First democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico

February 18, 1898 is the birthday of the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico, José Luis Alberto Muñoz Marín.  Marin was a poet, journalist, and politician, and is regarded as the “father of modern Puerto Rico”.  For his long career in public service, Marin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

18 de febrero 1898 es el cumpleaños del primer gobernador democráticamente electo de Puerto Rico, José Luis Alberto Muñoz Marín. Marin fue un poeta, periodista y político, y es considerado como el “padre de la moderna Puerto Rico”. Por su larga carrera en el servicio público, Marin fue galardonado con la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad en 1962 por el presidente John F. Kennedy.

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