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The following list are the people who became the Governor of Puerto Rico.

List of Governors of Puerto Rico

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Coat of Arms of Spain (1874-1931) Pillars of Hercules Variant.svg Coat of arms of Puerto Rico (Variant).svg

Governors under Spanish Crown

Portrait Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Ref(s)
1 Appletons' Ponce de Leon Juan.jpg Captain General Don

Juan Ponce de León (1st time)
1474 – July 1521
(aged c. 47)

1508 1509
2 Juan Cerón 1509 1510
3 Appletons' Ponce de Leon Juan.jpg Captain General Don

Juan Ponce de León (2nd time)

1510 1511
4 Juan Cerón 1511 1512
5 Rodrigo Moscoso 1512 1513
6 Captain General

Cristóbal de Mendoza

1513 1515
7 Appletons' Ponce de Leon Juan.jpg Captain General Don

Juan Ponce de León (3rd time)

1515 1519
8 Sánchez Velázquez 1514 1519
9 Antonio de la Gama 1519 1521
10 Pedro Moreno 1521 1523
11 Bishop

Alonso Manso

1523 1524
12 Pedro Moreno 1524 1528
13 Antonio de la Gama 1528 1530
14 Lieutenant General

Francisco Manuel de Landó

1530 1536
15 Vasco de Tiedra 1536 1537
16 Vasco de Tiedra 1537 1544
17 Jerónimo Lebrón de Quiñones 1544 1544
18 Lcdo.

Iñigo López Cervantes y Loayza

1544 1546
19 Lcdo.

Diego de Caraza

1546 1548
20 Diego de Caraza 1548 1550
21 Luis de Vallejo 1550 1555
22 Lcdo.

Alonso Esteves

1555 1555
23 Lcdo.

Diego de Caraza

1555 1561
24 Antonio de la Llama Vallejo 1561 1564
25

Francisco Bahamonde De Lugo

1564 1568
26 Francisco de Solís Osorio 1568 1574
27 Francisco de Obando y Mexia 1575 1579
28 Juan Ponce de Leon II.JPG Juan Ponce de León II 1579 1579
29 Jerónimo de Agüero Campuzano 1580 1580
30 Captain General

Juan de Céspedes

1580 1581
31 Captain General

Juan López Melgarejo

1581 1582
32 Captain General

Diego Menéndez de Valdés

1582 1593
33 Colonel

Pedro Suárez de Coronel (1st time)

1593 1597
34 Captain General

Antonio de Mosquera

1597 1598
35 Colonel

Pedro Suárez de Coronel (2nd time)

1597-8 1599
36 Captain General

Alonso de Mercado

1599 1602
37 Captain General

Sancho Ochoa de Castro

1602 1608
38 Gabriel de Rojas Párano 1608 1614
39 Captain General Felipe de Beaumont y Navarra 1614 1620
40 Juan de Vargas 1620 1625
41 Captain General Juan de Haro y Sanvítores 1625 1630
42 Captain General Enrique Enriquez de Sotomayor 1631 1635
43 Captain General Iñigo de la Mota Sarmiento 1635 1641
44 Captain General Agustín de Silva y Figueroa 1641 1641
45 Captain General Juan de Bolaños 1642 1643
46 Fernando de la Riva Agüero y Setien 1643 1648
47 Diego de Aguilera y Gamboa 1649 1655
48 José Novoa y Moscoso Pérez y Buitron 1655 1660
49 Captain General Juan Pérez de Guzmán y Chagoyen 1660 1664
50 Jerónimo de Velasco 1664 1670
51 Gaspar de Arteaga y Aunoavidao 1670 1674
52 Diego Roblandillo 1674 1674
53 Captain General Baltazar Figueroa y Castilla 1674 1674
54 Alonso de Campos y Espinosa 1675 1678
55 Juan de Robles Lorenzana 1678 1683
56 Captain General Gaspar Martínez de Andino 1683 1685
57 Juan Francisco Medina 1685 1690
58 Gaspar de Arredondo y Valle 1690 1695
59 Juan Francisco Medina 1695 1697
60 Tomás Franco 1697 1698
61 Antonio de Robles Silva 1698 1699
62 Gabriel Suárez de Ribera 1700 1703
63 Diego Jiménez de Villarán 1703 1703
64 Francisco Sánchez Calderón 1703 1703
65 Pedro Arroyo y Guerrero 1704 1705
66 Juan Francisco López de Morla 1706 1706
67 Francisco Danío Granados 1706 1708
68 Colonel Juan de Ribera 1709 1715
69 José Francisco Carreño 1716 1716
70 Alfonso Bortodano 1716 1720
71 Francisco Danio Granados 1720 1724
72 Captain General José Antonio de Mendizabal y Azcue 1724 1730
73 Lieutenant Colonel Matías de Abadía 1731 1743
74 Domingo Pérez de Mandares 1743 1744
75 Colonel Juan José Colomo 1744 1750
76 Colonel Agustín de Parejas 1750 1751
77 Lieutenant Colonel Esteban Bravo de Rivero 1751 1753
78 Captain General Felipe Ramírez de Estenos 1753 1757
79 Esteban Bravo de Rivero 1757 1759
80 Mateo de Guaso Calderón 1759 1760
81 Esteban Bravo de Rivero 1760 1761
82 Ambrosio de Benavides.jpg Lieutenant Colonel Ambrosio de Benavides 1761 1766
83 Colonel Marcos de Vergara 1766 1766
84 Lieutenant Colonel José Trentor 1766 1770
85 Colonel Miguel de Muesas 1769 1776
86 José Dufresne 1782.jpg Colonel José Dufresne 1776 1783
87 Don Juan Daban .jpg Field Marshal Don Juan Andrés Daban y Busterino 1783 1789
88 Coronel Francisco Torralbo y Robles 1789 1789
89 Retrato del Governador don Miguel Antonio de Ustáriz (pintura).jpg Brigadier General Miguel Antonio de Ustariz 1789 1792
90 Coronel Francisco Torralbo y Robles 1792 1794
91 Brigadier General Enrique Grimarest 1794 1795
92 Ramon de Castro.jpg Field Marshal Don Ramón de Castro y Gutiérrez 1795 1804
93 Toribio Montes 1804 1809
94 Salvador Meléndez Bruna 1809 1820
95 Brigadier General Juan Vasco y Pascual March 24, 1820 August 7, 1820
96 Brigadier General Gonzalo Arostegui y Herrera August 7, 1820 February 12, 1822
97 Coronel José de Navarro February 12, 1822 May 30, 1822
98 Francisco González de Linares May 30, 1822 December 4, 1823
99 Miguel de la Torre y Pando.png Lieutenant General Miguel Luciano de La Torre y Pando December 4, 1823 1837
100 Francisco Javier de Moreda y Prieto 1837 1838
101 Domingo valdivieso-Retrato de Miguel López de Baños.jpg Field Marshal Miguel López de Baños 1838 1841
102 Estado Mayor General del Ejército Español-santiago méndez de vigo.jpg Lieutenant General Santiago Méndez de Vigo 1841 1844
103 Lieutenant General Rafael de Aristegui y Vélez 1844 1847
104 Prim madrazo.jpeg Field Marshal Don Juan Prim de Prats y Gonzalez 1847 1848
105 Retrato de Juan de la Pezuela.jpg Lieutenant General Juan de la Pezuela y Cevallos 1848 1851
106 Enrique de España y Taberner 1851 1852
107 Fernando Escudero Norzagaray.jpg Lieutenant General Fernándo Norzagaray y Escudero 1852 1855
108 GarcíaCamba.jpg Lieutenant General Andrés García Camba 1855 1855
109 José Lemery, de Bernardo Blanco y Pérez (cropped).jpg Lieutenant General José Lemery Ibrarrola Ney y Gonzalez 1855 1857
110 Fernando Cotoner.jpg Lieutenant General Fernando Cotoner y Chacon 1857 1860
111 Sabino Gamir Maladen 1860 1860
112 CARTE DE VISITE DEL GENERAL ECHAGÜE (COLECCIÓN ROMERO ORTIZ).jpg Lieutenant General Rafael Echague y Bermingham 1860 1862
113 Brigadier General Rafael Izquierdo y Gutierrez 1862 1863
114 Felix Maria de Messina Iglesias.jpg Lieutenant General Félix María de Messina Iglesias April 1862 November 1865
115 Jose Matía Marchessi y Oleaga.jpg Lieutenant General José María Marchessi y Oleaga 1865 1867
116 General Julián Juan Pavia Lacy 1867 1868
117 General José Laureano Sanz y Posse 1868 1870
118 Lieutenant General Gabriel Baldrich 1870 1871
119 General Ramón Gómez Pulido 1871 1872
120 General Simón de la Torre Ormaza 1872 1872
121 Brigadier General Joaquín Eurile Hernan 1872 1873
122 Lieutenant General Juan Martínez Plowes 1873 1873
123 General Rafael Primo de Rivera y Sobremonte 1873 1874
124 General José Laureano Sanz y Posse 1875 1875
125 General Segundo de la Portilla Gutierrez 1875 1877
126 General Manuel de la Serna Hernandez y Pinzón 1877 1878
127 General José Gamir Maladen 1878 1878
128 Eulogio Despujols y Dusay.jpg General Eulogio Despujols y Dussay 1878 1881
129 General Segundo de la Portilla Gutierrez 1881 1883
130 Miguel de la Vega Inclán.jpg General Miguel de la Vega Inclán y Palma 1883 1884
131 General Don Carlos Suances Campos 1884 1884
132 General Ramón Fajardo Izquierdo 1884 1884
133 Luis Dabán y Ramírez de Arellano.jpg General Luis Daban y Ramírez de Arellanó 1884 1887
134 Gen. Romualdo Palacios González, Gobernador de Puerto Rico en 1887 (DSC00441H2b).jpg General Romualdo Palacios Gonzalez 1887 1887
135 General Juan Contreras Martinez 1887 1888
136 General Pedro Ruiz Dana 1888 1890
137 Brigadier General José Pascual Bonanza 1890 1890
138 General José Lasso y Pérez 1890 1893
139 Antonio Dabán y Ramírez de Arellano, La Ilustración Española y Americana.jpg General Antonio Daban y Ramírez de Arrellanó 1893 1895
140 General José Gamir 1895 1896
141 General Emilio March 1896 1896
142 General Sabas Marín González 1896 1898
143 Ricardo de Ortega y Diez.jpg General Ricardo de Ortega y Diez 1898 1898
144 General Andrés González Muñoz 1898 1898
145 Ricardo de Ortega y Diez.jpg General Ricardo de Ortega y Diez 1898 1898
146 Macias1.jpg General Manuel Macías Casado 1898 1898
147 Ricardo de Ortega y Diez.jpg General Ricardo de Ortega y Diez 1898 1898

Governors under U.S. colonial administration

Military government

Image Name Took office Left office Reference
1 Nelson A. Miles by Brands Studios, 1898.jpg Commanding General Nelson A. Miles 1898 1898
2 John R. Brooke.jpg Major General John R. Brooke 1898 1898
3 Guy V. Henry.jpg Major General Guy Vernor Henry 1898 1899
4 GeorgeWDavis.jpg Major General George Whitefield Davis 1899 1900

Post-Foraker Act of 1900

Image Name Took office Left office Notes Reference
1 Charles Herbert Allen, 1898.jpg Charles Herbert Allen May 1, 1900 September 15, 1901 First U.S. civil governor appointed by President William McKinley
2 William H. Hunt.jpg William Henry Hunt September 15, 1901 July 4, 1904
3 Beekman Winthrop by George Bain (cropped).jpg Beekman Winthrop July 4, 1904 April 17, 1907
4 Regispost.jpg Regis Henri Post 1907 1909
5 GR Colton Puerto Rico Governor.jpg George Radcliffe Colton 1909 1913
6 Arthur Yager.JPG Arthur Yager 1913 1921
7 José E. Benedicto 1921 1921 Interim governor
8 E Mont Reily.jpg Emmet Montgomery Reily July 30, 1921 March 1923
9 Juan Bernardo Huyke March 1923 April 1, 1923 Interim governor
10 TOWNER, HORACE M. HONORABLE.jpg Horace Mann Towner April 1, 1923 September 29, 1929
11 James R. Beverley 1929 September 9, 1929
12 Theodore Roosevelt Jr. 1921.jpg Theodore Roosevelt Jr. September 9, 1929 January 1932
13 James R. Beverley 2nd Term January 1932 July 3, 1933
14 Robert Hayes Gore July 3, 1933 January 11, 1934
15 Benjamin Jason Horton January 11, 1934 February 5, 1934
16 WINSHIP, BLANTON. GENERAL LCCN2016859969.jpg Blanton C. Winship February 5, 1934 June 25, 1939 Summarily removed by President Roosevelt on May 12, 1939.
17 José E. Colón June 25, 1939 September 11, 1939 Interim governor
18 Governor William D. Leahy.jpg William D. Leahy September 11, 1939 November 28, 1940
19 José Miguel Gallardo November 28, 1940 February 1941 Interim governor
20 Guy J. Swope February 1941 July 24, 1941
21 José Miguel Gallardo July 24, 1941 September 19, 1941 Interim governor
22 Rexford G Tugwell 08e03507t.jpg Rexford Tugwell September 19, 1941 September 2, 1946
23 Jesus T. Piñero.jpg Jesús T. Piñero September 2, 1946 January 2, 1949 Only native Puerto Rican governor appointed under US colonial administration

Governors under the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

      Popular Democratic Party (6)
      New Progressive Party (6)

US Party Affiliation

      Democratic Party (8)
      Republican Party (3)
      Independent (1)

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Party Election Affiliation
within U.S. politics
1 Luis Muñoz Marín.jpg Luis Muñoz Marín
(1898–1980)
January 2, 1949 January 2, 1965 Popular Democratic 1948 Independent
1952
1956
1960
2 Gobernador de Puerto Rico Roberto Sánchez Vilella en el año 1958.jpg Roberto Sánchez Vilella
(1913–1997)
January 2, 1965 January 2, 1969 Popular Democratic 1964 Democratic
3 Luis A. Ferré.jpg Luis A. Ferré
(1904–2003)
January 2, 1969 January 2, 1973 New Progressive 1968 Republican
4 Rafael Hernández Colón, Former Governor of Puerto Rico.jpg Rafael Hernández Colón
(1936–2019)
January 2, 1973 January 2, 1977 Popular Democratic 1972 Democratic
5 Carlos Antonio Romero-Barceló.jpg Carlos Romero Barceló
(b. 1932)
January 2, 1977 January 2, 1985 New Progressive 1976 Democratic
1980
6 Rafael Hernández Colón, Former Governor of Puerto Rico.jpg Rafael Hernández Colón
(1936–2019)
January 2, 1985 January 2, 1993 Popular Democratic 1984 Democratic
1988
7 PedroRossello.jpg Pedro Rosselló González
(b. 1944)
January 2, 1993 January 2, 2001 New Progressive 1992 Democratic
1996
8 Puerto Rican Governor Sila Calderon at the Pentagon, Feb 27, 2001.jpg Sila María Calderón
(b. 1942)
January 2, 2001 January 2, 2005 Popular Democratic 2000 Democratic
9 Anibal Acevedo Vila.jpg Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
(b. 1962)
January 2, 2005 January 2, 2009 Popular Democratic 2004 Democratic
10 Luis Fortuño congressional portrait.jpg Luis Fortuño Burset
(b. 1960)
January 2, 2009 January 2, 2013 New Progressive 2008 Republican
11 Alejandro Garcia Padilla -cropped.jpg Alejandro García Padilla
(b. 1971)
January 2, 2013 January 2, 2017 Popular Democratic 2012 Democratic
12 Ricardo Rosselló Nevares
(b. 1979)
January 2, 2017 August 2, 2019 New Progressive 2016 Democratic
Pedro-Pierluisi-cropped.jpg Pedro Pierluisi
(b. 1959)
De facto
August 2, 2019 August 7, 2019 New Progressive None Democratic
13 Chris Murphy with Wanda Vasquez (cropped).jpg Wanda Vázquez Garced
(b. 1960)
August 7, 2019 Incumbent New Progressive None Republican


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