Santiago IGLESIAS, Congress, PR (1872-1939)


IGLESIAS, Santiago, (formerly Santiago Iglesias Pantin), a Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; born in La Coruña, Spain, February 22, 1872; attended the common schools; apprenticed as a cabinet maker; moved to Cuba and was secretary of the Workingmen Trades Circle in Habana 1889-1896; moved to Puerto Rico and was the founder and editor of three labor papers: Porvenir Social 1898-1900, Union Obrera 1903-1906, Justicia 1914-1925; appointed general organizer of the American Federation of Labor for the districts of Puerto Rico and Cuba in 1901; member of the Puerto Rican senate 1917-1933; served as secretary of the Pan American Federation of Labor 1925-1933; elected as a Coalitionist a Resident Commissioner to the United States on November 8, 1932; reelected in 1936 for the term ending January 3, 1941, and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 5, 1939; interment in San Juan Cemetery, San Juan, P.R.


Iglesias Pantín, Santiago. Luchas Emancipadoras: Crónicas de Puerto Rico. V. 1. Prólogo por Bolivar Pagán. San Juan, P. R.: Imp. Venezuela, 1958; Cordova, Gonzalo F. Resident Commissioner, Santiago Iglesias and His Times. Rio Piedras, P. R.: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1993.

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