Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
IGLESIAS, Santiago (1872-1939)

IGLESIAS, SANTIAGO, (formerly Santiago Iglesias Pantin; father-in-law of Bolívar Pagán), 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.

Cornell University
Martin P. Catherwood Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In the papers of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Benjamin Schlesinger, President; 1914-1923, 2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Santiago Iglesias.


University of Virginia
University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Santiago Iglesias Pantin papers, 1915-1937, 1 reel microfilm.
Papers are mostly in Spanish.

  • Carreras, Juan. Santiago Iglesias Pantín; su Vida, su Obra, su pensamiento; datos biograficos. Epoca: 1896 a 1940. San Juan, P. R.: Editorial Club de la Prensa, 1965.
  • Cordova, Gonzalo F. Santiago Iglesias Pantín, creador del movimiento obrero de Puerto Rico. Rio Piedras, P. R.: Editorial Universitaria, 1980.
  • ___. "Resident Commissioner Santiago Iglesias and His Times." Ph. D. diss., Georgetown University, 1982.
  • ___. Santiago Iglesias y las elecciones de 1932. San Juan, P. R: Oficina del Gobernador de Puerto Rico, La Fortaleza, Oficina de Asuntos Culturales, 1984.
  • ___. Resident Commissioner, Santiago Iglesias and His Times. Rio Piedras, P. R.: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1993.
  • Iglesias de Pagán, Igualdad. El oberismo en Puerto Rico; época de Santiago Iglesias, 1896-1905. Gúia cronológica del movimiento obrero organizado y del partido socialista y obrero de Puerto Rico. Palencia de Castilla [i.e. San Juan, P. R.]: Ediciones Juan Ponce de León, 1973.
  • Iglesias Pantín, Santiago. Luchas emancipadoras: crónicas de Puerto Rico. V. 1. Prólogo por Bolívar Pagán. San Juan. P.R.: Imp. Venezuela, 1958.
  • "Santiago Iglesias" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.
  • Senior, Clarence Ollson. Santiago Iglesias, Labor Crusader. Foreword by Herman Badillo. Hato Rey, P. R.: Inter American University Press, 1972.
  • United States. 76th Cong., 3rd Sess., 1940. House. Memorial Services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in the eulogy of Santiago Iglesias, late a resident commissioner from Puerto Rico. Seventy-sixth Congress, Third Session. Washington: GPO, 1941.
  • Whittaker, William George. "The Santiago Iglesias Case, 1901-0902: Origins of American Trade Union Involvement in Puerto Rico," The Americas, Vol. 24, No. 4 (April 1968), pp. 378-393.