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José Tous Soto (October 2, 1874 – March 22, 1933) was a Puerto Rican politician and former Senator and Representative.

José Tous Soto
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
from the Guayama district
In office
8th Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1874-10-02)October 2, 1874
San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
DiedMarch 22, 1933(1933-03-22) (aged 58)
Puerto Rico
Political partyLiberal Party
Republican Party
Alianza Puertorriqueña
Alma materUniversity of Oviedo
ProfessionPolitician, Attorney


Early years and educationEdit

José Tous Soto was born in San Lorenzo on October 2, 1874. He graduated from law at the University of Oviedo in Spain.

Political careerEdit

Party allianceEdit

Tous began his political career with the Liberal Fusionist Party, led by Luis Muñoz Rivera. He then joined the Republican Party.


In 1900, he was chosen to occupy a seat in the House of Delegates of Puerto Rico, representing the district of Guayama. In 1914, he was elected for another term, this time representing the district of Ponce.

In 1917, Tous was a member of the first Puerto Rican Senate established by the Jones-Shafroth Act. He represented the District VI (Guayama).

Served as Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives from 1925 to 1930.

When the Campbell Project was presented in 1922[by whom?], Tous opposed to it.[citation needed] The project offered Puerto Rico the possible development of an autonomous state.

Leadership in the AlianzaEdit

He continued serving at the Senate, until 1924. That year, Tous and Antonio Barceló, then Senate president, led a merging of the Republican Party with the opposing Union of Puerto Rico, forming Alianza Puertorriqueña. The merging came as a means to unify the efforts of the politicians legislating in favor of better conditions for Puerto Ricans. As a result, Tous became a member of the House of Representatives while Barceló continued in the Senate.[1][2][3][4]


Tous Soto died on March 22, 1933.