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BENÍTEZ, Jaime

(1908—2001)


BENÍTEZ, Jaime, a Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; born in Vieques, P.R., October 29, 1908; B.L., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1930; M.L., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1931; M.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 1938; author; instructor, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, P.R., 1931-1942; chancellor, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, P.R., 1942-1966; president, University System of Puerto Rico, San Juan, P.R., 1966-1971; member, Constitutional Convention of Puerto Rico, and chairman, Committee on Bill of Rights, 1951-1952; member, United States National Commission for UNESCO, 1948-1954; United States delegate, University Convention, Utrecht, Holland, 1948; National Convention of UNESCO, Paris, France, 1950, and Havana, Cuba, 1952; president, National Association of State Universities, 1957-1958; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1976; elected as a Popular Democrat to the United States House of Representatives for a four-year term (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1977); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1976; professor, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, P.R., 1980-1986; died on May 30, 2001, in San Juan, P.R.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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