Ramon Granados Marquez

Ramon Granados Marquez was born on September 14, 1880, in Arcena, Huelva, Spain.  

He married Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila of Seville.  Since Ramon was in Cuba at the time, they were married by proxy, in a civil ceremony in Seville on January 20, 1903.  Concepcion's brother Viriato stood in for Ramon.  Maria Concepcion left for Cuba and was married to Ramon in a ceremony before a priest on February 10, 1903.

Ramon died in Washington, DC on June 21, 1937 of a cerebral hemorrhage and stroke.  He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery (section 58 lot 494) on Bladensburg Road in NE Washington, DC.

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written by his daughter, Connie Granados McKnew. 5-17-88

My father, Ramon Granados y Marquez, emigrated to the United States, settling in Washington, DC in 1910.

Ramon Granados was born in Aracena, in the province of Huelva in Spain, on the 15th of September, 1880.  This is near the city of Palos where Columbus set sail for the New World.  His father was the Governor of the Province of Huelva.

Ramon was educated in the schools of Salamanca and Sevilla, obtaining his Masters Degree from the University of Sevilla.

In 1900, he was selected by the Spanish government to teach Spanish grammar in Cuba.  in Cuba, he met General Leonard Wood, who was Commissioner of the United States.  he was instrumental in Professor Granados' coming to this country, where there was a need for Spanish teachers.  In Washington, he taught at the Berlitz School.  In 1913, he established the Spanish School of Washington which he managed until the time of his death in 1937.  Many Military and State Department personnel attended his school.  Professor Granados also taught at Georgetown University and St. John's College high School.

Professor Granados found a home on k Street, NW, near the State Department and the White House, and sent for his wife and four children who were still in Seville.

I remember our maid taking me to Thomson School kindergarten and my brother to Franklin School.  We could not speak a word of English, but we soon learned.  On weekends, we were taken to Keith's Theater or to the movie to see Charlie Chaplin.  On Easter Monday, we went to the White House to roll our Easter Eggs.  We also were taken to Glen Echo Amusement Park.  My father told us that on new Year's Day, President William Howard Taft stood in front of the White House and shook hands with the people until his hand bled.

In 1913, the family moved to Prince George's County, Maryland.  We were educated in Prince George's County and DC Public Schools. 

Professor Granados married Concepcion Rey Capdevila in 1903, who died in 1930.  A large family resulted from this marriage, six girls and four boys.

Professor Granados was naturalized a citizen of the United States in the District of Columbia Supreme Court in 1917, along with his wife and seven children.  Three children had not bee born at the time.

My father died in his office in 1937.  There are 220 direct descendants*.  Many still live in the Metropolitan Area of Washington, holding jobs of importance.  Most of the others are scattered over the Eastern portion of the United States.


* This biography was written in 1988.  Descendants now number over 400.


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