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PAGÁN, Bolívar

(1897—1961)


PAGÁN, Bolívar, a Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; born in Guayanilla, P.R., May 16, 1897; attended the public schools of Adjuntas, P.R., and Ponce (P.R.) High School; was graduated from the law department of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Píedras in 1921; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in San Juan, P.R.; judge of Fajardo, P.R., in 1922; member of the insular board of elections 1923-1951; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Puerto Rican house of representatives in 1924; city treasurer of San Juan, P.R., 1925-1929; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Puerto Rican Senate in 1928; associate commissioner of the Public Service Commission of Puerto Rico 1930-1933; member of the Puerto Rican senate 1933-1939 and served as president pro tempore and majority floor leader; city manager of San Juan, P.R., in 1936 and 1937; member of the American Group of the Interparliamentary Union; also engaged as writer and editor; appointed by Governor Leahy as a Coalitionist a Resident Commissioner to the United States on December 26, 1939, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Santiago Iglesias for the term ending January 3, 1941; elected in 1940 for the term ending January 3, 1945; was not a candidate for renomination in 1944; again elected a member of the senate of Puerto Rico for terms 1945-1949 and 1949-1953; practiced law in San Juan, P.R., until his death there February 9, 1961; interment in Puerto Rico Memorial Cemetery, Carolina, P.R.

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

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