Man Dead for 200 Years Gets American Citizenship

Sometimes it takes a while to get things done. Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, the Viscount of Gálvez, was recently granted honorary American citizenship. Gálvez was a hero of the American Revolution, having led battles against the British at Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast. Galveston, Texas is named for Gálvez.

Congress previously has only given “honorary” citizenship to seven people, including Winston Churchill and more prominent Revolutionary heroes like the Marquis de Lafayette and Count Casimir Pulaski. Gálvez appears to be the first native Spanish-speaker to get the designation — at a time when the House hasn’t acted on Senate-passed immigration legislation, which includes a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who came here illegally.

You can read more in an article by Geoff Earle in the New York Post at


It is nice to know that our Congress can actually agree on something and pass it as a unified body of Government…. Is there hope for more?


I am pleased to see Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish Colonial Governor of Louisiana (1777-1785) finally being recognized with citizenship for his contribution to during the American Revolution. I am particularly pleased to have discovered it was he, (Galvez) who granted Freedom by affixing his signature to the manumission document, dated Dec 16, 1779 of my 4th generation great grandmother named Agnes. That same document led me to the discovery of my Louisiana Patriot of the American Revolution ancestor, a French National named Mathieu Devaux dit Platillo. Together their story and association with Galvez has given my family and I an amazing legacy that is capture in the PBS segment of the History Detectives titled the GALVEZ PAPERS, see here: and also in my awarded winning memoir, titled” GOT PROOF! My Genealogical Journey through the use of documentation:


    Michael – How wonderful. So great to know so many interesting facts about your forebears. Congrats on your award, too.


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