Ramona Acosta Bañuelos US Treasurer 1971

As she raised her hand to take the oath of office on December 17, 1971, Romana Acosta Bañuelos was sworn in as the US Treasurer.  Bañuelos was the first Latina in this position, and was then the highest-ranking Mexican American in the US government.  She served through 1974, and her signature appeared on each US one dollar bill.  As her daughter stated, “My mother’s legacy is that she ran the place as a business, not just as another wing of the government.” Bañuelos’ life was an American dream; prior to government appointment she founded a multi-million dollar business, Ramona’s Mexican Food Products.

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