A Guam Pioneer Remembered – Carlos Taitano Passes Away

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Carlos Taitano

Carlos Taitano

Pioneer: Carlos P. Taitano will be remembered for what he did for Guam

March 28, 2009 – Pacific Daily News

On Wednesday, Guam lost one of the founding fathers of our local democracy. Carlos P. Taitano, a former legislative speaker, died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

Taitano was a member of the Guam Congress following World War II. But he, and other legislators, weren’t satisfied with the level of self-government afforded to the Chamorros and the lack of authority given to the Guam Congress. The island was under the administration of the Navy, which meant the naval governor — usually an admiral — made all the rules. The Guam Congress was more symbolic than anything else.

In 1949, Taitano and the other members of the Guam Congress walked out in protest of the Navy-appointed governor. Taitano informed major U.S. media outlets, such as the New York Times and Washington Post, about the walkout. The ensuing articles were credited with raising widespread sympathy for Guam’s people.

The administration of Guam then was turned over to the Interior Department and military governors were replaced with civilian governors. And the following year, on Aug. 1, 1950, President Harry Truman signed the Organic Act of Guam, which granted U.S. citizenship to the island’s residents.

Although it would be more than 20 years before the people of Guam could finally elect their own governor, the path to our self-governance was paved by the efforts of Taitano and his contemporaries.

The people of Guam owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Taitano, and to the other members of the Guam Congress, for their commitment to making our island into a true democracy. They stood up for what was right.

We offer the family of Carlos P. Taitano our condolences for their loss. He will be missed, but his legacy will forever be a significant part of our island’s rich history.

Carlos Taitano Dies in Mainland

By Mindy Aguon

Published Mar 26, 2009 KUAM

Former Guam Speaker Carlos Pangelinan Taitano has passed away. He died on Wednesday. His son, Tyrone, made this statement: “ He died peacefully at his Los Angeles, California home surrounded by his children Linda, Carl, and Tyrone. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

Taitano was 92 years old.

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