14. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. La Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000): "Al servicio de mi tierra". Page 82. Fundación El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2002. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  15. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. La Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000): "Al servicio de mi tierra". Page 83. Fundación El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2002. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  16. ^ Andrés Grillasca Salas was mayor until May 9, 1956. See Alcaldia de Ponce Cuidad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E.Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  17. ^ El Mundo (newspaper) 19 de Agosto de 1948
  18. ^ Travel-Ponce.
  19. ^ José Dapena Laguna started his mayoral term on November 9, 1956. See Alcaldia de Ponce Cuidad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E.Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  20. ^ Muere el Ex-alcalde Dapena. El Nuevo Dia. September 21, 1991. (In Spanish.) Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  21. ^ Travel-Ponce.
  22. ^ José G. Tormos Vega was mayor until February 22, 1984, when he renounced. See Alcaldia de Ponce Cuidad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E.Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  23. ^ José Dapena Thompson was mayor from February 22, 1984, when he assumed the mayoral role upon the resignation of mayor Jose G. Tormos Vega. He was subsequently elected mayor, a post he held from January 2, 1985, until October 1988 (See Alcaldia de Ponce Cuidad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E.Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved October 21, 2011.)
  24. ^ Travel-Ponce.

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