Antonio Borja Won Pat

Antonio Borja Won Pat

Birth
Guam
Death 1 May 1987 (aged 78)
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Piti, Guam
Memorial ID 21434105 · View Source
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US Congressman. He was educated locally and became a school teacher and principal. In 1936 he was elected to Guam's Advisory Congress. When the Guam legislature was reorganized after the Japanese occupation during World War II, Won Pat won election to the Assembly in 1948. He served until 1965 and was Speaker for all but one term. A longtime advocate of US Territory status for Guam, in 1965 Won Pat was elected to serve as Guam's advocate in Washington, DC, and was reelected in 1968. He realized his goal in the early 1970s, and in 1972 was elected as a Democrat to serve as Guam's first non-voting Delegate to the US House of Representatives. He was reelected five times and served from 1973 to 1985. Won Pat ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1984, after which he retired. Won Pat continued to visit Congress to monitor appropriations for Guam, an activity in which he was engaged when he was stricken with a fatal heart attack. Guam's international airport was named in his honor. His daughter Judith has served in Guam's Senate.

Bio by: Bill McKern

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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 8 Sep 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21434105
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Antonio Borja Won Pat (10 Dec 1908–1 May 1987), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21434105, citing Guam Veterans Cemetery, Piti, Guam ; Maintained by Find A Grave .