Luis A. Ferré

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Don Luis Alberto Ferré Aguayo (February 17, 1904 – October 21, 2003) was a Puerto Rican engineer, industrialist, politician, philanthropist, and a patron of the arts. He was the third Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1969 to 1973, and the founding father of the New Progressive Party which advocates for Puerto Rico becoming a state of the United States of America. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Early life

Luis Alberto Ferré Aguayo was born in the southern city of Ponce, Puerto Rico on February 17, 1904. Ferré's grandfather was a French engineer who was involved in the construction of the Panama Canal before settling in a residence in Cuba.[1] Ferre's father, Antonio Ferré, was born in Cuba and immigrated to Puerto Rico where he founded the company Puerto Rico Iron Works, in Barrio Playa de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico.[1][2] In Puerto Rico Antonio met Maria Aguayo Casals, who was a cousin of Spanish Catalan cellist Pau Casals.[1] Antonio and Maria had four sons, Luis, Jose, Carlos and Herman Ferré, and two daughters, Rosario and Isolina Ferré.[1]

He studied Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtaining his bachelor's degree in 1924 and masters degree in 1925, and music at the New England Conservatory of Music.[3] During this time, while living in Boston, Ferré developed an admiration for the "American way of democracy".[4]

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