Jesús Piñero, Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico

April 16, 1897 is the birthday of Jesús Piñero, Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico at the US 79th Congress in the mid 1940’s.  Piñero attended the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  In 1940 Piñero was one of the founders of the Popular Democratic Party.  Piñero resigned as Resident Commissioner in September 1946 when US President Harry S. Truman appointed him the first Puerto Rican Governor of the Island, a position he held until December 1948. (Photo credit US Library of Congress)