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.[a] Ponce elected its first mayor (as well as its first Municipal Assembly) on September 20, 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 between 1812 and 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] and Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.[5]

# Name In Office Political Party
1 Don Pedro Sánchez de Mathos 1692 Teniente a Guerra[6]
2 Don Dámaso de Toro 1701 Teniente a Guerra[7]
3 Don Aurelio Juan Ramírez de Arellano 1706 Teniente a Guerra[8]
4 Don Joseph de Toro 1710 Teniente a Guerra[9]
5 Francisco Ortíz de la Renta 1766 Teniente a Guerra[10]

19th century[edit]

Source: Government of the Municipality of Ponce[11] and Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.[12]

# Name In Office Political Party
6 Don José Benítez 1800 Teniente a Guerra[13]
7 José Ortíz de la Renta 1812 – 1814  
8 José de Toro 1814  
9 José Ortíz de la Renta 1815  
10 Alejandro Ordóñez 1816 – 1819  
11 Juan Dávila 1819  
12 Francisco Vasallo 1820  
13 Joaquín Martínez 1820  
14 José de Toro 1820  
15 José Ortíz de la Renta 1820 – 1822  
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 – 1826  
22 Tomás Pérez Guerra 1826  
23 Julián Villodas 1827 – 1835  
24 Tomás 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 January 1, 1840 – January 1, 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 – November 24, 1845  
38 Antonio Corro November 25, 1845 – November 30(?) 1845  
39 José Zaldo December 1(?) 1845 – December 31, 1845  
40 Antonio Corro January 1, 1846 – March 31, 1846  
41 José Ortíz de la Renta April 1, 1846 – June 30, 1846  
42 José de Jesús Fernández July 1, 1846 – December 31, 1846  
43 David Laporte January 1, 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 January 1, 1850 – March 31, 1850  
51 Coronel Antonio Fortún[14] April 1, 1850 – January 8, 1851  
52 Manuel Cedeño de Poveda January 9, 1851 – April 23, 1851  
53 Guillermo Neumann April 23, 1851 – September 30, 1851  
54 Coronel Vicente Julbe January 1, 1852 – February 14, 1854  
55 Julio Duboc February 14, 1854 – July 24, 1854  
56 Escolástico Fuentes February 14, 1854 – July 24, 1854  
57 Pablo Manfredi February 14, 1854 – July 24, 1854  
58 José Benito Paz Falcón February 14, 1854 – July 24, 1854  
59 Antonio E. Molina February 14, 1854 – July 24, 1854  
60 Coronel Félix O'Neill July 24, 1854 – August 31, 1856  
61 Pedro Juan Capó September 1, 1856 – December 31, 1856  
62 Hilarión Pérez Guerra January 1, 1857 – July 11, 1863  
63 Coronel Luis de Quixano y Font July 11, 1863 – June 23, 1865  
64 Francisco Olazarra June 24, 1865 –  
65 Francisco Carreras 1866  
66 Francisco Romero 1866  
67 Carlos Cabrera 1866  
68 Coronel Enrique O'Neil 1866 – 1867  
69 Demetrio Santaella 1867 – 1868  
70 Coronel Elicio Berriz 1869 – 1870  
71 Vicente Pérez Valdivieso 1870  
72 Miguel Arribas 1871  
73 Coronel Elicio Berriz 1872 - 1872  
74 Francisco Arce y Romero 1872  
75 Alejandro Albizu 1872  
76 Juan Cortada y Quintana 1872 – 1874  
77 Pedro Rosaly 1874  
78 Rafael León y García 1874  
79 Coronel Serafín Donderis 1875  
80 Juan José Cartagena April 1, 1876 – July 4, 1879  
81 Coronel Lucas Jiménez 1879 – 1880  
82 Coronel José Mileris 1880 – 1881  
83 Juan José Cartagena February 1, 1881 – October 1, 1881  
84 Andrés Caparrós y García October 1, 1881 – September 28, 1882  
85 Maximo de Meana y Guridi[15] September 28, 1882 – May 31, 1884  
86 Rafael de Zárate y Sequera May 31, 1884 – 1886  
87 Ramón Elices Montes July 10, 1886 – 1887  
88 Ermelindo Salazar[16] 1886  
89 Fernando Díaz de Ulzurrum y Somellera 1887 – 1888  
90 Juan de Ponte 1888  
91 Vicente de Solivares y Miera 1888 – 1889  
92 Miguel Rosich y Mass May 8, 1889 – March 31, 1890  
93 Carlos Eusebio de Ayo 1890 – 1893  
94 José de Nonvilas de Vilar 1893 – 1894  
95 Eduardo Armstrong 1894 – May 3, 1895  
96 Félix Saurí y Vivas May 11, 1895 – July 11, 1895  
97 Juan José Potous July 12, 1885 – May 10, 1896  
98 Comandante Luis Alvarado 1896 – 1897  
99 Miguel Rosich y Mass 1897  
100 Luis Gautier 1897 – June 20, 1898  
101 Ulpiano Colóm June 20, 1898 - 1898  
102 José Lloréns Echevarría 1898 - November 11, 1898  
103 Luis Porrata Doria November 11, 1898 – September 12, 1899  
104 Major Albert L. Myer September 12, 1899 - 1899  

20th century[edit]

# Name In Office Political Party
105 Pedro Juan Rosaly December 23, 1900 – February 28, 1901
106 José de Guzmán Benítez February 28, 1901 – 1902
107 Enrique Chevalier[17] 1902 Union[18]
108 Antonio Arias 1903
109 Manuel V. Domenech 1904
110 Luis P. Valdivieso 1905 Republican[19]
111 Santiago Oppenheimer 1906
112 Simón Moret Gallart 1907 – January 2, 1915 Union[20]
113 Rafael Rivera Esbrí January 2, 1915 – January 2, 1917 Union[21]
114 Luis Yordán Dávila January 2, 1917 – 1918 Union[22]
115 Rodulfo del Valle 1918 – January 2, 1921 Union[23]
116 Francisco Parra Capó January 2, 1921 – January 2, 1923 Popular ("El Ligao")[24]
117 Abelardo Aguilú, Jr. January 2, 1924 – 1925 Popular ("El Ligao")[25]
118 Guillermo Vivas Valdivieso 1925 – January 2, 1928 Alianza[26]
119 Emilio Fagot January 2, 1929 – January 2, 1933
120 Blas Oliveras January 2, 1933 – January 2, 1937
121 José Tormos Diego January 2, 1937 – January 2, 1941
122 Andrés Grillasca Salas[27] January 2, 1941 – 1956 PPD[28][29]
123 José Dapena Laguna[30] 1956 – January 2, 1957 PPD[31]
124 Carlos Juan Cintrón January 2, 1957 – January 2, 1961 PPD[32]
125 Juan Luis Boscio January 2, 1961 – January 2, 1965 PPD[33]
126 Eduardo Ruberté Bisó January 2, 1965 – January 2, 1969 PPD[34]
127 Juan H. Cintrón García January 2, 1969 – January 2, 1973[35] PNP[36]
128 Luis A. Morales January 2, 1973 – January 2, 1977 PPD[37]
129 José G. Tormos Vega[38] January 2, 1977 – February 22, 1984 PNP[39]
130 José Dapena Thompson[40] February 22, 1984 – 1987 PNP[41]
131 Iván Ayala Cádiz 1987 – January 2, 1989 PNP[42]
132 Rafael Cordero Santiago January 2, 1989 – January 2, 2000 PPD[43]

21st century[edit]

# Name Office Political Party
132 Rafael Cordero Santiago January 2, 2000 – January 17, 2004 PPD[44]
133 Delis Castillo Rivera de Santiago January 17, 2004 – January 2, 2005 PPD[45]
134 Francisco Zayas Seijo January 2, 2005 – January 2, 2009 PPD[46]
135 Maria "Mayita" Meléndez Altieri January 2, 2009 – present PNP[47]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ In 2017, Eli D. Oquendo Rodriguez published the finding of his research about Ponce mayors in the period between 1600 to 1799. He states that Pedro Sanchez de Mathos was, in fact, not the first mayor of Ponce and that he may have been mayor much earlier than the 1692 date usually attributed him. Oquendo Rodriguez states that Ponce had at least three other mayors during this period: Don Pedro Martin Rodriguez Valverde (1683-1692), Don Pedro Rodriguez Guzman (1692-1748), and Don Pedro Rodriguez Pacheco (1748-1752). In addition, Don Phelipe de Santiago Pagan (1680, and 1687-1688) and Don Alberto de Rivera y Quiñones [Capitan a Guerra] (1690-1691) were mayors on an interim basis. See Eli D. Oquendo Rodriguez. De Criadero a Partido: Ojeada de la Historia de los Origenes de Ponce, 1645-1810. First Edition. Lajas, Puerto Rico: Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones del Sur Oeste (CEISO). Editorial Akelarre. 2015. ISBN 1516895487. Pages 102-105.

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. Archived May 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Ponce se prepara para celebrar su día mundial. Darisabel Texidor Guadalupe. Primera Hora. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  4. ^ Municipio de Ponce: Alcaldes en su Historia. Puerto Rico Encyclopedia. Fundacion Puertorriquena para las Humanidades. 2018. Accessed May 2, 2018. Archived November 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  6. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  7. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  8. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  9. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  10. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  11. ^ Municipios – Ponce Archived February 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  12. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  13. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes.Brevario sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. p. 166.
  14. ^ Socorro Girón. Ponce, el Teatro La Perla y La Campana de la Almudaina. Gobierno Municipal de Ponce. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 1992. page 52.
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  16. ^ Cultural Center Carmen Solá de Pereira. TravelPonce website. Accessed May 18, 2018
  17. ^ 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
  18. ^ Eli D. Oquendo-Rodriguez. Pablo L. Crespo-Vargas, editor. A Orillas del Mar Caribe: Boceto historico de la Playa de Ponce - Desde sus primeros habitantes hasta principios del siglo XX. First edition. June 2017. Editorial Akelarre. Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones del Sur Oeste de Puerto Rico (CEISCO). Lajas, Puerto Rico. Page 226. ISBN 978-1547284931
  19. ^ Eli D. Oquendo-Rodriguez. Pablo L. Crespo-Vargas, editor. A Orillas del Mar Caribe: Boceto historico de la Playa de Ponce - Desde sus primeros habitantes hasta principios del siglo XX. First edition. June 2017. Editorial Akelarre. Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones del Sur Oeste de Puerto Rico (CEISCO). Lajas, Puerto Rico. Page 226. ISBN 978-1547284931
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ 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.
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  30. ^ 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.
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  38. ^ José G. Tormos Vega was mayor until February 22, 1984, when he resigned. See Alcaldia de Ponce Cuidad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E. Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
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  40. ^ 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.)
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