Person - Power Giralt, Ramón (1775-1813)

Power Giralt, Ramón (1775-1813)




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Fechas de existencia:

San Juan (Puerto Rico)  1775-10-07 - Cádiz (España)  1813-06-10


He was a marine and a government representative in the Cadiz Cortes (parliament).

He was the illegitimate son of the alderman and royal ensign of the city of San Juan de Puerto Rico, Joaquín Power y Morgan and of Josefa Giralt y Santalla. Joaquín Power had a high economic position, he was a slave owner and he also had sugar mills near the capital. He was a relative of the Holy Office and also a knight of the Order of Charles III. Due to his position, Ramón was able to study from the age of twelve, first in Bilbao and then in France. After that he studied in the Colegio de Guarda Marinas in Ferrol, graduating in 1792 and joined the Navy. He reached the rank of frigate ensign in 1793 when he was doing commissions for the Mediterranean on board the ship San Pedro Apóstol. In 1796 he was promoted to ensign of a ship making departures from the ports of North America. He was appointed assistant to Lieutenant General Juan Moreno, with whom he took part in the war against Great Britain in Cadiz and Algeciras with the royal ship Carlos, managing to be promoted to lieutenant in 1802. Between 1805 and 1808 he served as commander of schooners. His successful maneuvers to circumvent the English blockade earned him a favorable entry on his service record that would earn him a promotion to lieutenant; and his skillful intervention in the war against the French in Santo Domingo at the command of the brigantine El Aguila got him a promotion to frigate captain in May 1811. Two years earlier, when the island was declared a province of Spain with the right to political representation, and by means of a drawing of lots among the five candidates chosen by each of the five city councils of the island, he was elected, first as a member of the Supreme and Governing Board of 1809, and later as an alderman of the town council of the Puerto Rican capital.

In 1810, when the convocation of the members of the abolished Supreme Board was revoked, Power was elected as Government Representative of Puerto Rico at the Cortes. He was elected first vice president of the Cortes on the second day. He was a member of various commissions. He worked hard to liberalize Puerto Rico's political regime and to consolidate the rights of his fellow Creoles.

He died of yellow fever in the city of Cadiz on June 10, 1813.

Cortes de Cádiz, 1810-1813

Date of the event: 1810 - 1813



Bilbao (Bizkaia, España)  Obs.:  Estudió en

Francia  Obs.:  Estudió en

Ferrol (A Coruña, España)  Obs.:  Estudió en

Lugar de Nacimiento:

San Juan (Puerto Rico) in 1775-10-07

Lugar de Defunción:

Cádiz (España) in 1813-06-10


Diccionario biográfico de parlamentarios españoles. 1, Cortes de Cádiz, 1810-1814 [Madrid]: Cortes Generales, Servicios de Publicaciones. 1 disco (CD-ROM). 978-84-7943-386-4 .

García León, José María. Los diputados doceañistas : una aproximación al estudio de los diputados de las Cortes Generales y Extraordinarias (1810-1813). José Mª García León. [Cádiz]: Ayuntamiento de Cádiz. 2 v. (808 p.). 84-89736-51-0.

Related Authorities

Junta Central Suprema Gubernativa del Reino (España)  ( Es miembro de )

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Power Morgán, Joaquín (1725-?)  - Descendant (Es hijo/a de)

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