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LARRÍNAGA, Tulio (1847-1917)

LARRÍNAGA, TULIO, a Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; born in Trujillo Alto, P.R., January 15, 1847; attended the Seminario Consiliar of San Ildefonso at San Juan, P.R.; studied civil engineering in the Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1871; practiced his profession for some time in the United States; returned to Puerto Rico in 1872 and was appointed architect for the city of San Juan; built the first railroad in Puerto Rico in 1880 and introduced American rolling stock on the island; was for ten years chief engineer of the provincial works; in 1898 was appointed assistant secretary of the interior under the autonomic government and in 1900 was sent by his party as a delegate to Washington; member of the house of delegates for the district of Arecibo in 1902; elected as a Unionist Resident Commissioner to the United States in 1904; reelected in 1906 and 1908 and served from March 4, 1905, until March 3, 1911; delegate from the United States to the Third Pan American Congress at Rio de Janeiro in 1906; member of the executive council of Puerto Rico in 1911; resumed the practice of his profession as a civil engineer in San Juan, P.R., and died there on April 28, 1917; interment in the Municipal Cemetery at Santurce.

Haverford College
Haverford College Library Special Collection
Haverford, PA
Papers: In the Smiley family papers, 1885-1983, 55 linear feet (ca. 22,600 items).
Subjects include Tulio Larringa.

  • U. S. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means. Brief of Honorable Tulio Larrinaga, Resident Commissioner from Porto Rico to the United States of America before the Committee on Ways and Means. Washington, D.C.: N.p., 1908.
  • Larrinaga, Tulio. Civil Government for Puerto Rico. Washington: N.p., 1910.
  • "Tulio Larrínaga" 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.