José Celso Barbosa

Politician, Organization founder

1857 – 1921

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Who was José Celso Barbosa?

Dr. José Celso Barbosa was a Puerto Rican physician, sociologist and political leader. Known within Puerto Rico's New Progressive Party as "The father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement," He was the first Puerto Rican to earn a medical degree in the United States. After his return to the island in 1880, Barbosa made many contributions to medicine and public health. He initiated an early form of health insurance, encouraging employers to pay a fee to cover future needs of their employees. Barbosa was among the first five Puerto Rican leaders appointed in 1900 to the Executive Cabinet under Governor Charles H. Allen, in the first civilian government organized by the United States. He served in the Cabinet until 1917. From 1917-1921, Barbosa served in the first elected Puerto Rican Senate.

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Born
Jul 27, 1857
Bayamón
Also known as
  • Jose Celso Barbosa
  • Dr. José Celso Barbosa
Religion
  • Catholicism
Profession
Education
  • University of Michigan
Died
Sep 21, 1921
San Juan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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