Mayors

Republican Era
1899-1901   Jacinto Hernandez Vargas  
1901-1905   Leandro Rodriguez Colina From 1902 to 1907 no Mayoral elections were held because the Organic Law of the Municipalities had not been approved until May 29, 1908 by the Intervention Government of Charles E. Magoon, the Mayors being appointed by resolution adopted by the Town Councils, in accordance to the dispositions of a law of Senator Alfredo Zayas Alfonso, sanctioned by President Don Tomas Estrada Palma on July 5, 1902. In 1905 the so-called Combat Cabinet deposed Leandro Rodriguez Colina replacing him with Ignacio de Ayala.
1905-1908   Ignacio de Ayala  
1908-1916   Emilio Roger Calle Emilio Roger Calle was nicknamed Mosura. Old people from Güines who lived during his mandate, state that he was a great politician. When he wished to carry out some project and believed that he was going to find opposition from the Councilmen in City Hall, he would sit down at the President’s table to discuss the project with the Councilmen and would place his revolver on top of the table, as a subtle reminder. Needless to say that his project was always approved.(Anecdote supplied by Panchito Arocha, Glendale, California).

1916-1920   Eduardo Grau Gomez  
1920-1926   Cayetano Gonzalez Cayetano Gonzalez was easygoing and talkative. His political lore is extensive and long. To wit: During the 1920 electoral campaign, he promised a farmer from a rural borough of Güines, who controlled a great number of votes, that if he was elected Mayor, he would offer the administration of the local health office to him as a reward for his help. When he was elected Mayor, the farmer came to Güines to request from Cayetano the position offered, but the newly elected Mayor informed the farmer that he was sorry but he couldn’t fulfill the promise because he had received instructions from the Secretary of Public Health, that the local health administrator had to be a doctor. (Anecdote supplied by Panchito Arocha, Glendale, California).

1926-1932   Jose Diaz Valdivia Jose Diaz Valdivia was a Mayor that went into office a rich man and when he left the municipal chair in 1932, he was poor. (Information supplied by Panchito Arocha, Glendale, California and corroborated by the Mayor’s son, Jose (Pepe) Diaz Diaz who resides in Long Beach, California).

1932 (?)   Justiniano Reyes Justiniano Reyes was an interim Mayor by substitution around 1932 for a short period during the Government of General Machado, when he was President of the Town Council.

1932 (?)   Francisco Palomares Francisco Palomares was an interim Mayor by substitution around 1932 for a short period. He was the only black Mayor Güines had.

1932-1933   Manuel Gonzalez Regalado  
1933-1936   Francisco Fernandez Tosco  
1933-1936 (?)   Carlos J. Smith Carlos J. Smith, according to reference books we have consulted, appears as de facto Mayor of Güines in 1933, together with Francisco (Panchito) Fernandez Tosco and Armando Fernandez Jorva, although old people from Güines that we have talked to, do not remember this person as Mayor.

1933-1936   Armando Fernandez Jorva According to the opinion of many people from Güines who knew him personally, Armando Fernandez Jorva was the most complete politician that Cuba had produced. This hyperbolic phrase has been repeated by many of those who knew him, including many who now reside in California, Florida and other places. He was a man of his time, attentive, a friend of his friends, unaffected and good-natured, with great charisma and personal courage and a great love for Güines. He was elected as co-Mayor of Güines in 1933 and re-elected in 1936. In 1938 he was elected to the House of Representatives and Tirso Brito Diaz substituted him as Mayor.

1936-1938   Armando Fernandez Jorva  
1938-1946   Tirso Brito Diaz  
1946 (?)   Guillermo Gonzalez Freire Guillermo Gonzalez Freire was an interim Mayor. We have not been able to exactly find out the circumstances of his raise to power, nor the exact date, nor its duration. We understand according to the memories of old people from Güines that we have talked to and that lived during that period that it was around 1946, between the Mayoral terms of Tirso Brito and Jaime Quintero.

1946 (?)   Miguel Ocejo Suarez Miguel Ocejo Suarez was an interim Mayor. We have not been able to find exactly the circumstances of his rise to power, nor the exact date, nor its duration. We understand according to the memories of old people from Güines that we have talked to and who lived during that period that it was around 1946, between the Mayoral terms of Tirso Brito and Jaime Quintero.

1946-1950   Jaime Quintero Gomez  
1949 (?)   Eugenio Dominguez Guerra Eugenio Dominguez Guerra was an interim Mayor for a short time during Jaime Quintero Gomez’s mandate, when the latter requested a leave of absence for a period of time. We do not know the exact date, although we believe it was around 1949. Eugenito, as he was known, was President of the Town Council.

1950-1952   Arcelio Tagle Borges  
1952-1958   Rafael Morales Febles  
1958
(Mayor-elect)
  Julian Martinez Diaz Julian Martinez Diaz was the elected Mayor in 1958 after close elections, defeating Rafael Morales Febles. He was not sworn in because on January 1, 1959, the Communist hordes took over the Government of Cuba.

Translated by the Staff of Círculo Güinero de Los Ángeles

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