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Togarma Rodriguez

was born on 21 October 1910 in Salcedo, a remote town of Hermanas Mirabal Province in the Cibao Valley situated in the northern region of the Dominican Republic. From a young age, Tejada Florentino was known for his hard work, discipline, and strong sense of solidarity—qualities he would carry on into adulthood. He was well known for his dedication to the promotion of Freemasonry within the Dominican Republic, as well as promoting the development of athletic clubs. He was instrumental in establishing the first Boy Scout organization in his hometown of Salcedo. A humanist at heart, Florentino enjoyed reading literature and listening to music; he is also known as the first director of his hometown’s music band.

Though he was forced to work from a very early age in order to supplement his mother s income first as a bootblack and then as a carpenter he dedicated himself to the ...